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    Ginny Moon

    Very moving discription of a young girl with a disability. And all her struggles. Hard to put down.
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    thoughtful and sensitive

    This is definitely a story that will be in my heart and thoughts for a long time. And for this I wanted to give the book more than three stars. But I had some serious difficulties with the reading flow of the story. And that is just me, I know that, but I had a hard time with that everybody and everything has not only a name but also a description. And I understand that this might be how autistic children think, but it just didn't help me getting through the book. I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin!
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    Excellent Read!

    Lack of clear communication is often at the heart of most misunderstandings and thus the cause of most friction and problems between people. Take that a step further, into the world of an autistic young teenager, where keeping silent and/or not saying what she thought or learning how to <i>self-advocate</i> (as the term is used in this book) and the problems and friction multiply. Ginny’s story is told in her own voice so we do get to understand – and empathize with – more thoughts and feelings inside her than her caregivers are able to. Her parents, teachers, and therapist are trying their best but they are also shut out from Ginny’s inner world to a large degree. So they continue trying to connect to Ginny’s world based on assumptions and guesses rather than based on Ginny’s inner drives, which she cannot articulate to them. This theme propels the story and there are many moments of tension, suspense, heartbreak, wanting first this outcome for Ginny, then a different outcome for Ginny – it was like being caught in a whirlwind and not being able to clearly see a way out or through. This is a very important story as Ginny’s voice is one that speaks for so many others who are unable to speak for themselves. It also holds lessons for all of us to perhaps learn how to listen more carefully and request more clarification when we need it to ensure we understand those communicating with us. Whether we are communicating with ‘special’ people, or with family, or with neighbours or friends, one of the lessons I received from this book is that we can all learn more about being clear in both our speech and our listening skills. I loved every page of this book and recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more about autism and how vital clear communication is in our lives.
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