Saturday, July 30, 2011
Review of Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Author: Kathryn Erskine
Published by: Philomel
Source: Borrowed for a friend
From Goodreads: 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.
This is a beautiful and heartfelt story about a girl with Asperger's syndrome. It's told in her voice and gives us insight into her condition and feelings. At first it was difficult to read, but once you put yourself in Caitlin's mindset this novel is full of wonder and grief, frustration and understanding.
Caitlin and her father are going through a difficult time with the loss of Caitlin's brother Devon. Caitlin doesn't know how to handle her feelings and find closure. She ends up befriending a boy who has also lost his mother and together they try to find answers.
Not only is this a wonderful story about putting you lives back together after a horrific tragedy, but Mockingbird also helps us to understand a little bit more about Asperger's and the emotions and feelings going through Caitlin's mind. This is a fantastic novel that will steal you heart and leave you thinking about it days after you've finished reading it.