Some books are so good they set you on fire. This is one of those books, destined to become one of those classics everyone should read, and trust me, you will want to read this novel.
Piper is a twelve-year-old girl. Someday is her dog. In Piper, author Ruth Perkinson has created an unforgettable character, reminiscent of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, and I mention this literary classic intentionally. Piper never does get around to reading that bird book during the most pivotal summer of her young life, but if she had, she would have found a kindred soul.
Piper has had more tragedy than anyone needs to bear, certainly more than any child should ever have to face. Creating an unerringly true voice for her protagonist, Perkinson deals with the facts of Piper's existence in a matter-of-fact tone that sounds just perfect. Piper tells us she has three holes, and she cannot bear a fourth one, and she spends all her time trying to make sure that fourth hole in her life, her heart, doesn't happen. She bargains with God, she tries to be under everyone's radar, and she clings to the one thing she has left, her dog, another damaged survivor. Piper's Someday, a crippled, neglected speciman, is all she has.
Piper tells her own story, and she tells us right up front, Someday doesn't die.
This is a story about loss, guilt, love and loyalty. It is written with skill and scope, allowing us into a young girl's life, letting us see through her eyes, hear her voice, feel her fear and confusion and hope.
This novel should go on every library shelf, be on every required reading list, and earn its place along side the book Piper eventually read, To Kill a Mockingbird, and other inspiring classics like it, those books we love to read and read again.