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Let me just start by saying my only regret is not listening to the audiobook version of this because I ve seen so many people rave about how incredible the young boy who narrates does I read a physical copy and still was floored with emotion while reading This is not an exaggeration I was fully holding back tears and in need of tissues the entire time I read this book And it hit me quite early on Of course, right from the start we are in the closet with Zach and his class while a shooter is in their elementary school.In this day and age, it s impossible to not be aware of the mass shootings that occur It s scary to live in a world where we have to be afraid to go to the movies, a concert, or fuck..just go to school and get an education I m sure this is something we can all agree on One of the most recent school shootings was at a high school in my home county my mom works at the elementary school nearby My heart sank It s heartbreaking no matter if you have a connection to the school or place in which the shooting occurred or not.Regardless, this book broke my heart It s not something I expected to happen But damn..I found myself recommending it to anyone I could on the plane I was on That s how you know you ve read a good book when you can t help but to try and put it in everyone and anyone s hands you can.This story is narrated entirely by the six year old Zach Taylor He hid in the closet with his first grade class while a shooter takes nineteen lives I don t want to ruin anything at all The only other plot details you should know is Zach s mom is hellbent on holding the shooter s parents responsible for his actions Besides this, just read the book You should be prepared to feel emotional.It is really something to see these events through the mind of a child as he tries to understand what happened and why Zach tries to make sense of his mom s quest for justice In fact, it may have beenpowerful having this book told from a child s perspective Such an important read 4 timely and emotional stars to Only Child Review of the audio Only Child was released eight days before the school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School I wasn t sure if I was ready for this one, but it came highly recommended by my friend, Elyse, especially the audio version, which is narrated by a child, a child prodigy, really, speaking in first person Zach becomes an only child when his sibling, his brother Andy, was killed during a school shooting Zach s eye view is portrayed as he relays conversations between his parents, the shifting dynamics of his family, the interactions with the shooter s family, and so on all from Zach s perspective I thought this was a risky choice because Zach is only 6 years old, and there were perceptions and things he said that weren t quite developmentally appropriate for even the most precocious six year old Also, I think I ve gottenused to multiple narrator stories, and I only heard from Zach Those things said, the risks are worth it because I think profound messages are conveyed by hearing this young voice describe how his family was affected by the tragedy of a school shooting and the loss of a sibling Another interesting choice the author made was having Adam be troubled, not that unlike the shooter I enjoyed how she explored this dynamic within Zach and Adam s family members, and likewise, in their interactions with the shooter s family In my opinion, Only Child is not a sad book It s hopeful for there is hope in healing It s not a tragic book, rather it s an important book because we have to keep the dialogue open in order to keep our children and communities safe. @DOWNLOAD EPUB ¶ Only Child á Perfect For Fans Of Room A Heartbreaking But Important Novel Real Simple Readers Of Jodi Picoult And Liane Moriarty Will Also Like This Tenderhearted Debut About Healing And Family, Narrated By An Unforgettable Six Year Old Boy Who Reminds Us That Sometimes The Littlest Bodies Hold The Biggest Hearts And The Quietest Voices Speak The Loudest Squeezed Into A Coat Closet With His Classmates And Teacher, First Grader Zach Taylor Can Hear Gunshots Ringing Through The Halls Of His School A Gunman Has Entered The Building, Taking Nineteen Lives And Irrevocably Changing The Very Fabric Of This Close Knit Community While Zach S Mother Pursues A Quest For Justice Against The Shooter S Parents, Holding Them Responsible For Their Son S Actions, Zach Retreats Into His Super Secret Hideout And Loses Himself In A World Of Books And Art Armed With His Newfound Understanding, And With The Optimism And Stubbornness Only A Child Could Have, Zach Sets Out On A Captivating Journey Towards Healing And Forgiveness, Determined To Help The Adults In His Life Rediscover The Universal Truths Of Love And Compassion Needed To Pull Them Through Their Darkest Hours Once again fiction takes us into reality, a reality that I wish wasn t true A school shooting, taken out of our recent headlines, a six year old boy named Zach survives, his ten year old brother does not Our narrator is Zach, his voice as he takes us into not only his feelings but those of his parents Heartbreaking for sure Am somewhat of an outlier with my rating Seems like because of the subject, the young narrator that this book should garner a higher rating but..I had trouble believing a six year old could reason his way through do much that Zach does, from finding a way to express his feelings in colors, to uniting people who are so emotionally injured I have five boys, none like this at six, just couldn t go there Plus, though having the narrator do young does bring an emotional quotient to this read, that an older child or adult wouldn t, an innocence that is appealing, it also made it repetitive at times, and just over done at others How long can one be in the mind of a child The message of the book is a good one, reminding us that those left behind also need care, but I just didn t like it as much as I thought I would It is being compared to the novel Room, on the basis of the child narrator, but I wasn t a fan of that book either.Many readers have embraced this book fully I wish I could, as I said it does impart a perfect message, but in an imperfect, in my view, way ARC from Edelweiss. A very strong book striving to give a very private view into a child s perseption of the world Of couse, I wouldn t really say that the writer got it too good, how children think, there are many different things that stick out Still, the emotions and the family are very well written and well accentuated The small details worked great the angel charm, the mother s psychological developments, synestetics, the books as a way to cope with the tragedy Lovely BEWARE OF SPOILERS Medicating an ODD Gosh, these people have been killing their son long before the shooter in a society approved, medical way.As for the shooter kid, Charlie s son, what he did to his family is beyond horrific I believe that his family was one of the most affected I cannot imagine just how paindul it is not only to lose one s kid but also to know he killed a bunch of people on his way out Awful situation Q Secret hideout, I whispered into the closet This is going to be my top secret hideout I started to like sitting in the quiet and listening to my breathing in air up my nose out through my mouth with a puff, in, out, slow now, because I wasn t really that scared any c Q Grandma Yes, darling Is Andy still there, at the school Andy is not at the school any, she said, and she made the coughing sound a fewtimes Andy is up in heaven now with God God is going to take care of him for us now But how did he get up to heaven from the school Did he get like zoomed up there c Q When I let myself think about yesterday, the scared feeling came back, so I tried not to let those thoughts float around in my brain any c Q I started to think about how it was going to be without Andy it was going to be better at home There wouldn t be anyfighting, and I was going to be the only child in the family, so Mommy and Daddy could do a lotstuff with just me Like they could both come to my piano recitals and they could both stay for the whole time That never happened before because of Andy c Q I don t know what a soul looks like Mommy said it s all your feelings and thoughts and memories, and I thought maybe it looks like a bird or something with wings, like the wing on the charm Miss Russell gave me I wondered if your soul still has your face when it goes up to heaven, because otherwise how do the people who love you who are already in heaven know it s your soul and find you so you re not lonely and you can be together c Q I couldn t get the bad thoughts to go into the brain safe c Q Did the gunman s soul fly up to heaven, too Will it try to hurt Andy s soul there Oh goodness, Zach, no Heaven is for the souls of good people The souls of bad people go somewhere else Q MOMMY GOT CHANGED into a different person at the hospital She came home after three sleeps and she looked different and acted different c Q My room used to be for alone, not lonely c Q Did you go up to heaven, or where did you go my brain said to Andy s face Andy s face disappeared Anyway, I hope you did c Q I NEVER KNEW YOU COULD FEEL MORE than one feeling inside of you at the same time.Especially feelings that are opposites I know you can feel excited, but when you do what made you excited, the excited feeling goes away and you feel happy because it was fun Or sad because it s over already, like right after everyone leaves from your birthday party Butthan one feeling at the same time, right next to each other or on top of each other and all mixed up inside you I never knew that could happen c Q OK, so far Red EmbarrassedGray SadBlack ScaredGreen Mad AngryAnd what color is for lonely I thought that lonely had to be like a see through color, so no color at all, because when you re lonely it s like you re invisible from other people, but not invisible in a good way like a superhero, but in a sad way But the piece of paper is white, so how do you make a see through color on a white paper Then I had an idea for that I got out my scissors and cut out the middle of the paper, so there was like a picture frame around a rectangle of see through nothingness in the middle Lonely see through c Q I thought I was also feeling happy I felt happy that I didn t die from the gunman c Q I could lie down on Andy s sleeping bag and look at the feelings Now they were separated and that made it easier to think about them c Q All the people outside our house did the things they always do, and I wondered if they even knew that inside our house everything was changed.The only thing from the outside that matched the inside of our house was the rain It rained and rained, and it was like it was never stopping, like Mommy cried and cried and she was never stopping c Q I started to pretend like I was in a bad dream and that I was watching myself walk around and do stuff in the dream, because this was not how I wanted real life to be like c Q After breakfast today I looked at the outside world through my window and I wished I could be on that side, where real life was still there At first I just saw the rain and I watched the circles the raindrops were making in the puddles on the sidewalk c Q I DIDN T KNOW WHY IT S CALLED a wake if it s for someone who isn t going to be awake ever again c Q I thought it was kind of funny I was going to wear Andy s wake suit at Andy s wake Not funny like you want to laugh, but strange funny c Q Mommy was holding my hand She squeezed it tighter and tighter, and it got too tight, but I didn t try to pull my hand away Mommy needed to squeeze it, I thought c Q I didn t move from my spot by the door, because I started to get to know this spot and I didn t want to get to know anything else in the room c Q I thought it was the most beautiful tree I ever saw, and I was happy that it was going to be right there, next to Andy s grave c Q I thought about how Daddy was wrong when he said Charlie didn t get hurt, because he did His son died, too, so his feelings were hurting about that, like ours because Andy died, except it was worse for Charlie because his son killed his angels, and that was worse than just dead c Q So maybe then if we could have tried to notice those things around us, everyone would have felt happier, and then we would have had no fighting c Q The first secret of happiness that Jack and Annie learn from the man in Japan, and it s to make Merlin feel better It s that you have to pay attention to the small things around you in nature OK, Zach, sweetie I don t know what you re talking about right now, but I have a lot of things on my mind Can we talk about this later c Q MOMMY AND DADDY made the world s longest thunderstorm When Mommy and Daddy were in the same room, right away I could feel the storm clouds starting to grow, like they were getting all dark and heavy at the ceiling I know a thunderstorm happens when warm air goes up and cold air comes down and they crash together and make big clouds, and the clouds make rain and lightning and thunder Well, in our house it was like Mommy was the cold air and Daddy the warm air, and when they crashed together, they made a storm of words and yelling and crying.I got pretty good at noticing when it was about to happen, and I tried to get out of there just in time Upstairs, in the hideout, shut the door c Q You re not having very good sympathy, I said to Mommy c Q I stood by the coffee table and looked at my feet, because I didn t want to look at Daddy s new self c This is heartbreaking material, so timely and so relevant given the continuing horrors of school shootings An amazing read that will stay in my mind for a long time to come There are many reviews on this book, but I would like to recommend my good friend Elyse s review which had me bypass so many other books that I pushed this one up the pile recommend this highly enough 5 STARSI d give it 10 if i could I think sometimes you can make other people happy by letting them take care of you. I Am Emotionally Destroyed I started this book and finished it within 3 hours and I couldn t stop reading it It was so muchthan what I was expecting and for being a debut novel this was incredible I read this for my book club and I m so glad we chose to read it.The opening scene in this book will hit you hard Imagine An elementary school and kids are shuffled into a closet The teacher has to lock the door and tell them to continually quiet down All the kids can hear are Pop Pop Pop Some scream, some get sick and some are in total shock about what s happening They ve done lockdown drills before but nothing quite compares to having to do the real thing.A knock on the door and it s the police, they usher the kids out and into a safe place the church Zach, the 6 year old that this book is narrated by, is trying to take it all in as he passes people on the floor Dead Covered in Blood He just wants his Mom Dad Eventually his mom gets through to the church and gets him His Dad shows up and they start to look for Zach s brother, Andy The story goes on to take us through the grieving process of a school shooting, how to deal with the shooters family and how mental illness can effect even the smallest in our community our children We watch Melissa, Zach s mom, turn into someone completely different, we watch the family start to tear apart and we watch Zach start to blame himself and take on the burden of trying to fix everything that s gone wrong He reads and comes across four secrets to happiness and he tries to use them to heal everyone Can you imagine, a six year old trying to fix this truly horrific disasterWhat a miraculous child.There s so muchto this story than what I just wrote but I can t because I don t want to spoil anything I cried no less than 5 times while reading this book As a disclaimer I don t have kids but this devastated me and I can only imagine if you have kids this book would effect you in an even deeper way I could literally feel the emotion coming off the page through each and every character Clearly, this is an emotional book so brace yourself before you read it.This book is told in the narrative voice of Zach, the six year old boy, and how he views all of the decisions and conversations that his family and people around him are going through I think sometimes we forget how smart children are and how their perspective of things can sometimes be the best They can help us heal and they tend to see the best in situations Does Zach go through some serious emotions Of course He just lost his brother and his parents are fighting However, he is still able to see perspective when it comes to the situation and tries to bring everyone together to make it good again If or when I ever have kids I hope to God that I have a kid like Zach He is the kind of kid you want to raise and the kind of kid you would want when a tragedy occurs in your life As I was reading this I also kept thinking about the kids at Sandy Hook and their families I can t imagine what that day was like and I now have a tiny bit of insight and emotional empathy towards the parents who had to go through this devastation Unfortunately, this book is so relevant in our society today and I hope that people read it and take action There are things we can do and we need to keep fighting.Which brings me to my last topic that was important in this novel Mental Health Again, most of the school shootings happening in today s day in age are done by individuals who are getting guns in their hands who may not be mentally fit to have them We need to keep talking about this and continue to protect our children Remember School should always be a safe place for your kids Always So in remembrance of those beautiful Sandy Hook soles we lost, I will continue to keep talking about this and fighting to keep our schools, children, etc safe.Everyone should pick up this novel I think it s powerful, amazing, fantastic, beautiful, emotional, relatable and strong Hats off to the author for her debut novel I will be a fan for life. A remarkable debut novel ripped from the much to common school shooting headlines but brilliantly told through a different perspective SUMMARYIn ONLY CHILD six year old Zack Taylor tells us a story It s the story of how he survives a deadly shooting at his school by hiding in his classroom closet with his teacher But one of the 19 casualties was his 10 year old brother, Andy Zach s mother is utterly shocked and devastated She is on a desperate quest for justice against the shooter s parents and has no time for Zach Zach tells us about how he felt invisible And how he made a secret hideout and surrounded himself with a picture of his brother, his favorite books and some special drawings he made of his feelings He is on his own to figure out how to cope So he starts reading his Magic Tree House books and thinks he has found an answer Armed with the hope and willfulness of a child, Zach attempts to help his parents find love and forgiveness again REVIEWI finished this heartbreaking book yesterday morning but by yesterday afternoon the subject of this book became our reality, once again Another school shooting in another city This one in Parkland, Florida at a high school where 17 children were murdered, and shattered families are left in tatters When will it end ONLY CHILD left me in tears It s heartbreaking because it is so real and so senseless But it s also a beautiful story of a child s resilience and a child s desire to make things right With Zack as the narrator, you will be instantly engrossed by his telling of the pops he heard while hiding in the closest You will marvel at the way he described his feelings with colors, and you will quickly fall in love with this six year old s huge heart RHIANNON NAVIN s debut novel is stellar The characters are as real as a book can get and the writing is impeccable While the subject matter may be difficult to read, it s fascinating and perhaps even valuable to understand it from the mind of a child, who is also a survivor and a sibling of one that is lost forever I listened to the Audible version of this book, which made it all thereal The narrator, Kivlighan de Montebello was endearing. My reviews can also be seen at Zach s story starts on the worst day of his life, and takes him on a journey no one could have expected The book opens with six year old Zach, his teacher, and his classmates hiding in a closet A gunman has entered the school and they can hear shots being fired It was extremely intense I could feel the anxiety of the characters Zach tells us how they had just come in from recess and they were about to start math lessons when the noisy pop sounds started And then Zach heard them yelling lockdown, lockdown, lockdown They had practice lockdown drills before and Zach thought it had been fun Lockdown meant don t go outside like for the fire alarm, but stay inside and out of sight But Zach knows this isn t a practice drill In the closet, he remains as still as he can Even though the closet is small and stuffy He can still hear the pop noises and screams coming from outside the closet Yesterday we did all the things we do every Tuesday because we didn t know that today a gunman was going to come Then it s over But in the chaos of the aftermath, so much is happening Normal rules don t apply Zach is still scared In the days that follow, for Zach, everything looks the same but nothing feels the same While the adults around him try to cope, he finds his own way of coping He has a secret hideout , a place he can read and lock up negative thoughts in his brain safe But he still has nightmares where he hears the pop noises over and over.Zack sees and hears so much of what is going on around him The adults are all trying to cope in their own ways, ways that Zach doesn t understand The adults don t see that Zach is there listening to everything they say and do.I couldn t help but fall in love with Zach He was a wonderful narrator His feelings were so honest and at times he seemed older than his years In many ways, this child had better coping skills than the adults around him And amidst all of the confusion and uncertainty, this six year old boy helps starts the long process of healing.In my opinion, this was a well written novel with many excellent characters Though I ve read other books about school shootings, this is the first I ve read that is told from the perspective of a young child I think it made it evenemotional It s incredibly sad how timely this novel is.An insightful and honest read about life, death, loss, anger, guilt, forgiveness, and hope Only Child was an incredibly powerful read that will likely stay with me for a very long time I m certainly looking forward to readingfrom Rhiannon Navin.I d like to thank Mantle Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review. I finished this book about the effects on one family in the aftermath of a school shooting just days before the horrific school shooting in Florida What a powerful and remarkable novel The author s decision to write from the point of view of a first grader who survived provides a brilliant and welcome perspective one I ve not seen in other school shooting fiction I ll step onto my soapbox now and say that instead of once again just offering thoughts and prayers, every politician should read this book and enact meaningful gun reform laws NOW And for readers, while the book can be disturbing to read, it is one not to be missed.