*This Review is Spoiler Free*
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt follows June Elbus, a 14 y.o. girl who has just lost her uncle/bestfriend Finn to an illness that her family refuses to name. At Finn’s funeral June notices an unfamiliar man hovering at the outskirts of the funeral proceedings and at a later date receives a package from this stranger as well as an invitation to meet. June accepts the invitation and proceeds to form a kinship with the stranger, Toby. Toby turns out to be her late uncle’s partner and is able to help June along her grief process as well as helping her discover/realize things about Finn and her relationship with him.
I remember closing this book for the last time, looking around me and just wanting someone to talk to about the book. I pretty much walked around in a blur for a week trying to regain my composure and return to reality. This book is an emotional read, and I feel like most of the connection some readers are able to make is purely based on emotions and the subject matters of death, AIDS in the 80/90s and how it was handled, and homophobia.
I really really enjoyed this book. I would re-read it (…probably more than once). But, when I do, I would make sure to read it more critically. My first read was purely with my heart…so I am the first to admit that my rating is incredibly biased. With that said I am giving this novel a 7-out-of-10 unicorn horns.