Book Summary(via Goodreads):
Ten-year-old Grace knows that her mum loves her, but her mum loves drugs too. And there's only so long Grace can fend off the 'woman from the county' who is threatening to put her into care. Her only hope is...
Grown-man Billy Shine hasn't been out of his apartment for years. People scare him, and the outside world scares him even more. Day in, day out, he lives a perfectly orchestrated silent life within his four walls. Until now. . .
Grace bursts into Billy's life with a loud voice and a brave plan to get her mum clean. And it won't be easy, because they will have to confiscate the one thing her mum holds most dear . . . they will have to kidnap Grace.
This insomniac's opinion:
I'm sort of having a love affair with Catherine Ryan Hyde right now. I read Pay it Forward last year and it stole my heart in such a way that I rushed out and bought a handful of her other novels. This novel did not disappoint.
I fell absolutely, unequivocally in love with Grace at first sight. And then with Billy. And, well- with EVERY character, one by one. Catherine Ryan Hyde has a unique gift for writing about those that society often turns her cheek to- the unloved, unwanted that live on the outskirts of society as social pariahs. She makes us realize the importance of each and every one of us.
I shed a tear as I turned the final page of this novel and then tucked these beautiful characters carefully into my heart to carry them for always.
Worth staying up all night to read?
5 Stars. A touching reminder that, often, if you bring broken people together they will fill the empty holes in one another.