11 comments on “The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien | Book Review

  1. I’m so glad everyone is reading this book all of a sudden!!! It’s one of the most memorable things I read last year for sure. Such a harrowing, difficult read, but a really rewarding one. I completely get your criticisms though, especially the one about not seeing enough of her adult life. (The narrative voice issue didn’t really register for me, but I listened to this on audio so I’m sure the tone was a bit different overall?)

    • I couldn’t resist after reading everyone’s great reviews! I imagine it will really stay with me too.

      Yes, it’s a shame we didn’t get more reflection on the lasting impact. I respect that’s not the memoir she was trying to write (and perhaps she’ll write a follow up focusing on her later years), but that would have allowed for more depth and reflection, I think.

      The narrative voice thing may not bother some people. I just felt she had a lot of awareness as to how cruel/strange her parents’ behaviour was for a 4-8 year old, especially given that she’d never been exposed to anything different at that point. Powerful and harrowing nonetheless!

  2. Sounds like an interesting, but tough memoir. I guess it is difficult, when you write retrospectively, not to add perspective and reflection to past events. But of course she could have avoided writing in present tense.

  3. Excellent review! This book has been everywhere lately, and it sounds very worth the read. Pity the voice/structure might be a little off though!

    • Thank you! It’s definitely worth checking out, and many people didn’t have the same slight issues with the narration that I did, so perhaps you’ll get on fine with it in that respect too 😊

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