It’s been a while since I read something that I could not put down. This is a one-sitting book because I had absolutely no idea how it was going to unfold. The Original Ginny Moon is the story of an autistic teenage girl reacting to the world around her, but please don’t mistake that for girl version of Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time. She’s been taken from her mother, and is now on her third “forever family” because of little misunderstandings like the time she accidentally murdered a cat. Between her extremely literal view of the world and the wild things she’s experienced as normal, Ginny isn’t always able to relate to the world around her, but as the book goes on, her actions have internal consistency.
Yeah, the writing quality is solid and the plot works, but the real highlight in this novel is the characters. Not just the character of Ginny Moon, which is unique and bizarre and believable all at ones, but the amazing development of the secondary characters. The Original Ginny Moon almost made me miss my stop on the train.
(This is not a paid or even a requested post, although I did read this as an ARC.)