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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Rue L'Hommedieu's Because of the Night is the story of a spunky ten-year-old girl suffering from ADHD who has a hard time mingling with the members of her family. Vicky always felt out of place in her home. With a seemingly disinterested mother and a "normal" genius of a brother, she is constantly questioning if she really belongs to her family. After getting in trouble one more evening, Vicky decides she has had enough and ventures into the night, looking for her real family with her pillow and doll. After being rejected by her neighbors, she finds herself on a boat with a mysterious old lady who gives her a choice -- at the end of the night, either Vicky goes back to her family or loses them forever. What transpires will change Vicky forever.
Empathy and kind deeds go a long way toward building relationships and changing the course of someone's life. This is the prime message at the heart of Because of the Night. Author Rue L'Hommedieu's moving story demonstrates how everyone has their own issues they must navigate, and it is only through compassion and empathy that one feels a sense of connection with their fellow human beings. The fact that the story is narrated through the eyes of a ten-year-old girl with ADHD only makes it all the more impactful and riveting to read. Vicky has a vibrant personality you can't help but find adorable. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and can't recommend it enough.