Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

Matthew suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. His condition has spun out of control, leaving him home bound hiding out in his room, and obsessively cleaning to reduce his anxiety. To entertain himself Matthew has taken to observing the world outside his windows, quickly developing a keen knowledge of the schedules and lives of the neighbors around him. When a toddler goes missing from the house next door, the town  learns that Matthew was the last one to see the boy. As the community comes together to search for the missing child, Matthew must push himself out of his comfort zone and join forces with unlikely friends to help solve the mystery.

The Goldfish Boy is a compassionate contemporary tale full of quirky characters and a suspenseful mystery. I was impressed with portrayal of what someone living with OCD could be dealing with. This youth book highlights the gift of empathy in a world where everyone is dealing with a loss or personal struggle. And while a youth title, I found it a well-paced and enjoyable read for adults as well.

Readers who enjoy GoldfishBoy may also like the resilience of the characters in Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt and Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

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