Delicates by Brenna Thummler

Sheets, book 2
by Brenna Thummler

In this sequel to Sheets, Brenna Thummler once again covers heavy topics in a beautiful way.

With her father recovering from his grief and taking back his responsibilties, Marjorie is learning how to be a normal teenager. Balancing that with spending time with her ghost friend, Wendell, hsan’t been a simple transition for her. Wendell, however, is making new friends of his own. Still a bit lost and lonely, Wendell finds a friend in Eliza, a girl who is lost and lonely in her own way. Eliza is a social outcast, she loves photography and is obsessed with finding ghosts. She’s a sweet girl with a heartbreaking story.

As this book introduced our new main character, I wasn’t sure the story was going to hit as hard as the first book did. I’m happy to say I was wrong. In fact, I think this one hit even harder. The depiction of life after grief, when you’re supposed to recover and return to normal, shows how difficult it can be to let go of the things that kept you going and grab on to the things everyone else thinks you should be enjoying. More than that, this book beautifully and heartbreakingly depicts loneliness.

Marjorie struggles to connect with her new friends, Wendell struggles with being a ghost in the living world, and Eliza struggles with being surrounded by a lot of people who don’t care about the things she does. Well-written with lovely illustrations, I loved this poignant depiction of various types of loneliness finding one another and finding help.

The third and final installment in this series is set to release in September this year, so I’ll be looking forward to learning more about Wendell and seeing how this trio progresses for the conclusion