The House at 758
By Kathryn Berla
A pain this deep may never subside.
Sixteen-year-old Krista is still grieving the untimely death of her mother when her father’s new girlfriend, Marie, moves into their home. Krista’s father has already moved on and wants Krista to do the same, but she’s not ready to resume a normal life yet. To make matters worse, her best and only remaining friend, Lyla, is heading to Maine for the summer to spend time with her grandparents.
Distancing herself from everyone around her, Krista spends all of her time sitting or sleeping in a tent on her roof, shoplifting just for the thrill, and obsessively watching a mysterious house, the house at 758.
When a fellow classmate, Jake, takes a sudden interest in her, Krista feels excited for the first time in two years, but after their first date, feelings of guilt consume her, and she ends up pushing Jake away.
It isn’t until her grandfather makes a surprise visit from Venezuela that Krista finally comes out of her shell. As her grandfather tells her stories about his past during the Holocaust, Krista learns to confront her grief and begin to let things go.
This story of loss and renewal is sure to keep readers rooting for Krista from the first to the very last page.
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Kathryn grew up in India, Syria, Europe, and Africa. Her love for experiencing new cultures runs deep, and she gives into it whenever she can. She has been an avid movie buff since childhood, and often sees the movie in her head before she writes the book.
Kathryn graduated from the University of California in Berkeley with a degree in English. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.