Told from a first-person point of view, Ginny gradually reveals much about her traumatic and abusive life before coming to live with her Forever Mom and Dad. For Ginny, her comfort lies in making lists, numbers, and Special Olympics basketball. Her friend, Larry, is willing to help her get a message to Gloria through the internet and fall from his crutches onto the bus floor when she's ready to make a run for it. Yet re-establishing a relationship with Gloria and her birth father, Rick, only leads to greater confusion and fear for the autistic teen.
Exceptionally bright and resourceful, Ginny has a tremendous capacity to care despite her unique understanding of the world around her. The novel opens a window into the mind of a teen who lives as an outsider but possesses a powerful resilience and the intelligence to nurture those who are vulnerable.
Each chapter is named with the date and time, establishing a clear setting in which Ginny resides. Early in the book, she decides to get herself kidnapped in order to make sure that her Baby Doll is safe from Gloria's hitting and Donald's yelling. She just has to get to the Green Car and hope Gloria is "in a good place." (Ludwig 30)
Ginny Moon is a novel which offers the reader a rare gift--empathy and understanding. It is a book that demands that you find your humanity, and it will leave a lasting imprint on your heart.
Ludwig, Benjamin. Ginny Moon. Sydney, NSW: Harlequin Enterprises (Australia) Pty, 2017. Print.