By Kristen den Hartog
Simon & Schuster, $15.00, 240 pages
The Girl Giant by Kristen den Hartog shares the struggles of Ruth Brennan, a giant trapped in a little girl’s body. From an early age Ruth began growing to exceptional size, surpassing all her classmates in a matter of months. As she continues to grow her parents become worried, both for their daughter and for their loss at not having a normal child. Ruth’s uniqueness doesn’t come only from her size, but also by her ability to understand the deepest parts of everyone she meets. This is not only a story of a family coping with change, but also how one should never judge a person based only on what they see.
This book, conceptually, has some great points. Teaching a story of acceptance through the eyes of a girl giant seems poignant. The execution falls flat however, and after a few pages, it is obvious this book doesn’t deliver on its premise. Weak writing, cliché story and dialogue, and boring plot make The Girl Giant not worth the time.
Reviewed by Andrew Keyser