Ginny Moon Book Cover Ginny Moon
Benjamin Ludwig
Contemporary Fiction
Wheeler Publishing
May 2nd 2017
Audiobook

Meet Ginny. She’s fourteen, autistic, and has a heart-breaking secret… Ginny Moon is trying to make sense of a world that just doesn’t seem to add up…. After years in foster care, Ginny is in her fourth forever family, finally with parents who will love her. Everyone tells her that she should feel happy, but she has never stopped crafting her Big Secret Plan of Escape. Because something happened, a long time ago – something that only Ginny knows – and nothing will stop her going back to put it right

I am still stuck at the wrong side of forever in the aftermath and I’m still negative Ginny.

YOU GUYS SHOULD FUCKING READ THIS BOOK ALREADY.

There. I said it. Ginny Moon is a book that needs to be read by everyone. I’m puzzled how this book is not getting the attention and hype that it deserves because this book is amazing. I fucking fell in love with this from start to end.

This book broke my fucking heart. I just cannot deal with the fact that a kid would go through so much trauma and deal with its aftermath for years. I just cannot even… there are no words to describe whatever it was I was feeling when I was reading this.I’m still not even sure how this review will end up…

SO IF YOU VALUE MY OPINION, AT ALL, IN BOOKS, YOU SHOULD ADD THIS ON YOUR TBR NOW. I’M NOT KIDDING.

What to expect from this book

  • A girl
  • Autism
  • Abuse
  • Baby Doll
  • Forever homes and forever parents
  • Grapes
  • Running away
  • Stealing

Meet the Characters

  • Ginny Moon – our 14 year old narrator with autism
  • Baby Doll – someone, or something, Ginny took care of when she was 9
  • Gloria – Ginny’s abusive biological mother
  • Forever Mom and Forever Dad – Ginny’s adoptive parents
  • Patrice – the psychologist working with Ginny after she’s been taken out of Gloria’s home

What I liked

There are a lot of things I found good in this book. I’m not even sure I’ll be able to enumerate them all, but here it goes.

1. Ginny’s voice sounds really authentic. I’m not just talking about the narrator on the audiobook I’m reading, but really the way she thinks and talks. Ginny has autism. I felt that the author was able to show us that without even constantly mentioning it. We see how Ginny thinks as she tells us about what was happening to her every day. She consistently looks at her clocks and tells you exactly what time and date significant things happened to her life. I’ve said this before but I can’t help but not say it again. Authors who intend to write about mental illness, needs to convince the readers that the character in their book has it. The readers should be able to figure it out on their own without being constantly told about it. I think Benjamin Ludwig did an amazing job with that in Ginny Moon.

2. I believe the reason why Ginny’s voice sounds authentic is because of Ludwig’s writing. It’s often a difficult task for authors, who are older, to write about someone younger in first person without sounding like an adult. There was never a point in the book where I thought an older man wrote it. All throughout the book, I believed it was Ginny telling me her story, welcoming me and drawing me to the chaos that are her thoughts.

3. The characters were all developed and well placed within the story. All of them were flawed. I liked that. They were there to support Ginny, but like normal people, they do make mistakes too. You see those mistakes scattered throughout the book as we slowly discover what was really going on with Ginny and why she has been going on about her “Baby Doll”. I liked that the author did not make the characters nice. These characters had their fair share of stupidity – that’s reality though. The characters show genuine reaction and emotion, especially Maura and Brian, Ginny’s Forever parents.

4. The way Ginny always starts a new chapter with the date and time. It stays true to her habit of always looking at the time and knowing when stuff happens.

5. All the characters in this story had their arcs, Ginny, most especially. These character arcs were not rapid though, it took time for the character to ease in to some of the things that happened all throughout the book. It was a beautiful thing to read about. Ginny, having autism, would not ease into things right away, and the book did just that. It showed us how hard it was for her to accept change. We follow her journey, and her Forever parents, to discovering who she really is and her true purpose.

6. I liked that this book ended in an open one. In real life, I’m sure someone like Ginny would not magically be a normal teenager. It takes, and will take, time and work from both Ginny and her Forever parents for their relationship to return back to the way it has been prior to the baby that Ginny’s Forever parents have.

7. The author obviously knows his shit because he and his wife became foster parents to a teenager with autism. He knows what it’s like to live with a teenager with this condition and the effect it has on the people who adopt or foster them. I wish more authors would write about something that they know or, at least, have some background about the topic that they are writing about. I hate it when authors try to use a condition as a plot point but is not, at all, expounded throughout the story. *ahem* EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING *ahem*

What I didn’t like

1. I really liked Ginny’s biological dad. He did make a short appearance in this book. I just felt that he should have gotten more to do with Ginny.

2. There was a big plot twist here where Ginny has been telling something to the adults but the adults doesn’t fucking believe her. They believe she was making that something up in her head, which turns out was really true. I just found it quite hard to believe that no one, not even the police, knew about it. It puzzles me how Gloria, Ginny’s biological mom, could have hidden the secret for as long as she did.

Final Judgement

FINAL RATING: 4.5 STARS

I loved this book. I wish more people would read, or listen, to this book.

Ginny Moon is a story that needs to be told and was told in such an amazing way. I really wish more people read this book because I feel that this deserves more hype than what it’s getting. I’ll definitely be reading more books from Benjamin Ludwig.