Debut author Navin allows the reader to be a fly on the wall with the Taylor family while they grieve their family’s loss from a school shooting. Heartbreaking, yes, but allowing 6-year-old Zach to narrate the story brought innocence and a unique perspective to what could have been a very depressing tale. I often forget how a child’s brain, no matter the age, processes what adults process extremely differently. Navin perfectly captures this age in Zach as he tries to understand what is going on with his family. I was impressed she didn’t play down his vocabulary because he was young. I found him to be very believable.
Aside from losing his brother, he needs to understand the feelings among the other adults, ones he has trusted his whole life. You will find yourself rooting for one parent over another and possibly even change viewpoints over the course of the book.
This was a solid first book from Navin. Given its subject matter, I still felt hope and optimism by the end of the story. I look forward to whatever drama she dreams up next.
About the author: RHIANNON NAVIN grew up in Bremen, Germany, in a family of book-crazy women. Her career in advertising brought her to New York City, where she worked for several large agencies before becoming a full-time mother and writer. She now lives outside of New York City with her husband, three children, and two cats. This is her first novel.
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