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Book Review: Ginny Moon

I’d heard this book recommend to those who liked The Rosie Project, and while I wasn’t a huge fan of the execution of that novel, I did like the premise. Ginny Moon is about a 14-year-old autistic girl who can’t seem to find her place in the world. 
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The narration of this novel really caught my attention. It was both captivating and frustrating, and really exuded the way Ginny perceived the world and her surroundings. Whether it’s her trying to quantify who she is (“I am not Ginny. I am (-Ginny)),” remember and articulate new words she’s learned, or trying to make sense of her life before the foster care system, Ludwig did a fantastic job of expressing Ginny’s thoughts and allowing the reader to enter her often discombobulated mind. 

While reading from Ginny’s perspective was frustrating, it was even more troublesome to hear about her parents and family’s perspectives on the matter. Ginny wasn't aware of her own quirks, didn't understand when someone was frustrated and wasn't always able to articulate herself when she’s stressed or scared, often times leading to fights with those around her. Imagine having a son or daughter who never appears to be grateful for what they have, not because they aren’t but because they don’t know how to convey those feelings? Imagine them complaining when you are trying your best to make them feel comfortable, loved and respected? As difficult as it is to be autistic, I cannot even imagine the emotional and physical challenges that being a parent to an autistic child would be. Those frustrations were explained in the book and were both devastating and authentic. Ludwig is the parent of an autistic child, so the owned-voice narration of the parents is particularly appealing. 

“Do you have any idea how much bullshit we go through for you Do you have any idea how high my blood pressure is? Your mother won’t come out of the bedroom and I’m missing a ton of time at work. This isn’t routine, Ginny. This is pretty much unbearable. I’m trying to be as gracious and generous as I can, but I don’t know how much longer we can keep it up.” 

While the novel was told from Ginny’s perspective, that also made it a challenging read at times. Her thought process could be all over the place, her perception of the world could be distorted and there were times I would find myself rereading passages to try and make sense of the story. It’s a fine line between conveying the struggles Ginny faces while making a coherent story, and at times I found this book tread too close to the line. 

That being said, I think that this was an amazing book. I found myself laughing out loud and crying in my bed, but think that it’s a worthwhile read for anyone who is interested in literary fiction. 

xoxo K