I always hated when the cover and title of these books told me exactly what was going to happen. "Sad Good-bye"? Picture of Claudia's beloved grandma on the cover? You do the math. But I was actually kinda glad that instead of acting like Mimi's death is a surprise that the kids reading won't expect, they end up making the family's grief part of the plot. Claudia's parents deliberately distract themselves with work and she's kinda like "Wait, how do I get through this?" Her sister, who's usually portrayed like she has no feelings because she's smart and nerds are just nerds, actually takes a lead role in bringing the family together. There's also some other Good Family Messages when Claudia and Mary Anne (who aren't usually "paired up" together for anything) end up working with kids for an arts and crafts class and one of the kids there is one of those "must have lessons all day every day" children. So they get to try to help that kid communicate with her parents about cultivating a relationship. Better do it while you can! Anyway, this is also one of the books where the mood of the book and the mindset of the character actually kind of affected the storytelling in the book, which was neat. You really got this out-of-joint feeling from it, which works.