“A brilliant debut.” —Graeme Simsion, New York Times bestselling author of The Rosie Project
Full of great big heart and unexpected humor, Ludwig’s debut introduces the lovable, wholly original Ginny Moon who discovers a new meaning of family on her unconventional journey home.
Ginny Moon is exceptional. Everyone knows it—her friends at school, teammates on the basketball team, and especially her new adoptive parents. They all love her, even if they don’t quite understand her. They want her to feel like she belongs.
What they don’t know is that Ginny has no intention of belonging. She’s found her birth-mother on Facebook, and is determined to get back to her—even if it means going back to a place that was extremely dangerous. Because Ginny left something behind and she’s desperate to get it back, to make things right.
But no one listens. No one understands. So Ginny takes matters into her own hands…
Benjamin Ludwig’s whip-smart, unforgettable novel is an illuminating look at one girl’s journey to find her way home and one of the freshest debuts in years.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Based on Benjamin Ludwig’s real-life experience of adopting a girl with autism, this novel captures a perspective not often seen in literature. Fourteen-year-old Ginny is our narrator. We experience the world through her eyes, discovering what stresses her out, why she makes certain decisions, and how her goals don’t match those of the people around her. Beat by beat, Ludwig reveals the rules Ginny lives by—as well as the pain and abuse of her past. Ludwig’s canny understanding of his autistic protagonist and a strong, suspenseful plot make this story uncommonly tender and completely compelling.
Ludwig's excellent debut is both a unique coming-of-age tale and a powerful affirmation of the fragility and strength of families. We meet 14-year-old Ginny, who has autism, as she settles into life with a new "forever family" and unexpectedly reconnects with Gloria, the abusive, drug-addicted mother from whom she was taken away at the age of nine and Rick, the father she never knew. The rediscovery unsettles the tentative bond Ginny's forged with adoptive parents Maura and Brian, exacerbates the teen's heartbreaking fears for the "baby doll" she left behind, and ultimately triggers a wildly heroic, secret plan to run away to Canada with Gloria and Rick. Ludwig brilliantly depicts the literal-minded and inventive Ginny whose horrifying past and valiant hope for the future are slowly unveiled and the alternately selfish, sympathetic, and compassionate adults who would do anything to get Ginny to choose their love. "I just wish someone would talk about what a delightful young lady she is," a frustrated Rick says. "We're trying to keep her apart from everything... but I think what she needs is to be closer to people."
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I couldn’t put this book down. I loved it. A great first novel.