Caitlyn is different from those around her. Her connection to the world, her brother Devin, is gone. Taken in a tragic school shooting on The Day Our World Fell Apart. Caitlyn’s dad isn’t handling the loss very well; neither Caitlyn nor her father have found Closure. With the help of her school counselor, Caitlyn tries to navigate making friends, being empathetic and finding closure. It is not easy for her and she has a lot of missteps, but in the end they do find a bit of closure for themselves and the community.
This was a wonderful book and highly deserving of the National Book Award. It really does give a glimpse into the life of a child with Asperger’s. Caitlyn doesn’t think or act like we do. She has a set of rules that helps her deal with other people and the world around her. She takes everything literally and doesn’t understand a lot of what people are saying because they don’t say what they mean. Caitlyn’s story is a touching one and beautifully written. The story really draws you in and makes you want to keep reading. I highly recommend this one.