Thursday, September 25, 2014

Review: Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 10/7/2014
  • Pages: 240
  • Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
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In her most powerful novel yet, Newbery Honor author Ann M. Martin tells the story of girl with mental/emotional challenges and the dog she loves.

Rose Howard has OCD, Asperger’s syndrome, and an obsession with homonyms (even her name is a homonym). She gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose’s rules of homonyms, is very special. Rain was a lost dog Rose’s father brought home. Rose and Rain are practically inseparable. And they are often home alone, as Rose’s father spends most evenings at a bar, and doesn’t have much patience for his special-needs daughter.
Just as a storm hits town, Rain goes missing. Rose’s father shouldn’t have let Rain out. Now Rose has to find her dog, even if it means leaving her routines and safe places to search. Rose will find Rain, but so will Rain’s original owners.

Hearts will break and spirits will soar for this powerful story, brilliantly told from Rose’s point of view.

My Thoughts

This book was so sad, but very touching at the same time. I loved Rose, Rain, and her Uncle. I wanted to hug Rose and let her know how special and wonderful she was. I wanted to tell her Uncle that he was the best. I loved how Rain was such a positive part of her life that was so lonely and hard. This book explores how misunderstood Autism is, and how children in general are misunderstood. This is an eye opening, heartbreaking story about a little girl who has a huge heart, and a large amount of courage.

Rose has Asperger's which makes her different from the other kids in her class. She has always had trouble in school because of her outbursts and behavioral issues. She is very smart, and has a big heart, but she always feels alone. The kids in her class don't really talk to her, but she doesn't really talk to them either. She struggles with basic conversation. At home, her father is either working or at the bar. She does all of the cooking and cleaning, and she takes super good care of Rain, the dog her dad brought home for her one night. When Rain goes missing, the only thing that kept her happy and occupied is gone. While trying to find her dearest friend, she discovers that Rain actually belongs to someone else.

This was such an uplifting story, even while being heart breaking. It was focused on Rose and Rain, but it also dives into her everyday life, living with mental disorders, and what caring and family really is all about. This young girl, who is not normal or average, confronts things that most people would have a hard time with head on. She is brave, thoughtful, and very special. She may get easily overwhelmed, or have meltdowns, but she is just the same as every person inside. Actually, better than most. She will do what is right, even if it seems like it's horrible or hurts at the moment. This book shows that just because you are different, doesn't make you any less of a person. This story really touched me, and I think it's a must read for all young people, and older people too. 

*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.


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