I am pleased to share my book review for An Unusual Boy by Fiona Higgins.
AN UNUSUAL BOY BY FIONA HIGGINS
Title: An Unusual Boy
Author: Fiona Higgins
Publisher: Boldwood books
Release Date: 20th October 2020
MEET JACKSON – A VERY UNUSUAL BOY IN A WORLD THAT PREFERS ‘NORMAL’…
Julia Curtis is a busy mother of three, with a husband often away for work, an ever-present mother-in-law, a career, and a house that needs doing up. Her fourteen-year-old daughter, Milla, has fallen in love for the first time, and her youngest, Ruby, is a nine-year-old fashionista who can out-negotiate anyone.
But Julia’s eleven-year-old son, Jackson, is different. Different to his sisters. Different to his classmates. In fact, Jackson is different from everyone. And bringing up a child who is different isn’t always easy.
Then, one Monday morning, Jackson follows his new friend Digby into the school toilets. What happens inside changes everything; not only for Jackson, but for every member of his family. Julia faces the fight of her life to save her unusual boy from a world set up for ‘normal’.
An extraordinary boy. The mother who loves him. The fight of their lives.
Bestselling novelist Fiona Higgins returns with a heart-stopping, devastating, but ultimately uplifting story about loyalty, love and forgiveness.
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What a beautiful, well written and emotional book. I fell in love with Jackson and his unusual ways as he tries to live in a world where no one quite understands him. It tells the story of a mother struggling to cope while a husband is working and Jackson who is neurodivergent faces his own daily struggles
Told in the perspectives of Julia, his Mum and Jackson himself, it highlights how people can interpret a situation differently from the truth based on their own experiences and perspective. It was heart breaking at times and I longed to jump into the story, grab and hold Jackson tight to take him away from situations especially when it veered in a direction I was not expecting. In contrast, there were moments of fun and uplifting emotions. The topics covered were dealt with sensitively and well researched.
I didn’t want to leave Jackson behind because I felt I knew the family as a friend and wanted to keep in touch.
Would I recommend?
Yes! It is a delightful, gripping and emotional book which will stay with me forever. On my forever shelf to return to and explore more from this talented author.
Fiona Higgins is the Australian writer of several bestselling contemporary novels including The Mothers’ Group and Wife on the Run. Her work has been widely reviewed, translated internationally, and described as ‘page-turning domestic melodrama for the social media age’. She lives with her family in Sydney and her first book for Boldwood will be published in October 2020.
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Thank you Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood books for an advanced copy so I could give my honest and unbiased opinion.
Happy reading, stay safe!