Hello Gemmies! I have an exciting book review to share with you today. The Forgotten Girl is a middle grade ghost story by India Hill Brown. This book is so special and super creepy! The plot was unexpected, fresh, and new. The Forgotten Girl is unique and pulls you in right away. Even though this is a middle grade read, some very real, very adult topics like Segregation and its lingering effects on African Americans are addressed. This is very much a story about grief, trauma, racist micro aggressions, family and friendship. I enjoyed learning more about segregation and segregated graveyards in America. It was not hard to find myself fully immersed in this all too real world. I live in North Carolina and have seen several forgotten graveyards. This made the world building feel authentic to me. India Hill Brown's writing flowed at a great pace all throughout this novel. I finished this gem in one sitting!
The Forgotten Girl is also an extremely well written character driven story with a diverse cast of characters that I found to be complex, dynamic, and relatable. I absolutely loved our main protagonist Iris. I totally related with all of the obstacles and passive aggressive behavior she faces in her day to day life. I also appreciated Avery's character, she was multi dimensional and interesting. The friendship between Iris and Daniel is also very sweet. It felt natural and never came off as forced.
If you are a fan of the supernatural, ghost stories and speculative fiction then read this book! Published by Scholastic, The Forgotten Girl is available for purchase from all major booksellers. I give The Forgotten Girl 5 out of 5 gems. Happy Reading!