Ginny Moon is a delightful book that takes the reader into the world of fourteen-year-old Ginny, who is aware she has autism and developmental disabilities. She has also been fostered, having been removed from her mother when she was nine-years-old.
It reflects some of the behaviours common to autistic people such as an obsession with numbers and time. She has picked up and uses the vocabulary, in her thoughts and speech, that appear unusual for someone her age – ‘deescalate the situation’, ‘I went ape-shit’, ‘she is completely unreliable’.
The position of each of the parents is presented well, with all of the complexity that the situation brings. Ginny’s birth mother feels wronged that her daughter had been removed from her, misses her and desperately wants her back. Her foster/forever mum is pregnant at the start of the novel and when she gives birth she is protective of new child and becomes increasingly frustrated at Ginny who she feels is putting Baby Wendy at risk. Her foster/forever father is the stable, consistent one in her life who seems to understand her, but he has health issues which are put under strain as the pressures of their family increase. Her birth father is introduced to her for the first time, and he tries to get to know her, but this is complicated given her age, that she is autistic, and she has been raised by Maura and Brian for the last few years.
The reasons behind Ginny’s removal are portrayed with all their devastation and the realisation of the trauma that Ginny has been through.
I loved this book. Ginny’s voice is so authentic and heartbreaking, but made me laugh out loud at times as well. The treatment of parents, both those that foster and adopt, and those that have had their children removed, is done without judgement and with empathy. Truly lovely.