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Only Child by Rhiannon Navin
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bookshelves: literary-fiction

Only Child is a book I was hesitant to read, because it is told from the perspective of a young child, however, any concerns I had on this front were for nothing. The book has something of "Room" by Emma Donoghue, which is also narrated by a child, and both offer an interesting perspective in looking at a situation that, when described by an adult, might be just too awful to contemplate. In Only Child, a family is forced to deal with the aftermath of a school shooting and the way Zach, the young boy who lived through it, described everything that follows is both fascinating and so, so sad. The author captures this young boys voice very capably and I never felt it veered into a territory of thought that would have been unrealistic for a six year old. I don't want to give away too much of the plot, but it is a relevant and deeply moving story by a talented new author. I can't believe this is a debut! Recommended!

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Reading Progress

January 31, 2018 – Shelved
January 31, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
June 27, 2018 – Started Reading
July 7, 2018 – Shelved as: literary-fiction
July 7, 2018 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by KAS (new)

KAS Beautiful review, Malia ;) Glad you found this new author to enjoy!! xoxo

Malia KAS wrote: "Beautiful review, Malia ;) Glad you found this new author to enjoy!! xoxo"

Thanks you!!

DeAnn Great review Malia!

Malia DeAnn wrote: "Great review Malia!"

Thank you, DeAnn!

Deanna Excellent review!! :)

Malia Deanna wrote: "Excellent review!! :)"

Thank you, Deanna! Glad you enjoyed it as well, though that seems the wrong word for a book like this one.

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