Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin (Feiwel & Friends, October 2014) is chocked full of amazing characterization. Rose is a preteen struggling with OCD and difficulties fitting in because she is on the autism spectrum. But Rose is not stupid, and her quick wit and clever ways of dealing with her frustrating life
One of Rose’s obsessions is homonyms, and she loves that her name has a homonym (rose/rows). When her father brings her a stray dog, she gives him a name with two special homonyms: Rain (rein, reign). Rain quickly becomes her treasured best friend, confidant, and support as her home life with her verbally abusive father deteriorates. With only her uncle on her side, Rose faces a challenging year.
I loved the special characterization in this book. Rose was made truly real through the unique voice she has in her story. And, while I am completely not a dog person, I loved the special connection between the lonely Rose and her dog allowed her to deal with the emotional difficulties during this in between year. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a tender story with a strong, unique character at it’s center.
Note: I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration.