Monday, May 25, 2020
Right as Rain, by Lindsey Stoddard
She's not the only one having difficulties: her father won't get dressed or leave his room and her parents are in fact splintering further apart. And Rain comes to realize that her family are not the only ones suffering from changes and loss. Frankie, a girl in their apartment, has lost her best friend. Nestor, a homeless man in the neighborhood, has lost the job that gave him security. The gentrification of their neighborhood has caused many people to lose their homes and their livelihoods.
As the first anniversary of her brother's death approaches, though, Rain comes to realize that there are plenty of things to be gained. Life is full of losses, but it also contains victories.
It's a good book with no particular surprises except for the unexpected philosophizing on the emotional impact of gentrification on a neighborhood, and the lack of much on death, leaving old friends, or depression. All three of these latter topics come up, but Stoddard doesn't want to dwell on them (and surely enough has been written on them already to make that excusable!). Instead, this is really about Rain's reset to living in a new home, making new friends, and finding her place in the community. It's a joyful story full of kindness and affirmation.