A Million Things
Rae can do a lot of things pretty well for a kid. She can shop and cook a little and take care of Splints and keep the front yard neat enough that the neighbours won’t get curious ...more
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This is a HAUNTING story about 10 year old Rae, and her beloved dog, Splinter as they survive for 55 harrowing days when her mother abandons them.
Sure, she has left before-but never for this long.
No CHILD should have to live like this.
Trying to stay “under the radar” she continues to go to school, walk her dog, grocery shop by tapping her Mother’s credit card at the check-out lane, and pay the bills online.
(I did feel that she seemed a bit TOO wise ...more
I went into this read rather blind, as I do for most of my reads.
At first, I was shocked, wondering what I had signed up for. But intrigued enough to continue.
Midway I was so captivated I could not put it down. Thinking about the characters any time I had to step away.
By the end, I was in tears. Wanting to crawl into my book and hug the characters.
This is a story of life, strength, and resilience. It centers around 10-year-old Rae and her dog Splinter with their older, lonely, ...more
Simply the Best!! Brilliant & Completely Heart-Wrenching!
When I picked “A Million Things” for my book buddy Kaceey and I to read, I had no idea what I was getting into, I saw that this novel had great ratings and that was all I needed to know.
As soon as we started reading it, both of us were blindsided. Shocked beyond all recognition if you will.
This book was NOTHING like anything we had ever read before and honestly, we both ...more
“At first, before I moved to the couch, I tried sleeping in your bed: wrapped in your doona, one of your T-shirts pressed to my nose. Each breath in taking a little more of you, till all your scents were gone. Till only the warm, swampy smell of dog and the nothing smell of me were left and your pillow held only the shape of my head.”
Rae’s a ten-year-old girl, talking to, and badly missing, her absent mother. The book is written this way, with Rae telling us her story over 55 days, something l ...more
Told from the point of view of Rae, a nearly 10 year old whose mother has left her home alone. Rae's used to looking after herself as Mum often storms out of the house and disappears for a while or is angry or distant and in no mood for dealing with a child when she's home. So, Rae is good at being quiet and self-sufficient; getting herself ready for school, fixing her ...more
This book really snuck up on me and then proceeded to rip my heart out. It has been a while since I had to stop reading because of the tears pouring down my face. You have been warned!
Rae is a precocious ten-year-old and so loves her trusty dog Splinter. Rae is taking care of the house, getting to school, walking Splinter, everything seems just fine. Then the nosy older neighbor Lettie cries out for help one day. Soon Mae is spending more time with L ...more
Don't have the words to describe my feelings yet.
All I can say at the moment is that you need to add it to your tbr.
WOW, this book left me speechless.
I realised very early on that A MILLION THINGS would be one of my few 5 star books of 2021. From the blurb to the execution, this book was amazing. And although my heart was hurting for Rae, it was also bursting from all the LOVE I felt for this book.
I went into the book with low expectations, just knowing that I was intr ...more
This book ticked all the boxes for me and I didn't expect it to be so great considering it was from a 9 year old's point of view but that made it all the better. This unique perspective provides this story with a fresh curiosity right from the start. Spurr introduces the reader to a lot of inner dialogue, then slowly branches out, peeling away the layers of the background. This style mirrors the book's setting, another amazing literary device, and once the stakes are introduced, an ...more
I also had a really difficult time meshing the language, thoughts, and behaviors of the narrator to a ten year old child. Regardless of how mature a ten year old is, she is not completely self-sufficient. What ten year old considers things like the cost of heating and making sure ...more
⚠️ Trigger warning: Death & Dying
This book was so incredibly SAD! Narrated by 10-year-old Rae, she opens the book by stating her realization that her mother is gone for good. Challenged with grief, she tries to carry on as best she can: cleaning the house, going to school, and even paying her rent. She keeps her head down and tries not to be noticed by her peers, but the ...more
‘An original and impressively assured debut. A gem of a novel.’
‘Poignant, uplifting and beautifully written.’
‘Direct, assured writing, hard-hitting emotion and a wonderful sense of optimism. A Million Things is a debut to treasure, with characters whose dignity shines through their struggles.’
'A Million Things swept me into its thrall so immediately that I didn’ ...more
The story unfolds through the eyes and thoughts of 10 year old Rae. She lives with her mum and their dog, Splinter. It’s not uncommon for her mum to disappear for a while but she always returns . . . until that one day when Rae realises that her mum has abandoned their small family.
Rae is sad and scare ...more
I love a story which imparts a deep message, but manages to be an uncomplicated read because more people will read it and benefit from it. This book is both uplifting and heartbreaking. The story grabbed me from the beginning and held me tightly to the end. I cried more than once and I'm not the crying reader type. The unique POV of an Adult Fiction story unfolding through the eyes of a ten year old was skillfully wrought, and a perfect way to shine a light on how a parent' ...more
It is current day and Rae and her dog, Splinter, are on their own in Southern Australia. Rae has an unusual neighbor in Lettie, a serious hoarder. Lettie calls Rae Kiddo and Rae calls Lettie Goat-o (as in old goat). They forge a friendship helping each other o ...more
For as long as Rae can remember, it’s been her and Mum, and their dog, Splinter; a small, deliberately unremarkable, family. They have their walks, their cooking routines, their home. Sometimes Mum disappears for a while to clear her head but Rae is okay with this, because Mum always comes back.
So, when Rae wakes to Splinter’s nose in her face, the back door open, and no Mum, she does as she’s always done and carries on. She takes care of the house, goes ...more
This book broke my heart into a million little pieces. It’s the story of 55 days in the life of Rae, who’s managing to keep up with all her day-to-day activities in the sudden absence of her less than stable mother. Her dog, Splinter, is her best friend and they do everything together. There is also Lettie, the crass old lady that lives next door. However, one day Lettie experiences a fall, and her and Rae develop a v ...more
Rae is such a resourceful little girl, full of bravery. My heart wept for her and her situation. I just wanted to jump into the book and give her a hug. She was precious.
Her evolving relationship and friendship with her cantankerous neighbor Lettie w ...more
I don't typically like the fiction trope of a child and elderly person becoming friends - it is often handled in a manner that makes for saccharine reading. However, Emily Spurr has disabused me of that notion with two perfectly spirited but cantankerous characters, Rae and Lettie.
Rae is a ten year old and the narrator of this novel. While she doesn't always sound/act exactly like a ten year old, she is generally "belie ...more
A Million Things ended up being so much more than I expected. The story follows a young girl named Rae and her dog, Splinter, who are both left at home alone. Rae is used to being alone. She's used to her mother working long shifts and having to take care of herself for large parts of the day. But this time it's different, an ...more
This book got me from the very beginning. Told from the viewpoint of 10 year old Rae, it is difficult to review ...more
I highly recommend this book to other people. I will definitely be reading more ...more
Rae lives with her mum and her dog, Splinter, in a house in the suburbs. There is an older lady next door who seems kinda grumpy and they avoid each other, pretty much. There is also a very annoying little boy who lives a few doors down who seems to be very needy ...more
There are secrets that are unimaginable, yet continuance, and a developing friendship for Rae (ten) and Lettie( elderly) that made me cry at times.
It is survival of the fittest and it sure isn't easy without someone who cares, not concerned, but cares!
"A Million Things" is well written with details tha ...more