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" and she is trying to get kidnapped by her biological mother, Gloria, to ensure that her Baby Doll is safe.  Ginny was with Gloria, a drug addict, for nine years and was neglected and abused by Gloria and her various boyfriends.  How can Ginny be so desperate to return to that life?  She is beside herself because she has to get back to her Baby Doll.  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 I'm sure it will be a success.  It would also make an excellent choice for a book club.  

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