Fans of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will love Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin, a book about a young girl with Asperger’s who loses her dog during a hurricane.
Genre: Middle grade, contemporary, realistic fiction
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
NOTE: I was provided with an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Feiwel & Friends for letting me read this.
Rose is a young girl with a homonym for a name (Rose, rows). She’s obsessed with homonyms and prime numbers, both of which stem from her mild Asperger’s Syndrome. She lives at home with her father who doesn’t understand her, but one (won) day he brings home a dog that he found wandering outside. Rose names the dog Rain, which is also a homonym (rain, reign, rein) – a name that allows Rose to (two, too) connect with her dog on another level. When Hurricane Susan hits, Rain is lost and Rose makes a plan to find her.
This a very straightforward story (and character) with not many surprises. However, the characters and relationships between them makes this story stand out and be (bee) absolutely beautiful. Rose has relationships with several adults in (inn) the novel that are what move the story along: her father, who doesn’t understand her rules and gets easily frustrated with her and her peculiar obsessions, her teacher and the teaching aide that’s been assigned to her, who just try to help her, and her uncle, whose relationship with Rose develops even more throughout the story. The relationship between Rose and her uncle is the backbone to this novel and it is beautiful. Her uncle has the utmost patience and love for Rose, and their mutual warmth and understanding for each other will make your (you’re) heart melt.
I flew (flu) through this book in two days (and I had to work all day both days!). Ann M. Martin has created an absolutely powerful story that I (eye) will be thinking about for a long time (just like I still think about Curious Incident). The novel had a bit of an abrupt ending, but it leaves you (yew) with a passionate hope for Rose’s future.
(Rose includes homonyms after words like I did throughout this review when she gets upset. I really enjoyed this part of the book.)