Friday, December 2, 2016

The Original Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

A special thank you to Edelweiss and Harlequin for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Ginny Moon is a 14-year-old autistic girl that has found her "forever home" but she is trying to get kidnapped by her biological mother, Gloria, to ensure that her Baby Doll is safe.  Ginny was with her mother, a drug addict, for nine years and was neglected and abused not only by Gloria, but also her various boyfriends.  How can Ginny be so desperate to return to that life?  This life is all she has known, and as a person with autism, routine is paramount to existence—like Ginny having to eat nine grapes for breakfast.

This was a mixed bag for me.  Ginny is an obvious unreliable narrator which drives the events forward.  Described as being in the same vein as Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Ludwig is just as convincing a writer as Haddon.  Why I can't give it a higher rating is that is was just plain depressing and sad.  I do know that others will love this book, and it would be an excellent choice for a book club.  

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