Friday, 12 August 2016

Just feeling creative

Where I belong

I read two books in four days one of them is called where I belong by Catherine Ryan Hyde which is what I am going to write about as it was such a good book. The other book was called the year with the rat by  Clare Furniss which is another good book. Though I got some outstanding assignments to do, really push my limit here with time. Though I thought I would make an excuse to post something.

Imagine being 14 year old with a 7 year old sister on the Autism Spectrum and at-the-end-of-her-rope mother who cannot cope. No father. He beat feet when he found out just how affected his daughter Sophie was by the Autism. Very. Sophie does not talk, seems to pay no heed to what it said to her, makes no eye contact with others and screeches incessantly, for hours on end, which forces the family to be asked to leave place after place. They finally land with a sister of a grandmother who is recently widowed. But Sophie's screaming becomes intolerable and she asks them to leave. Now, with nowhere to go, and no money, they are homeless.

Can you imagine this life?

Imagine that the fate of this family is constantly falling on your young shoulders.

But before they have to leave Aunt Vi's house, Sophie falls in love with a great Dane who belongs to the next door neighbour, a grouchy curmudgeon singly guy only 7 weeks away from retirement as a bank officer. When around the dog, Sophie is silent, and learns that the dog comes and goes and is silent waiting for his next appearance.

When the man retires and moves to a house several hours away in the mountains, Sophie has a complete meltdown, thereby causing the family to have abrupt heave-ho from their temporary home. With almost no money, to nowhere else to turn, the mother has the idea of following the man to his new town and getting the teen's dog walking job back so Sophie can see his dog again and perhaps settled down once again.

It is a story of a family struggling to stay together without having to resort to a 'placing' Sophie in a home. It shows you what happens when you are out of options, money and hope.

A wonder read. Really!!

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