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Review: When We Were Vikings

When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald
My rating: 3.75 of 5 stars

3.75 Stars

I've thought long and hard about how to review this novel. On the one hand, portions of it are high on charm and it's wonderful to see a novel in which the protagonist has disability issues. Zelda, a young adult, is high functioning on the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum. She lives with her older brother Gert, who has been struggling to take care of Zelda since their mother died, leaving them for a time in the care of their abusive uncle. We love Zelda and her quirky obsession with all things Viking. (Many readers may initially think that Zelda seems like she has Autism, but her high verbal functioning is one of the characteristic differences between those with FASD versus ASD.) Zelda's cognitive issues affect her ability to adjust to change and occasionally some of her reasoning skills. Gert has sheltered her from a lot and Zelda is too trusting. Gert's ex-girlfriend, Annie (AK47) is one of th…

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