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Book Review: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

I feel the need to preface this review with a discussion on genre. The assignment of a genre to a book is little more than a marketing strategy whose purpose is to place the book in the section of the bookstore where it will sell the most copies. There are those who live and die by their chosen book genres. Some book snobs wouldn’t deign to read young adult novels, thinking those books are for kids and kids alone. But the truth is, a book can be many different things to many different people. A fantasy novel can also be a literary novel, and a YA novel can also be for adults. This is one of those rare novels that – in my opinion – is for everyone.

The cover of The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

I first discovered The Girl Who Drank the Moon on one of the many literary blogs I troll for book recommendations. I added it to my Goodreads Want-To-Read list without realizing it is a children’s book. I then placed an online hold on the book, still unaware that my local library houses this particular text in the juvenile books section.

If I had gone to my library to browse for books, I would have never stumbled upon this gem because I don’t typically look for books for my own reading pleasure in the juvenile section. But while this novel will likely be lovingly pored through by middle grade readers and the occasional precocious grade-schooler, it would be equally loved by adults, if only it could find its way into their discerning little grownup hands.

This magical – and very well-written – tale truly is for everyone. I enjoyed it as an adult, and I would have also loved it as a grade-schooler. I would have loved to have this book read aloud to me as a preschooler, and I also would have loved to read it aloud to my own children when they were in preschool. Don’t let the genre scare you away. The Girl Who Drank the Moon is a great read for all!

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