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Reviewed in Australia on 23 October 2020
Jackson is an 11 year old boy with a neurodiverse disorder, but not a 'label' that neatly explains his behaviour. Julia is Jackson's mum, she is also mother of Milla who is 14 and Ruby who is 9. For Julia life is hard, her husband Andy has let work take him away more and more and this seems to align itself with his intolerance of Jackson's behaviour. Having moved to a newer and more socially acceptable suburb of Sydney (Andy's choice), Julia is struggling to make new friends and deal with her ever present and perfect mother-in-law Pamela, having lost her own parents in a car crash years earlier.
The story is told from two perspectives, that of Julia and that of Jackson. This was very clever and allowed you to understand what they were thinking and why they were misunderstanding each other and those around them.
I shed quite a few tears during this, parenting is hard, but I cannot imagine having to raise a child who is viewed by those around you as 'unusual'. To bear the judgements and opinions of others who have no idea must be soul crushing. It brings home even more strongly the need for people to be kind, compassionate and always open minded.
I was utterly gripped by the storyline and dreaded each moment as it occurred. The characters are just wonderful and the betrayal of one of these character really sucked the air out my lungs!
Thank you Boldworld Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this digital ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.
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