I managed to stick to my binge posting till I missed just one day. I am hoping to get back in the groove, but understandably it starts with one post at a time. This is a good book to attempt another streak.
This was a beautiful book. I read it in one sitting in the morning, in tears for the second half. I felt even more drawn to the narrative after reading the author’s note and acknowledgements at the end.
Our leading lady is Libby Monroe, who is not like the other children in her class. She is precocious and inquisitive and wishes the best for everyone around her, especially her sister.
There is clarity in the information about Libby’s situation, not all of it is provided at one go. Over the first few meetings, we are given enough to picture the girl because she explains all the things she has to do on a daily basis in bullet points. Her sister moves home for a short period and what follows is the crux of the story and the deal she makes with the universe.
We are privy to all the hopes and fears that Libby holds to herself, not letting her family feel the weight of it. I loved the scenes in the school as well as at home because, despite the intelligence, at the end of the day, Libby is a child and she needs the reassurance. There is a lot that can be talked about from supportive family, teachers to bullies (I really like the confrontation scene, something I never thought I would say) and girls in STEM. It is also a book that can be read by children as well as adults and probably will all take away the same emotions from it.
I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a heartfelt book.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.