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    1. 2 Stars Out Of 5
      June 24, 2010
      Anne
      I struggle when I need to be honest and give a negative review as is the case with this book. The storyline is that a 15 year old boy with Down's Syndrome has just lost his mother and is being sent to live with his aunt. The aunt left town 15 years ago and left her sister and boyfriend (who had left town and she didn't know if he was coming back). The boy arrives and throws the sister's life into chaos, but she adjusts and learns a lot about life and herself in the process. The writing is good and easy to read. The plot is where my concerns lie. A twist at the end doesn't work. I looked back and reread the beginning to see if I had misread something into the story, but I hadn't. There are some details that are implausible and very unrealistic as well. The twist at the end could also be very disheartening to a reader if you or someone you know has Down's Sydrome. The message could be that life is easier or more valuable or better if one does not have Down's Sydrome or that your child does not. So, am I writing negatively about something that God inspired? Is this a great book and I'm missing it? Should a Christian Inspirational Fiction book be held to the same standards as any other book? Should all elements of the plot work together and be believable? I do know that God encouraged me through this book, yet I still wouldn't recommend it. I do think that the plot of a Christian book should be plausible. For a book to be great, I think you need both wonderful writing and a wonderful, well executed plot where the pieces all fit together--not where your trying to cram a piece into a space that it wasn't made for. At the end, several pieces were trying to be put into a space in the puzzle that they weren't made for. Lastly, because of how the ending could be construed, I wouldn't encourage someone with a child with Downs Syndrome to read this book. Please note I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review by Waterbrook/Multnomah.
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