*I was given a copy of Ginny Moon for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own*
I was recently sent an arc of Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig. Ginny’s story is that she is
“Now fourteen and in her 4th forever home. Ginny is hell-bent on returning to her mother’s apartment – despite knowing how dangerous that could be – to find something she insists she hid under the bed.
Ginny will steal, lie, plan her own kidnapping and tear apart every shred of the normal, stable life she currently has, just to find what she left at the furthest edge of forever”
I have been in a serious reading funk for most of this year. My concentration is just gone to the dogs and as a result, I worry about picking up a book as nothing seems to be keeping my attention these days. However, I need not have worried about that with Ginny Moon. It sucked me in from the first page and I could not put it down. I found time to read a few pages at work and read late in to the night to finish it. It was the kind of book that you couldn’t stop reading for fear of missing out but you didn’t want to read too fast for fear of finishing.
I know the point of me reviewing a book is to talk about said book, but I am afraid that if I start, I will never stop talking about what I loved and then whoever reads this review won’t have the joy of reading it themselves. So instead I want to tell you a bit about Ginny. Everything is exact and not approximate, like how she has 9 grapes for breakfast and how each chapter starts with the exact time and date. She adores Michael Jackson. And takes everything literally.
“I open the present. Inside is a set of the Star Wars movies, Parts Four, Five and Six. I do not know where Parts One and Two and Three are. I start to ask him if he is going to give me the first three movies too when he says, “I thought you should have the complete set.”
I want to tell him that it isn’t a complete set because the first three movies are missing but he keeps talking”
This is just one of the many instances in which Ginny takes things exactly as they are. Even though I have read other books that have Autistic children as the protagonist, I seemed to get a better understanding of what it is like to have autism from reading Ginny’s story.
Benjamin Ludwig has done an amazing job of creating such a real and tangible character in Ginny. Even though this book is a work of fiction, it is based upon Benjamin’s experience of adopting a girl with autism and her struggle to feel at home, just like Ginny.
Ginny Moon is a story of family, a story of love, communication problems and heartbreak. It is available to buy from June 1st in hardback, on e-book and on audio. If you are looking for a book to love this coming bank holiday weekend, please pick up a copy of Ginny Moon – I promise you won’t be disappointed.