2 journalers for this copy...
Bought this book in Arty Bee's last time I was up in Wellington. It's the story of a girl growing up with Tourette's Syndrome in the 1950s, undiagnosed and with her community thinking she is strange and dangerous. Most of the book powerfully tells the story of how damaging this shunning is to a child, but then in a particularly weak ending (spoiler alert, highlight to read) as a teenager (and in the space of about a chapter) she finds God and sings in a church choir competition, and somehow that is enough to make everyone accept her (and her weirdness, because she doesn't even sing in a "look, I fit in now" sort of way), and her life works out ok. It really felt like the author wanted to end on a happy note, but didn't know how to manage that, so just cobbled together a quick solution so she could have her happy ending. All that build-up, and then they live happily ever after with no real explanation as to why. So yeah, the ending pretty much ruined the book for me - it was good up until then, though...
Journal Entry 2
Granville, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, November 22, 2018
Late 'bottom of the bag' catch from the Unconvention.