This is a rare review from a traditional publisher. It was my turn to pick for my Book Club, and I cheated – headed to my to be read shelf and picked something I have wanted to read for a while. In 2018 I attended the Texas Library Conference and ducked into a session on the Lariat Awards – for adult books. A few winning authors were speaking about their books and at the end giving copies to the audience and signing them. This was one of the books I received.
Told from the viewpoint of Ginny, an autistic adopted, 14-year-old. While autism varies this one look inside the head of an autistic person gave great insight and a unique opportunity. There is also the drama of family dynamics when birth parents and adopted parents are both in the picture. It was a good read and a good book for discussion in our book club.
I’m sorry it took me so long, but I am so glad I read this book. My Book Club spent a great night discussing Ginny, her birth family, and her Forever family. Everyone agreed it was a good read!
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Ginny Moon is exceptional. Everyone knows it—her friends at school, teammates on the basketball team, and especially her new adoptive parents. They all love her, even if they don’t quite understand her. They want her to feel like she belongs.
What they don’t know is that Ginny has no intention of belonging. She’s found her birth-mother on Facebook, and is determined to get back to her—even if it means going back to a place that was extremely dangerous. Because Ginny left something behind and she’s desperate to get it back, to make things right.
But no one listens. No one understands. So Ginny takes matters into her own hands…
Benjamin Ludwig’s whip-smart, unforgettable novel is an illuminating look at one girl’s journey to find her way home and one of the freshest debuts in years.