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
ISBN9781524733353
Author
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherKnopf Publishing Group
GenreFiction, Adult Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Adult, Contemporary
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Reviews Only Child

  • Celia
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Marjorie
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Nicole (Read Eat Sleep Repeat)
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Laura Rash
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Nancy
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    1970-01-01
    **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...
  • Diana Iozzia
    1970-01-01
    "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...
  • Jo
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Kristen Beverly
    1970-01-01
    I am on a roll with these amazing, emotional books! I cried all the tears today. So many tears shed over this book, but it was paradoxically uplifting and hopeful. Zach’s love, compassion and sympathy for others around him is inspiring and just so beautiful. This is a very hard book to read at times, but I actually feel like I came out the other side a better person. It made me think about all the times that I haven’t had compassion or love o...
  • DeAnn
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Emma Leeworthy
    1970-01-01
    An incredibly heartbreaking story, told from the viewpoint of Zach, a seven year old boy who was present at the school shooting which resulted in the death of his ten year old brother.The story is gripping from page one, Rhiannon Navin does an absolutely fantastic job of capturing the pain of a family torn apart by a horrific tragedy. We see Zach having to try and understand the wide range of emotions that he is not only feeling himself, but also...
  • Maggie
    1970-01-01
    Only Child is deeply moving and insightful. Rhiannon Navin is a magnificent writer who captures beautifully the voices of her characters, particularly the little boy whose life we follow. The pain experienced by the characters is real, as is the power to heal. Don't be scared by the subject matter; I was, and am so thankful I read the book. From page one, I was hooked. The storyline, the writing, the appreciation of life and family will leave you...
  • Julie Barnard
    1970-01-01
    I couldn’t stop reading this sad and beautiful book. It is the author’s first novel and is absolutely amazing.
  • Sue
    1970-01-01
    The author's debut novel captured a different view of school shootings by giving us the story through the eyes of a 6 year old first grader. Presenting the story from the viewpoint of a 6 year old made this an even more horrific story as we witness his feelings as well as his loss of innocence.As the book begins, the 'stranger danger' drill in Zach's classroom becomes the real thing as the teacher pushes all of the students into a closet and hold...
  • Breakaway Reviewers
    1970-01-01
    I felt every single emotion I had, even those I've hidden for years...I would read this again and again - in fact, I have - and if you have lost a child or a sibling, please read this book. It will make you cry, for the bad, the good and the ugly. It will give you hope too.Six-year-old Zach is at school, happily sitting at his desk when the gunman strikes. His teacher Springs to action and the class manages to hide and survive.His older brother, ...
  • Mainlinebooker
    1970-01-01
    Can my eyes produce any more tears for this heartbreaking yet ultimately uplifting story of a family consumed by a school shooting? Wise beyond his 6 year old self, Zach narrates this story in a voice so authentic, I could feel his pain as his world is torn asunder from the death of his 9 and a half year old older brother.While his mother strikes out with anger at the world and the family of the killer, she dissociates her self from her family an...
  • Angie
    1970-01-01
    Very powerful exploration of a family dealing with the loss of a child in a school shooting, as narrated by a 6-year-old. The story arc was well done, and it was emotionally powerful. It did require quite a bit of suspension of disbelief, regarding both the wisdom of a 6-year-old and the neglect of that child by his family (both his parents and some extended family that are present but not attending to him). So there are some fundamental problems...
  • Kirsty
    1970-01-01
    I requested Rhiannon Navin's Only Child due almost entirely to its comparisons to Emma Donoghue's Room, a novel which I very much enjoyed. Such comparisons tend to be rather unfounded, put there just to sell books, as was very much the case here. I found Navin's prose rather lacklustre. Whilst the plot and narrator were intriguing, I felt that the narrative voice she had crafted was too repetitive to sustain my interest, and not overly believable...
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    First grader Zach Taylor in rushed and hidden in his classroom closet when a gunman comes to school. As his foot falls asleep, he hears POP POP POP. The story continues to be told through Zach's 6-year old perspective as the families, school, and community deal with the aftermath. Ms. Navin does an incredible job of handling such a serious topic through the innocence of a young boy. Somehow this results in a book that is both heart breaking and o...
  • Vishaka Rajan
    1970-01-01
    I'm still trying to come up with the right words to describe how amazing this novel is. It is absolutely fantastic, and the fact that this came from a debut author is hard to believe. The novel deals with a difficult topic: gun violence and the loss of an innocent child. The story is masterfully written, told entirely from the perspective of young Zach Taylor. It is his innocent thoughts that we hear, his eyes through which we observe - and yet,...
  • Nancy
    1970-01-01
    Zack Taylor is only seven when a madman opens fire at his school. His brother is one of the victims. So in this debut novel, the author walks us through recovery through the eyes of a child. Often it is the chid who sees the whole picture most clearly.
  • Ellen
    1970-01-01
    No spoilers. Many thanks to First to Read for the advance copy for an honest review. The first line caught my interest and the rest of the book did not disappoint. Told through the eyes of 6 year old Zach Taylor, it gives a perspective of such a traumatic and horrific event that has become all too common in present day society, and unfortunately, especially in America. His mother seems to forget about poor Zach and goes on her own to satisfy her ...
  • Hazel Roberts
    1970-01-01
    After the horror how the younger brother tries to make sense of it all. Told from his point of view the child like innocence slowly changes the grief and anger of the adults to sorrow but also hope that as a family they will survive but never forget the older child
  • Kathy
    1970-01-01
    Rhiannon Navin's debut novel, Only Child, is a poignant, heartrending and emotional story narrated by a six year old boy who survives a school shooting.First grader Zach Taylor, his teacher Miss Russell and his classmates are among the survivors of a school shooting that takes the lives of nineteen classmates and educators.  Zach is a very bright and observant young boy whose parents' marriage is already a somewhat stressed before the shooting a...
  • Lozzi Counsell
    1970-01-01
    I've never read a book from the point of view of someone so young before and wasn't sure how I'd take to it but straight away none of that even mattered. I was there in that room with Zach from the first moment of the story and I stuck with him throughout. I remember reading the first few chapters of the story - I was just meant to read a couple of pages and go to bed, but I was completely captured in the moment and I couldn't stop reading. I fel...
  • Melissa Bierlein
    1970-01-01
    Such a sweet book. Written in the voice of a six year old boy. I absolutely loved it!
  • Catherine
    1970-01-01
    This heartbreaking and insightful book is told through the eyes of a six year old boy, a survivor of a school shooting. Zach Taylor and his classmates survive by hiding in a closet with their teacher, but his older brother 10-year old Andy is one of the students who is killed. Zach's parents are too wrapped up in their own grief and anger to see that Zach needs help, so the young boy learns to deal with his conflicted feelings on his own. He make...
  • Amy Morgan
    1970-01-01
    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. This one just did not connect with me. The story is told from the perspective of a 6 year old boy both during and after an active shooter comes into his school. This unspeakable tragedy leaves his family forever altered and his mother and father are torn apart by her quest for justice against the shooter's parents. During this whole time I was incredibly angry with everyone in this book because...
  • Terry Pearson
    1970-01-01
    Thank you goodreads for the giveaway copy of this book.First grader Zach Taylor hears the gunshots while holed up in the coat closet with his classmates and his teacher. There's a gunman in the school and he's shooting to kill.Review coming soon