Title: The Original Ginny Moon
Author: Benjamin Ludwig
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Description from Goodreads: “Told in an extraordinary and wholly unique voice that will candidly take you into the mind of a curious and deeply human character.
For the first time in her life, Ginny Moon has found her “forever home”—a place where she’ll be safe and protected, with a family that will love and nurture her. It’s exactly the kind of home that all foster kids are hoping for. So why is this 14-year-old so desperate to get kidnapped by her abusive, drug-addict birth mother, Gloria, and return to a grim existence of hiding under the kitchen sink to avoid the authorities and her mother’s violent boyfriends?
While Ginny is pretty much your average teenager—she plays the flute in the school band, has weekly basketball practice and studies Robert Frost poems for English class—she is autistic. And so what’s important to Ginny includes starting every day with exactly nine grapes for breakfast, Michael Jackson, bacon-pineapple pizza and, most of all, getting back to Gloria so she can take care of her baby doll.
THE ORIGINAL GINNY MOON is a compulsively readable and touching novel about being an outsider trying to find a place to belong and making sense of a world that just doesn’t seem to add up.”
Review: I wasn’t quite sure if I would like this book or not. The premise seemed good but usually I am let down by these types of books. This time, however, I was presently surprised. It was extremely well written and had an important message about children who have to be removed from their families as well as the way autistic children think. This really helped me to understand how their mind works.
This book made me see a different side of special needs children and the wonderful people who do foster care and go on to adopt these amazing kids. It was interesting to see that struggle that Ginny had when she needed to get something across but she just couldn’t find the right words and people couldn’t understand what she was trying to say. It was wonderful to be able to see inside her mind and how different her thought process was.
I would recommend this book to anyone. This is the type of book that will change your perspective on these situations, and I think most of us, at least those who don’t have a personal connection with these situations, could use a little deeper understanding.
*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*