Carole Geithner's coming-of-age novel shines a realistic light on bereavement in adolescents. This is a moving and sometimes humorous story that has helped open difficult conversations in families, at schools, and among friends, about the often-avoided yet universal experience of loss.
“I love IF ONLY, and I love Corinna. The voice is so authentic, the details of friendships and family life so convincing, and the experiences of loss and grief and confusion and consolation so painfully true, that I sometimes forgot that I wasn't, in fact, reading the actual journal of a suffering and touching teenage girl trying her valiant best to come to some sort of terms with her mother's death…a wonderful book.”
— Judith Viorst, author of Necessary Losses and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day