Review: You Don’t Know Everything Jilly P
Author: Alex Gino
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
This was my pick for Middle Grade March. And it was a very quick read for me. There were so many things that I liked about this book, but the main one being how it touched on the world of being deaf. I have an aunt who is deaf and even though we have all figured out our way to communicate with her, I have often wondered how she truly feels. Have I done something to offend her by being a hearing person and forgetting that she isn’t? The friendships portrayed in this book, and the lessons those friendships taught warmed my heart, and I hope that children read this book and understand the true message behind it.
The book loosely touched on the Black Lives Matter, and while I can appreciate that. I felt like throwing such an important topic into a book that was already centered around a topic that was heavy, it wasn’t the time.
Jilly loves her best friend, pb & J sandwiches and her favorite fantasy series. Life is as its always been until her mother gives birth to her baby sister Emma. Emma was born deaf and this opens a new part of life Jilly knew nothing about.
Jilly connects with another reader named Derek, who she finds out is a deaf ASL user. Excited that she now has something else in common with Derek by way of her sister Emma, Jilly turns to him for advice. This does not always turn out the way that Jilly intends on it. As the racial climate around her is getting worse, and the more she learns about the deaf community, Jilly learns that in order to accept change, she too has to change….and the only way to do that is to become open to those things that are different than her.
Until next time, until the next book.