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Only Child de Rhiannon Navin
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Only Child (original: 2018; edição: 2019)

de Rhiannon Navin (Autor)

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"Only Child triumphs. Zach, at only 6 years old, understands more about the human heart than the broken adults around him. His hope and optimism as he sets out to execute his plan will have every reader cheering him on, and believing in happy endings even in the face of such tragedy. . . . Navin manages to make Zach's voice heartbreakingly believable."--Ann Hood, The Washington Post "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.… (mais)
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Título:Only Child
Autores:Rhiannon Navin (Autor)
Informação:Vintage (2019), Edition: Reprint, 304 pages
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für mich das typische amerikanische Storytelling. Wurde aber dennoch angenehm unterhalten. ( )
  elgeka | Jul 18, 2021 |
Powerful & heartbreaking! 6 year old Zach teaches us all about love, loss, anger, & sympathy after gun violence impacts his family, his school, & his community. ( )
  Lisa_Francine | Aug 5, 2020 |
Too many emotions with this one.
I was scared, sad, mad, sorry and then sad again. It was one hell of an emotional roller-coaster ride but the ending was so beautiful it makes the ugly crying through the story worth.
It makes me wonder if it's just human nature to be yearning so hard for something one's lost that one fail to see what they've got left just like Zach's mom. Speaking of, she was my favorite character of the whole story.
ႊ့The fascinating thing with this book is that I thought a lot about my mom whenever I see a glimpse into Zach's mommy's feelings. I didn't like her. I might hate her tbh. However her character was built so that we can see how she changed from an ordinary mom to a selfish ball of pain to this emphatic kind mother. Seeing her character blossoms makes me understand my own mother a little better and forgive her for all the time I thought she was selfish when really she wasn't. ( )
  KLHtet | Jun 17, 2020 |
Oh my word, Only Child completely captured my heart; I felt as if my heart had been ripped out of my chest, given CPR and put back in again leaving scars that will remind me of this beautiful book for the rest of my life.

Written from the perspective of a six year old boy who experiences the devastating event itself and the heart-breaking aftermath of a primary school shooting, Zach is a voice that I will never forget. I felt my heart squeeze as Zach talked about the sky crying and I almost felt as if I had to be strong for him, as I struggled to hold back the tears that kept threatening to fall. I don't want to write anything about the story as it could spoil it for others but I will say that Only Child is a book that is very hard to put down and impossible to forget.

I was reminded of the stages of grief as I read about Zach's story and saw how the adults around him were behaving. From the shock of the initial event to the anger as the parents look for someone to blame and the final acceptance as life goes on. I compared grief for an adult against grief for a child and although we think children are resilient and quick to bounce back, I think it was good to show Zach's denial and anger coming through. It's also a stark reminder that little ears hear a lot more than we realise.

I was so completely invested in Zach's story that I felt every single emotion with the characters in the book. I felt that Zach had a lot to teach us about acceptance and forgiveness but also that it's ok to be upset and angry. Zach's unique voice, so honest through his innocence, is written completely flawlessly making this a very special book indeed.

Only Child is an absolutely stunning book and I am completely astounded that this is Rhiannon Navin's debut novel. It's exceptional, outstanding, extraordinary, astounding...in fact it's all of the adjectives I can possibly think of and more! Only Child is definitely one of my top picks of 2018; even the coldest heart won't fail to be moved by this perfect novel of loss, hope and everything in between.

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion. ( )
  Michelle.Ryles | Mar 9, 2020 |
Rhiannon Navin's debut novel, Only Child, is a poignant, heartrending and emotional story narrated by a six year old boy who survives a school shooting.

First grader Zach Taylor, his teacher Miss Russell and his classmates are among the survivors of a school shooting that takes the lives of nineteen classmates and educators. Zach is a very bright and observant young boy whose parents' marriage is already a somewhat stressed before the shooting and in the aftermath, they leave him to cope with the tragedy on his own. His questions are heartbreaking as he tries to make sense of what happened especially when he learns the identity of the shooter. Zach is embarrassed when he regresses to what he considers to be "baby" behavior and he takes comfort in the hideout he has created for himself. He is also confused by the changes in his mother but his father is surprisingly understanding of what Zach is experiencing. Finding solace in a set of children's books, Zach tries to apply the insights he gleans from the stories to restore happiness to his family.

Although quite smart, Zach's worldview is simple and lacking pretense. He is quite honest about his perceptions of the shooting and its impact on his family. His little world is shattered and he cannot understand why his mom's reaction is so different than his and his father's. Although he was quite close to his mom before this life altering event, he is stunned by how drastically his sweet and caring mom's behavior becomes in the days, weeks and months following the shooting. Zach loves his dad, but his father's long commute and work schedule leave little time for them to spend together. However after the tragic incident, his dad's presence reassuring.

Zach's astute observations, conclusions and decisions are age appropriate. While some of what he observes goes over his head, readers will definitely understand the implications. Quickly picking up on the tension between his parents, he breaks down their behavior into something only he can understand and he is quick to pick up on the subtle nuances of impending trouble. Zach's parents are so consumed by their own struggles to cope, he is left to navigate the morass of his emotions on his own. His coping mechanisms are heartbreaking yet effective and his explanations are guaranteed to make even the most stoic reader shed a few tears (especially his scenes with his dad in his hideout). As Zach continues to watch his family fall apart, he decides on a course of action to heal the people he loves.

Only Child is an absolutely brilliant novel that is unique, deeply affecting and quite thought-provoking. Zach's narration is incredibly compelling and viewing the world through his young eyes is often quite perceptive. Rhiannon Navin is an immensely gifted storyteller who evokes empathy and deep emotion in this sorrowful yet ultimately uplifting story. ( )
  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
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"Only Child triumphs. Zach, at only 6 years old, understands more about the human heart than the broken adults around him. His hope and optimism as he sets out to execute his plan will have every reader cheering him on, and believing in happy endings even in the face of such tragedy. . . . Navin manages to make Zach's voice heartbreakingly believable."--Ann Hood, The Washington Post "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.

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