Only Child by Rhiannon Navin

Only Child

“Perfect for fans of Room… a heartbreaking but important novel.” —Real Simple Readers of Jodi Picoult and Liane Moriarty will also like this tenderhearted debut about healing and family, narrated by an unforgettable six-year-old boy who reminds us that sometimes the littlest bodies hold the biggest hearts and the quietest voices speak the loudest.Squeezed into a coat closet with his classmates and teacher, first grader Zach Taylor can hea...

Details Only Child

TitleOnly Child
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherKnopf Publishing Group
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Adult Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Reviews Only Child

  • Elyse
    2018-02-15 by a very talented child with a growing resume by the name of Kivlighan de Montebello.Kivlighan has appeared in 11 films, 1 theater production, 2 television shows, and 5 voice overs. I was so impressed by the presence of this child’s voice - ( honestly one of the very best VOICE OVERS I’ve listened to in my entire history of audio-listening.I HAD TO LOOK THIS KID UP. WHO WAS HE? Pretty amazing - that’s for sure!!!His talen...
  • Tucker
    I finished this book about the effects on one family in the aftermath of a school shooting just days before the horrific school shooting in Florida. What a powerful and remarkable novel! The author’s decision to write from the point of view of a first grader who survived provides a brilliant and welcome perspective; one I’ve not seen in other “school shooting” fiction. I’ll step onto my soapbox now and say that instead of once again jus...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    4 timely and emotional stars to Only Child ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Review of the audio! 🎧Only Child was released eight days before the school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School. I wasn’t sure if I was ready for this one, but it came highly recommended by my friend, Elyse, especially the audio version, which is narrated by a child, a child prodigy, really, speaking in first person. Zach becomes an “only child” when his sibling, his brother ...
  • Diane S ☔
    Once again fiction takes us into reality, a reality that I wish wasn't true. A school shooting, taken out of our recent headlines, a six year old boy named Zach survives, his ten year old brother does not. Our narrator is Zach, his voice as he takes us into not only his feelings but those of his parents. Heartbreaking for sure. Am somewhat of an outlier with my rating. Seems like because of the subject, the young narrator that this book should ga...
  • Paromjit
    This is heartbreaking material, so timely and so relevant given the continuing horrors of school shootings. An amazing read that will stay in my mind for a long time to come. There are many reviews on this book, but I would like to recommend my good friend Elyse's review which had me bypass so many other books that I pushed this one up the pile. recommend this highly enough!
  • Lisa
    A remarkable debut novel ripped from the much to common school shooting headlines but brilliantly told through a different perspective. SUMMARYIn ONLY CHILD six-year-old Zack Taylor tells us a story. It’s the story of how he survives a deadly shooting at his school by hiding in his classroom closet with his teacher. But one of the 19 casualties was his 10-year-old brother, Andy. Zach’s mother is utterly shocked and devastated. She is on a des...
  • Pauline
    This is a heartbreaking tale about the aftermath of a school shooting. Zak Taylor is six years old when a gunman comes into his school and kills nineteen people. Zak and his classmates have survived because their teacher locks the classroom door and they all hide in a cupboard out of sight. Later they find out that Zak's ten year old brother is one of the victims. This story is told from six year old Zak's point of view. Emotions run high in this...
  • Louise Wilson
    A tenderhearted debut novel about healing and family narrated by an unforgettable six year old boy who reminds us that sometimes the littlest bodies holds the biggest hearts and the quiet pics speak the loudest.This book is about the effect on a family in the aftermath of a school shooting. We get told the story of events fron a first grader called Zach. Zach survives but his 10 year old brother does not. This story is heartbreaking but it's also...
  • Susan
    This novel deals with the aftermath of a school shooting from the point of view of young Zach Taylor. His teacher, Miss Russell, hides her class successfully while a shooter prowls the corridors of McKinley Elementary School, but, when Zach is reunited with his mother, Melissa, and dad, Jim, they find that his older brother, Andy, is nowhere to be found. Later, it is discovered that Andy was one of a number of children who were killed by the adul...
  • Celia
    A terrible thing has happened. A sick man has gotten into McKinley School. He killed a bunch of people with his gun. One of these is Andy Taylor. His younger brother, Zach, also in the school at the time of the shooting, has survived.The entire story is told from the point of view of six year old Zach. He sees his parents arguing and drawing away from each other. He feels very lonely and neglected. I don’t mind dysfunctional people, but when it...
  • Marjorie
    6-year-old Zach Taylor is hiding in the closet with his teacher and other classmates. They cringe in terror as they listen to the sounds of “pop”, “pop”, “pop” in the hallway of their school. A gunman is loose in the school and they have no idea which room he’ll enter next. After the police come, Zach goes to the hospital with his mother, where they learn that Zach’s 10-year-old brother Andy is one of the 19 victims of the shootin...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Review and Q & A with Rhiannon Navin...First I would like to say I loved Only Child. Your writing pulled me in so I couldn’t put down the book until I finished; I think about the characters and how they dealt with tragedy and loss everyday, and I see the value of empathy now more than ever. I felt hesitant when I was ready to pick up my copy – we as a country are experiencing the aftermath of a school shooting once again and emotions are diff...
  • Amy
    The whole story is told through the eyes of Zach, a seven year old little guy and it begins on the day a gunman opens fire at his elementary school. I have three small kids, 9, 6 and 3 and my two oldest have participated in multiple lockdown drills. I remember when my oldest daughter came home from kindergarten talking about what to do if “a bad guy comes to my school mommy, we have to hide in the bathroom and stay super quiet.” That chilled ...
  • Sherri Thacker
    Reading this book the day AFTER the real life shooting in Parkland, FL. I debated whether to read it but since it’s here from the library for 2 weeks, I decided to try and see. The story is told by the 7 year old in a school shooting and the author did a great job with it. Very heartbreaking and unfortunately this is happening more and more IRL. When will it stop?
  • Nancy
    Zach is seven years old when his world collapses. A mentally ill man enters his elementary school with a gun. One of those murdered is Zach's ten year old brother Andy, a bright and vivacious child with Oppositional Defiant Disorder whose management had already stressed their parent's marriage. They are unable to agree on anything now: the mother bent on revenge, the father showing understanding of Zach's regression while he goes to work and carr...
  • Jamie
    So, I've always been oddly fascinated with school shootings, maybe because I was in middle school during Columbine and I was terrified of going to school every day after, that being a naturally curious person, I sought out books about this subject, whether fiction or non-fiction. Nineteen Minutes is probably my favorite book of all time, We Need to Talk About Kevin horrified me but I devoured every page, Finding Jake, you get where I'm going with...
  • Tania
    Yesterday we did all the things we did every Tuesday, because we didn't know that today a gunman was going to come.If you were a fan of Room and A man called Ove I think you will also enjoy Only Child. I've read many books about school shootings, but the opening scene in this book tore my heart to pieces. It must be very difficult to write an authentic sounding 6 year old, especially one going through such a traumatic time with so many events h...
  • Karen
    POP. POP. POP.I had almost finished reading Only Child when the news broke of yet another senseless and horrific school shooting in the US. Reading a story about a school shooting whilst one was taking place in real life added an extra sadness and poignancy.The story begins with 6 year old Zach Taylor hiding in a cupboard along with his teacher and classmates during a school lockdown. There is a gunman walking the corridors, shooting children and...
  • Nicole (Read Eat Sleep Repeat)
    What a way to start out the new year! Only Child was not only the first book I completed in 2018, but it absolutely wrecked me.“I never knew you could feel more than one feeling inside of you at the same time.Especially feelings that are opposites. I know you can feel excited, but when you do what made you excited, the excited feeling goes away and you feel happy because it was fun. Or sad because it’s over already, like right after everyone ...
  • Tracy Fenton
    My Review: I read this book in the week that there was a real life school shooting in Florida and therefore my emotions were already heightened by yet another senseless tragedy. What I wasn’t expecting was to fall head over heels in love with Zach, our 7 year old narrator who stole my heart from page 1.This courageous, brave, sensitive and emotional little boy tells us his horrific story starting with a very fraught and emotional opening chapte...
  • I read novels
    My review [email protected] found Only Child a raw heartbreaking story, but so extremely well written that I couldn’t stop turning the pages. It brings it home to me all the real-life shooting in schools that we see on the news and in the papers. The Only Child is narrated by six-year old Zac. Miss Russell did what most teachers would do she hid all of the class from a crazy gun man shooting children at t...
  • Laura Rash
    This book is a story of a 7 year old boy named Zach who survives a school shooting but his brother, Andy, doesn’t. The heart wrenching story of the aftermath is told from Zach’s POV. From the opening pages of him hiding in a closet listening to the “pop pop” sounds to the emotional overload the whole family experiences afterwards is entrancing. While it about gutted me to read it, I’m sincere in the fact that I’m glad I did. It’s a ...
  • BookwormDH
    BLURB,We went to school that Tuesday like normal.Not all of us came home . . .Huddled in a cloakroom with his classmates and teacher, six-year-old Zach can hear shots ringing through the corridors of his school. A gunman has entered the building and, in a matter of minutes, will have taken nineteen lives.In the aftermath of the shooting, the close-knit community and its families are devastated. Everyone deals with the tragedy differently. Zach's ...
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    **Thanks to First To Read for providing me a complimentary copy of ONLY CHILD in exchange for my honest review**Six-year-old Zach hides in a closet with his teacher and classmates while s gunman kills nineteen students and staff, including his older brother Andy. Now his mother cries all the time and snaps at him, his dad escapes to work and Zach tries to make sense of it all.Calling ONLY CHILD a special book seems inadequate to express my feelin...
  • Krissy
    Zach's mom... oh boy. She rubbed me the wrong way. So many times I wanted to reach into the book and slap her. Poor sweet Zach. I just wanted to take him away from it all and love him to pieces. We could read every single Magic Treehouse book ever written if he wanted to. I loved that the audiobook narrator was a kid himself. Kivlighan de Montebello did an amazing job!
  • DeAnn
    I thought this book was amazing. While the topic of school shootings is never a pleasant one, Rhiannon Navin does an amazing job with this difficult subject. There are so many facets to this – parents of the slain school children, siblings, the pursuit of justice, grief, motive, and media coverage. The narrator is Zach, a six-year-old, and survivor of the school shooting. Zach works through his trauma and helps the adults in his life do the sam...
  • Diana Iozzia
    "Only Child" Written by Rhiannon NavinReview written by Diana Iozzia"Only Child" follows the lives that continue on after being affected by a gunman who enters an elementary school. Zach Taylor is a quiet and kindhearted first grader who survives the shooting, in which his brother, Andy, and 18 other people were killed. Zach's family is destroyed by this, but soon you learn that it was breaking down before the tragedy. After the shooting, Zach be...
  • Joanna Park
    Only Child is an incredible, hard hitting and emotional story that I know will stay with me for a long time.Firstly I don’t think I’ve ever read such a thrilling and haunting opening chapter! The description of Zach and his class hiding from the gunman was so vivid I felt like I was right there in the cupboard experiencing it along side of them.  Their fear is almost palpable and I felt my heart beat racing as I kept reading hoping they woul...
  • Jo
    Wow, wow, wow! I loved this book. I struggled a little at the beginning to get into the swing of the narrative which is written from the perspective of a six year old boy. The child's voice is such a powerful one that I did check back once or twice to make sure that I hadn't been mistaken; that this was actually a book for an adult, not a child. However, once I had settled into it I found the story absolutely enthralling. Zach is the little broth...
  • Sarah
    I've had audible for over a year now and have noticed how many 5 star experiences I've had with audio compared to how stingy I am when it comes to paper books... it isn't like judgy me to 5 star anything. So I acknowledge that a good narrator can elevate any written material and while I'm not saying that Only Child isn't amazing in paper form too (it probably is) but that this review is based on my experience with a book that is timely and moving...