At the start of eighth grade, Amelia accidentally receives a letter that Clara, her sister, put in a time capsule shortly before she died. In the letter, Clara made a list of her own goals for eighth grade. Amelia is still grieving the loss of Clara after all these years. Feeling inspired by the list, Amelia tries to complete Clara's goals as a way of honoring her sister. But the two girls are very different and Amelia struggles to do even one thing from the list. In the end, she learns that she has to go her own way, including how she copes with her sister's death.
There's not really anything new here, but Holt does a nice job of showing Amelia's struggle and her eventual ability to resolve her issues. Along the way, Amelia makes some bad choices and also learns a bit from the mistakes of her friends. Overall, a short and functional story of grief and recovery.
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