Rose Howard has OCD, Asperger’s syndrome and a love of homonyms. For Rose, her life revolves around homonyms. Just look at her do: Rain/Reign/Rein.
The two are rarely apart (school being the only thing), so when her Rose’s father let’s Rain out during a hurricane and she don’t come back, Rose has a fit and is determined to find her dog but in the process find that Rain wasn’t really her’s after all.
I love Ann M. Martin. That is why I picked up this book. And also the cover is really beautiful.
Despite my love of Martin, I didn’t think I would enjoy this book because it is a children’s book without a slight YA spin. But I am glad I was pleasantly surprised.
My heart ached for Rose. She was such a wonderful girl and to be honest, if it wasn’t said I really wouldn’t think she has a disability. Yes, her love of homonyms were obsessive and yes, she blurted things out in class but she was extremely smart and she knew there was a time and place for things. Not only did she know right from wrong and only wanted things to be done in the right way BUT THERE WAS ACTUAL GROWTH OF HER CHARACTER!
I cannot tell you how happy I was when I was reading this book; seeing her making choices to make a friend and do right by her best friend Rain. I also liked the character development of the father. He was a butt and I am not happy by the decision he made but it wasn’t unexpected.
Overall, I think this is a wonderful children’s book that wouldn’t mind if an adult read it. It is a coming of age novel without the BS drama and real life issues for someone trying to do right by herself and the world.