Published by Philomel on April 15th 2010
In Caitlin's world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad. Anything in between is confusing. That's the stuff Caitlin's older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon's dead and Dad is no help at all. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger's, she doesn't know how. When she reads the definition of closure, she realizes that is what she needs. In her search for it, Caitlin discovers that not everything is black and white - the world is full of colors - messy and beautiful.
Kathryn Erskine has written a must-read gem, one of the most moving novels of the year.
Short & Sweet: Caitlin really is a character that draws you in. She thinks about things so differently because of having Asperger's and she must come to terms with her older brother dying in her own way. I love that this book was from her point of view and that you really did get to see how a child like her sees the world. This was a book that made me cry several times.
Final Verdict: Why are all the award winning books ones that make you cry? Definitely a book worth reading and more than worthy of the National Book Award.