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Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
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Jul 07, 11

bookshelves: children-ya, psychological, miscellaneous-fiction
Read from July 02 to 06, 2011

I wanted to love this book. It sounds fantastic - a middle school kid with Asperger's loses her older brother under incredibly tragic circumstances and has to deal with her grief and her dad's and being a pre-teen with Asperger's. I was fascinated by the concept. But the story...I don't know, it just left me feeling kind of meh. Caitlin, the main character, has a very interesting perspective. I don't know if it's accurate for a person with Asperger's but it seems like it might be, and it's unique for sure. I found her relationships with classmates and schoolmates to be the most interesting, but that's not supposed to be the crux of story. It's supposed to be about her dealing with her brother's death and helping her dad deal too, but that part was not as moving for me as it should have been. And I'm a crier - I cry over everything - so this should have gotten me emotional, but it didn't. I can't pinpoint what it was about the book, but I finished it and just...felt...blah.
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