ARC Review: Rosie Loves Jack by Mel Darbon

Rosie loves Jack. Jack loves Rosie. So when they’re split up, Rosie will do anything to find the boy who makes the sun shine in her head. Even run away from home. Even cross London and travel to Brighton alone, though the trains are cancelled and the snow is falling. Even though any girl might find that hard, let alone a girl with Down’s syndrome. See the world through new eyes in this one-in-a-million story about fighting for the freedoms that we often take for granted: independence, tolerance and love.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a Physical copy of the book by US Borne YA in exchange for an honest review. However, all the thoughts, feelings and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Every once in a while, you come across a book that change not only your perspective about the world but about yourself – Rosie Loves Jack is exactly that kind of book; it hurt my heart so bad, yet I was pulled in immediately, not only by the writing style but also by the character who changed my life.

This is one of MY TOP FAVOURITES of 2018 – and if you read this book (READ THIS BOOK!); you will definitely know why.

Told in the perspective of Rosie, a teenager with Down’s Syndrome, when she embarks on a journey alone to reunite with the boy who makes everything better for, Jack.

Rosie is in love with Jack – they have a beautiful relationship – both believe that they make each other better. So when Jack is sent away because of his anger management problems and Rosie’s parents run interference with their communication; Rosie makes the unilateral decision to make the journey to Jack so that he knows that their love still stands strong.

What follows is a journey that made me laugh and cry happy tears all the while smiling so huge that my face almost hurt. This is a magnificently written debut novel that denotes exactly what representation should be in books along with delivering the message with dazzling simplicity – that you or me; no matter what our differences maybe, we still remain the same. Always.  

Rosie honestly steals the show – throughout her journey, no matter who she meets, she treats with kindness & empathy that ends up endearing her to the world around her, even if she tries so hard to deflect the meanness of the world around her. Rosie shows us the world through her innocent eyes, and it is a perception that ends up changing a little bit of my own perception as well.

The author has done a fan – freaking – tastic job of writing a character who is not only endearing, but until it is actually specified, you wouldn’t ever believe that she was any different from you or me.  

This book should be on MUST READ LIST of everyone who was and is a reader; or even someone who has ever wanted to understand why anyone with disabilities would not be different from you or me.  

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


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