Title: Never Hug a Nun
Author: Kevin Killeen
I felt like I was morphed back into a child as I read Never Hug a Nun. The author has an amazing grasp of how the mind of a child works. There are so many things about childhood that you forget as you get older, but by the end of the book I was remembering things long forgotten from my own.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book, but I was immediately pulled in to Patrick’s world as he raced to stop Ebby from jumping in front of the train but ends up jumping it with her instead. It’s the beginning of so many decisions that go the wrong way for Patrick. I spent the entire book chuckling at his innocence and hoping for him to be able to make things right.
It’s not too often that I get attached to a character that is so young. As a reader, you usually connect the most to the ones that are closer to your own age, but I couldn’t help but connect with Patrick. I felt like his mother. I ached with him when he ached and I just wanted to put my arms around him when he was hurting to keep him safe. I couldn’t put this book down because I needed to know that everything was going to work out okay for little Patrick.
I can’t way whether or not Patrick gets it all cleared up before the end, but I can say that I think his little character learns a lot of lessons about life, and even love, in this wonderfully written book.
*I received a copy of this book to review but was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my own observations while reading this novel.*