My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Goodreads description: “In Caitlin’s world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad. Anything in between is confusing. That’s the stuff Caitlin’s older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon’s dead and Dad is no help at all. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger’s, she doesn’t know how. When she reads the definition of closure, she realizes that is what she needs. In her search for it, Caitlin discovers that not everything is black and white – the world is full of colors – messy and beautiful. Kathryn Erskine has written a must-read gem, one of the most moving novels of the year.”
I listened to this book in the car,and the narrator did a fantastic job portraying the main character. Caitlin Smith is a 5th grader with Asperger’s whose mom died a few years ago and whose brother was just killed in a school shooting. The story follows her journey of accepting and coming to terms with the death of her beloved brother, while learning to interact with her dad and new friends.
The author & narrator are really excellent at communicating the difficulties Caitlin has with everyday life. It’s eye opening to understand her challenges with reading body language and understanding physical and verbal cues in conversations that you and I take for granted.