Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park
This novel was a quick and easy (language) read. I mentioned in my one update that the narrator, Phoebe, sets the stage of the novel by telling the reader right away that her brother Mick has died, not wanting the reader to become attached to the character then end up disappointed. The novel is simple in its premise: a book about a family dealing with the loss of one its members. Readers get to know Mick through flashbacks as they follow Phoebe coming to terms with her brother’s death, God (briefly) and what happens once people die.