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Ginny Moon
Ginny Moon | Benjamin Ludwig
Told in an extraordinary and wholly unique voice that will candidly take you into the mind of a curious and deeply human character. For the first time in her life, Ginny Moon has found her forever home a place where shell be safe and protected, with a family that will love and nurture her. Its exactly the kind of home that all foster kids are hoping for. So why is this 14-year-old so desperate to get kidnapped by her abusive, drug-addict birth mother, Gloria, and return to a grim existence of hiding under the kitchen sink to avoid the authorities and her mothers violent boyfriends? While Ginny is pretty much your average teenager she plays the flute in the school band, has weekly basketball practice and studies Robert Frost poems for English class she is autistic. And so whats important to Ginny includes starting every day with exactly nine grapes for breakfast, Michael Jackson, bacon-pineapple pizza and, most of all, getting back to Gloria so she can take care of her baby doll. GINNY MOON is a compulsively readable and touching novel about being an outsider trying to find a place to belong and making sense of a world that just doesnt seem to add up. Ginny Moon is a brilliant debut. In asking us to identify with a developmentally delayed, autistic teenage girl and her peculiar obsession, Ben Ludwig set himself an Olympic degree of difficulty, but he succeeds with the extraordinary Ginny Moon. I was unable to put the book down as I willed her to overcome the obstacles within and around her. Ben Ludwig is a fine observer of human dynamics, and his sometimes dark sense of humor means that the emotional journey, challenging as it is, never becomes wearing. I was mightily impressedthis novel has all the elements for critical and popular success! Graeme Simsion, New York Times bestselling author of The Rosie Project
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Rybow
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One of my favourite books so far this year. I love reading books where the narrator is a child. Benjamin Ludwig did an amazing job exploring the world, logic, emotion and social dynamics from the point of view of an autistic child navigating difficult and confusing circumstances. A real page turner.

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BayouGirl85
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I enjoyed gaining insight into a person with special needs and the impact that makes on everyone. My heart went out to Ginny who was just trying to navigate a world that for many times didn't make sense.

February Book 15/25 #LitsyLove #bookspinbingo

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BekaReid
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I appreciated the author's approach in using the inner voice of Ginny, an autistic girl who loves structure-rules, numbers, precision in language. She likes “exactly“ not “approximately.“ We can hear what/how she hears words. The format allows us to better understand the disparities that exist between what she hears & how she thinks/reacts. My heart broke repeatedly as I read. Very appreciative of the awareness it brings to autism, abuse, etc...

LiteraryinLawrence I thought this was really well done. I don‘t remember all the details now but I remember liking it. 2y
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Clwojick
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“I don't want to answer so I wait. Because sometimes if you don't answer then someone will answer for you or someone will say something else to help you know what to say.”

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Clwojick
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Oscar Meyer has decided that I‘ve done enough studying for now, and that it‘s time for pets and snuggles. I‘m about 75% through this audiobook, and I‘m absolutely loving it, even though it‘s completely heartbreaking. 😢

Have any of my fellow Littens read this book? What did you think? Ginny melts my heart. ♥️

#audiobooks #bfcr2 #bfc #fitwizards #bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

JenReadsAlot Loved it! 3y
Crazeedi OM is just the sweetest kitty!!😻❤️ 3y
brit91 Awwww hes so cute! He reminds me of mine Dixie!😍😻 3y
wanderinglynn ❤️❤️❤️ OM 3y
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Mehso-so

“They said that you had your backpack with you, and your DVD player and fourteen movies inside it."
"I am fourteen years old," I say.

#quotsyjune19 #movie

Pulling double duty on this post. I wished I‘d liked this book more, but I just couldn‘t connect with Ginny. We‘ll see if the book club agrees with me at the meeting tonight.

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TheBookBabes
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This book was hard for me, but I absolutely loved it.
It made me feel more patient and forgiving with my own children. A story of misunderstanding and redemption that I couldn‘t put down.

Full review on The Book Baybes at https://goo.gl/DuhYiL

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JacintaMCarter
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#2018Book132
For the most part, I liked this book. It was interesting to read about the dynamics between foster parents and their adopted daughter as they struggle to deal with a teenager who has autism. However, it bothered me that almost none of the adults in this book seemed to really understand that you can't treat a child with autism like any other kid because they don't understand and cope with things in the same way.

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GirlWellRead
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This was a mixed bag for me. Ginny is an obvious unreliable narrator which drives the events forward. Described as being in the same vein as Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Ludwig is just as convincing a writer as Haddon. Why I can't give it a higher rating is that is was just plain depressing and sad. I do know that others will love this book, and it would be an excellent choice for a book club.

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C.Perone
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What a wonderful read! Runs the gamut of emotions and then some #MustRead

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JenReadsAlot I loved this! 4y
RebelReader This was soooo good! I loved Ginny! 4y
C.Perone @JenReadsAlot @RebelReader I'm really liking it so far 😊 4y
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GoldenGirl
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READ THIS BOOK! My heart was breaking for Ginny Moon throughout her whole story.

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Robothugs
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Ginny, you stole my heart and you still haven‘t given it back. 😩 I absolutely loved this book. Ginny is autistic with learning disabilities, & the story is told from her perspective. Ginny is in her Forever home, but something needs Ginny and in order to get it she needs to go back to her abusive home, even if it means getting kidnapped to do so. Both heartwarming and heartbreaking, you will be hugging your book when it‘s over.

Pelican71 Such a good book! 4y
Robothugs @Pelican71 It really is! I‘m so glad I had decided to read it and not something else off my TBR. 4y
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Robothugs
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#CurrentlyReading Ginny Moon. Loving it already! 💙

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EmilyChristine
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Such a good book! It follows Ginny, a fourteen yr old girl who is autistic. She‘s living with her adopted parents but constantly worries about her Baby Doll that she left at her birth moms apartment when the police took her away five years ago. It‘s told from her perspective.

RebelReader I loved this book too and just don‘t think it gets the love it deserves! 4y
Eggs Loved this 4y
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EmilyChristine
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So for anyone who has read this I just got to the part about Baby Doll and OMG what the heck??!?!! Ginny and Crystal with a C are on the run again. Really enjoying this so far.

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suvata
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Listening to next!

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Librarian
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Really enjoying this book so far. A little afraid to find what she is looking for. #autismawarenessmonth

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peaknit
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Garrett‘s popcorn and my kindle while waiting for my daughter to finish up shopping at Water Tower Place in Chicago. A nerd‘s dream. 🤓😂

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Eggs
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Anyone read this? A debut novel--exceeded my expectations! Ginny, a 13 yo autistic girl, has come from a terrible home amid drugs/abuse; but is now with her forever parents. But there is so much more to this...poignantly told from Ginny's POV

Addison_Reads I read it with my 12 yr old niece and we both loved it. She bought a copy and gave to her school library because she wanted other kids to read it as well. Definitely recommend to young and old alike. 👍 5y
RebelReader I thought this was a book that should have gotten more attention last year. I loved it and recommend it all the time! 👍🏻❤️ 5y
Jerdencon Read this for a postal book club... it was very good! 5y
Eggs @Jerdencon @RebelReader @addison_reads I agree; it succeeds without being sappy or saccharine. Always fascinated by human perseveration 5y
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JenReadsAlot
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This book was so good! All the feels for Ginny...

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JenReadsAlot
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Breakfast of champions! #birthdayweekend

MallenNC Good start to a birthday weekend! Happy birthday to you. 5y
Clwojick Happy birthday! 😍🍰 5y
C.Perone Happy Birthday! 🎉 5y
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DHill Happy birthday! 🎉 5y
MayginReads It was your birthday? Happy belated birthday. 🎁🎉🎊🎆🎇🍾🥂🎈🎂 5y
JenReadsAlot @MayginReads Thanks! It was on the 2nd. 5y
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josie281
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The main character says Gloria (birth mom) named her “Ginny” because her favorite drink was gin & tonic.
Ok. This book is giving me 2,496 feelings all at once! I am pissed (forever mom WTF!!!) and heartbroken.
I know people who have children with autism but I personally do not. This (so far) book is a wonderful view into the life of a 14 yr old with autism and her adoptive family. #mtTBR

RebelReader This was one of my favorite reads last summer and I don't think it got enough love. ❤️ 5y
[DELETED] 3803335244 I definitely should read. I have 2 boys with autism. 5y
josie281 @ForeverNerdy I will mail it to you. I will add it to the next round, ok? 5y
[DELETED] 3803335244 Oh thank you that‘s super sweet of you! Thank you ❤️ I‘ll mail it back after I read it ❤️ 5y
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Chelleo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Told from the perspective of Ginny Moon, an autistic 13 year old girl. She is living with her adoptive, forever family and is trying to to get back to her birth mom and her “Baby Doll”. The journey leads her through some challenging times as she discovers her true home and family. Frustrating in parts and towards the end I found myself anxious about how the book would end. Would love to know about what happens next with Ginny.

Clwojick I have had this book on my shelf for over 6 months, and I feel like I probably didn‘t read the back blurb on it... because otherwise I would‘ve read this by now. Definitely bumping this up on my must read ASAP list. Probably will read it right after the #throwbackreadathon 💖thanks for the review ❤️ 5y
AmyI I'd love to know what happens next too! 5y
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AmyI
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Absolutely loved this book!!! I can't remember the last time I was so emotionally invested in a character! Highly recommend this one!

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AmyI
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I'm still not sure how I feel about Ginny's forever mom. I know I should be more sympathetic towards her as life with Ginny and a newborn is incredibly difficult, but I'm still angry with her negativity... Always thinking the worst of Ginny and looking down on others (like when she talks about Goodwill). But I loved Ginny's story and watching her grow stronger and start learning how to self-advocate!

Chelleo Yes, Mara is definitely showing her privilege as well as bias towards her newborn. I get it to a degree. First time moms are extremely protective and are learning as they go. I‘m sure she would have been much different if she had kids prior to adopting Ginny. I feeling the same as Ginny when the baby didn‘t laugh for her. 5y
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Chelleo
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This was a random pick and started off oddly but now I‘m hooked!

Alicia I‘ve heard really good things about this! 5y
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AmyI
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Still reading, but need to vent... Up to page 197 and right now Ginny's forever mom has me all worked up!!! 😡😡😡

Chelleo Agreed. She and the Forever Dad are more on the annoying end. 5y
Chelleo Just reached the point where I‘m starting to hate the parents. 5y
AmyI I know!!! I'm hoping they redeem themselves (at least a little) before the end. 5y
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AmyI
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I'm currently reading Ginny Moon. You know you've been sucked in when your heart is racing and anxiety is up! I just keep hoping Baby Doll isn't real and scared that she is!!!! I'm only on page 53... Don't tell me... 🤪🤪🤪

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Dineen73
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Just started this yesterday - it‘s fascinating, and sad, and I can‘t put it down!

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Liliegreen
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Reminded me of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, though I didn't fall in love with the protagonist quite as much as I did w/Eleanor. Still, really eloquently realized characters with all their flaws and human kindness. Did the audiobook version and thought the narrator was perfect. Four stars.

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Kangaj1
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Latest Book Outlet purchase for my birthday, plus two gymnast bios for my daughter...

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Girlintinyhat
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An incredible story told by an incredible character. This book stuck with me long after I was done with it. A great read from start to finish. Highly, highly recommend!

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Karen.reads
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Forgot to post this yesterday. I just barely hit my stretch goal of 52 books for 2017. Why does Goodreads send out the year-end email on Dec 13?? We need those last 2 weeks. 😆😆 I plan on reading some long books in 2018 so am setting my reading goal to just 40. #readingchallenge #goodreads

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ReadingOver50
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I won a book from Book Riot. So excited about this. I hope it‘s a good one 😄

Purrfectpages You won a good one! 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!! Congratulations 🎊🎉🍾 👏🏻 5y
ErikasMindfulShelf 🎉👏🏻 5y
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TNbookworm Awesome! 5y
MarticaMustRead just picked this up from my local library, I've heard great things! 5y
DivineDiana 👏🏻📚👍🏻 5y
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Pelican71
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It was interesting to be inside the head of autistic 14 year old Ginny. She touched my heart with all that she‘s been through and her quest to save her “Baby Doll”. Forever Ginny Moon 🌙

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Pelican71
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Oh goodness. #abuse

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Pelican71
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Time for some quality reading time. I‘m settled in to start Ginny Moon. Thank you @Robothugs for my mug! Any guess what‘s inside of it @Lizpixie ☺️

Robothugs ❤️❤️ 5y
RebelReader I loved Ginny Moon! Enjoy! 5y
Lizpixie Oh yeah, I‘m definitely ordering some for myself!☕️ 5y
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And sometimes you choose which of your current reads will be your bedtime read based solely on the fact that it is not the one upon which the cat is parked. 🐾 #catsoflitsy

Jennick2004 🤣😻 5y
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Rcoco
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A pick, with some reservations. This was a very uncomfortable novel for me. Maybe that shows how good it was....nothing is black and white here. Everyone is shades of grey, except maybe Patrice. I almost couldn‘t finish it even 90% through because I wasn‘t sure I could bear what was going to happen to Ginny.

RebelReader One of my favorites this year! ❤️❤️ 5y
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BornReadChicago
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THIS BOOK! #ginnymoon was absolutely riveting. It‘s one of the most intense novels I‘ve ever read, and one of the most endearing. So glad I picked it up on the @diversebooksclub recommendation! On my favorites of the year list, for sure ⭐️

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mhillis
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This week: I read two selections for November‘s #diversebooksclub on Instagram. Enjoyed both of them but Ginny Moon was especially interesting. The other picture is from this morning‘s 5k run for men‘s health!

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brookerhi
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Ginny Moon is a remarkable new novel that dares to really show us what life is like as an autistic adolescent. Ginny Moon is that rare gift of a book that tells an incredible, poignant story while teaching an important lesson at the same time. Be prepared to laugh on one page, and cry on the next! Ginny Moon is as funny as it is heartbreaking ... and above all else, it is definitely unforgettable. #booklove #whattoread #bookphotography

Cinfhen Great review 😊I'm just curious if it falls under the YA genre?!? 5y
brookerhi Hi @Cinfhen! I've seen it catalogued as both adult fiction & YA, so either way. I think that it's a book that both adults & teens can get into for different reasons. 5y
Cinfhen Fair enough...I'll put it on my list for #FutureConsiderations ❤️thanks! 5y
Cinfhen And such a fun photo💗💗💗💗 5y
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LauraBeth
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My book is happening in almost-real-time. I'm going to close it now and resume it at 6:54 p.m.

Ashley_Nicoletto 😮 this would probably weird me out and make me wonder if life is real. 😂😂 5y
LauraBrook 😳 Didn't this happen to you recently, like a few days ago? 5y
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LauraBeth @MicheleinPhilly If my books are syncing up with my real life - I may be reading too much 🤔 5y
LauraBeth @Ashley_Nicoletto 🙀🙀I'm beginning to think I'm just a character in someone's story 🤔😂 @hermyknee 5y
LauraBeth @LauraBrook Yes! I'm tired of my books freaking me out! It's very twilight zone @riversong153! 🙀 5y
MicheleinPhilly There's no such thing as "too much reading." 5y
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mrozzz I dig this stack 👌🏻 (edited) 5y
RealLifeReading Great rainbow! 5y
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Purrfectpages
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What an interesting and unique book! This story held my interest the entire way thorough, even if the narrative was a bit repetitive at times. It makes sense to have a repetitive narrator though when said narrator is an autistic teenage girl. I truly didn't know what was going to happen next and Ginny, a girl who was hard to love, managed to steal my heart with her candid inner dialogue and misplaced good intentions.

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Jess7 "Little liar. Little liar" 5y
[DELETED] 206653737 Boy that's an interesting first line! 5y
Purrfectpages @bookish22 it was an interesting book as well! 5y
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