Ginny Moon

Ginny Moon

by Benjamin Ludwig

Overview: Meet Ginny Moon. She's mostly your average teenager—she plays flute in the school band, has weekly basketball practice and reads Robert Frost poems for English class. But Ginny is autistic. And so what's important to her might seem a bit…different: starting every day with exactly nine grapes for breakfast, Michael Jackson, taking care of her baby doll and crafting a Big Secret Plan of escape.

Ginny has been in foster care for years, and for the first time in her life, she has found her "forever home"—a place where she'll be safe and protected, with a family who will love and nurture her. Though this is exactly the kind of home that all foster kids are hoping for, Ginny has other plans. She'll steal and lie and reach across her past to exploit the good intentions of those who love her—anything it takes to get back what's missing in her life. She'll even try to get herself kidnapped.

Told in an extraordinary and wholly original voice, The Original Ginny Moon is at once quirky, charming, bighearted, poignant and yet also heartbreaking and a bit dark. It's a story of a journey, about being an outsider trying to find a place to belong and about making sense of a world that just doesn't seem to add up.

Faith Bowers (09/10/17): This book will bring about much discussion in a book club. The book is written at a frenetic pace in the first person of Ginny an abused autistic child who is finally adopted by a couple she calls her forever parents. During the first half of the book, this relationship falls apart and the second half it gets built back.

I thought it was sad that she is misunderstood and unable to communicate really what is going on in her head. As her relationships disintegrate the pace slow down or you become accustomed to her way of thinking. It is a quick read, the writing works but it was not my favorite book.
Rating: ***

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