Get Over It is Fiona Linday's YA debut. Johnny is a teenager who hardly knows his dad. All of Johnny's life his father has been working for the Navy, but now Johnny's mum has died and as a 'bonding trip' father and son have gone off on a sailing holiday in Greece, a chance for them to get to know each other. As is expected, there is resistance from Johnny and awkward forced jollity from dad.
This YA book takes us on the journey that has to be experienced when a young person comes to terms with the loss of a parent. Linday's writing has a Christian message which is both unusual these days and some young readers may find unfamiliar. Despite this, if they recognise from this book the comfort they can get or can give in times of loss through any spiritual reading be it Christian or any other then this has to be a positive message.
Linday provides the reader with several websites that can be useful in child bereavement counselling that could be explored with a younger child through a parent or a teacher or by the teenager on their own. It would be interesting to see feedback on the potential role of this book from teachers and counsellors.
Get Over It is published by Onwards and Upwards Publications www.onwardsandupwards.org