Thank you to Love Books Groups for organising this fabulous tour and to Laura Guthrie and Gob Stopper for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Every cloud has a silver lining… doesn’t it? Anna is thirteen years old, lives in London with her father, and has Asperger’s syndrome. When her father dies, she moves to Scotland to live with her estranged, reclusive mother. With little support to help her t in, she must use every coping strategy her father taught her—especially her ‘Happy Game’—as she tries to connect with her mother, discover her past, and deal with the challenges of being thrown into a brand new life along the way.
Although aimed at the YA market I’d recommend this wonderful book to anyone.
Laura Guthrie nailed the character of Anna perfectly and writing a first person account of Anna’s adventures really put you in the shoes of the character. Anna is 13 and has Asperger’s syndrome and sees and experiences the world in a different way to many. The struggles and thoughts that some people with Asperger’s may go through are really brought to life in this book and I’m so pleased that the perspective is generally a positive one. As a parent of a child with autism I’d say the representation is realistic and brilliantly representative. It’s such a difficult characteristic to capture as no two people are the same but I think Laura has done a wonderfully accurate job.
Anna is a delightful character and I love the little tricks and strategies she has for dealing with a variety of situations. The author takes us through Anna’s adjustment to her new life, her thoughts, reactions and the little things she comes across. Adventures that may seem mundane and everyday to most of us become interesting and wonderful when witnessed through Anna’s eyes.
The other characters in the book really come to life too as Anna gets to know them. Unlike most novels we aren’t rushed into learning about them. The reader gets to know them in the same time and manner that Anna does. I loved this way of discovering characters through the eyes of another (child) character.
This is an adorable and uplifting novel told form a unique perspective and I loved it.
Author Bio – Laura Guthrie
Laura Guthrie grew up in the rural Scottish Highlands (“I come from where the planes don’t fly”). Her creative influences include Nessie and the elusive ‘Caiplich Beast’, as well as some choice authors and their works.
She has an honours degree in biological sciences from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Glasgow.