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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Rain Reign | Ann M. Martin

Rain Reign is about a little girl, Rose, with Asperger’s syndrome. She loves homonyms, which is why her dog is appropriately named Rain, which has two homonyms: Rein and Reign. Her mom is absent and her dad has a temper, so when her only friend, Rain, goes missing, Rose struggles to find a new routine and purpose. For a more complete summary, you can go here.

You may recognize the author’s name from somewhere, that’s because she was the author of the infamous Babysitter’s Club series. Rain Reign is vastly different from Martin’s original work. This novel is meant for children, but it is so deep, complex, and touching in every way. It has been highly talked about and is up for a lot of literature awards. When you have a book like this, it can be very polarizing. Some people will love it and some people will hate it. Personally, I loved every second of it. While, I could see why some parents may not want their young children to read this book (i.e. an angry/potentially abusive father), I am completely against censorship of books (which is a story for another day). 

Asperger’s and Autism seem to be gaining a lot of popularity in literature lately. I think it is because there is such a wide spectrum of behaviors and personalities that are associated with both, and people are yearning to understand them more. I don’t think that any one book can properly depict all people with Asperger’s, but I do think that this book did a phenomenal job of putting the readers into Rose’s head so we could understand her struggles. The voice was believable as a child’s voice, and Rose’s wording and thoughts clearly depicted when she was getting worked up or frustrated. Several times I almost teared up—which is rare for me while reading books. 

Since this book is meant for children, it was a quick read, but it was anything but simple. This would be the perfect book to read with children so you can talk about the events and emotions of the characters. I would recommend this for children second grade or higher, but I think that most adults would get a lot of enjoyment from this as well. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think! 

 *****   5/5 Stars