I received a gifted galley of A MILLION THINGS by Emily Spurr for an honest review. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review!
Publication Date: 8/24/2021
Rating: 4.5 / 5
A MILLION THINGS follows Rae, a young girl facing very difficult circumstances. Her mother has often left her alone, but Rae always knows she’s coming back. Until now. Now she wakes up with her pup by her side and the back door open and a knowledge that things have gone wrong. She isn’t quite ready to face what is going on, so she resumes life as normal. She make excuses for her mother’s absence and continues on with life fending for herself and her dog.
Next door to Rae lives Lettie, an older woman with a hoarding problem. She is the talk of the neighborhood as her house’s condition makes itself more and more obvious that she needs help. Rae is a resourceful girl and she finds little ways to make an impact in Lettie’s life and finds ways for Lettie to help her out as well. As an unlikely friendship forms, Lettie begins to ask more questions and Rae must get closer to admitting the truth to herself.
This book was SO heartbreaking and so compelling and so beautifully done. Rae is such a bright and resourceful girl, a ten year old managing to fend for herself completely for weeks on end. I love the relationship she has with her pup (of course!) as it is the only consistent relationship she’s really had. Though she attends school regularly and sees people there, it doesn’t seem she’s ever been able to let people close to her given her difficult home situation.
The friendship between Lettie and Rae is beautifully developed as well. They are an unlikely pairing, but each has needs and hurts that the other is able to uncover. They’re each willing to accept the other as they are.
This made for a great discussion book as there are a lot of elements to dig into and I’m still not entirely sure if I loved the direction the ending takes. Even so, the entire book was thought provoking and it will pull at every heartstring!
A MILLION THINGS is out on Tuesday 8/24/2021!