Continuing with books I read from our Overdrive site, this book is by Rebecca Makkai, the author of The Hundred Year House. I liked that one enough to read another of her's-The Borrower.|
The story is told by Lucy Hull, a children's librarian. Her favorite patron is Ian Drake. Ian loves to read, but his strict family wants to tightly control what he reads. One Sunday, Lucy goes in to work early only to find that Ian has spent the night in the library and is intent on running away. After a series of questionable decisions on Lucy's part the two take off towards Chicago and points East. It is a highly amusing road trip, with lots of characters along the way.
The book asks the larger question of how involved should adults be when they think that parents are, even unintentionally, harming their children. How do they support a child when that child is not becoming what the parents imagined, and the parents are trying to fit a round child into a square hole. It was definitely thought provoking.
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