A good book for 11 year olds
A heartfelt story and was engaging from the beginning to the end.
O'Connor's novel does an excellent job of portraying complex emotions about missing relatives. When the reason for her father's extended absence from her life is revealed, Raine grapples with the feelings that accompany the disclosure. Should she forgive an imperfect parent and let him into her life? Or should she maintain the boundaries that her mother has put in place to protect her?
Raine's quick immersion into the creative community at the artist's retreat is less credible than the emotional experience she has while living there. Although children are not allowed at the retreat center, an exception is made for Raine when the sanctuary's director offers her mother a job. Once Raine is amongst the artists, she bonds with most of them and even begins writing herself. After receiving a few basic writing prompts, she composes a moving passage from an orphan's point of view in an astonishingly short period of time. With her insightful, precocious writing abilities acting as a plot device, Raine's exploration of an orphan's perspective mirrors the anguish the feels as she decides how to resolve her relationship with her father.
"People think we didn't have parents, but we did. Everyone has parents."
"What is, or what could be."
"What do I not know about my life?"
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