The Goldfish Boy

“Tgoldfish boyThe Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson, is a story about a boy with obsessive compulsive disorder who witnesses the disappearance of a toddler. Matthew, the main character, doesn’t have the sitcom’s version of OCD that is for comic relief or anything, he actually has a very realistic form of the disorder that gets quite disturbing the more you think about it. He has the urge to clean everything, always wears plastic gloves, and never leaves his room. This causes him to miss school and distance himself from his friends. Melody Bird, Matthew’s “sidekick,” also helps find the missing toddler. She is presumed to be a creep by the entire neighborhood because of her frequent trips to the local graveyard. Nobody, not even Matthew at first, trusts her. The story’s message is to never judge a book by its cover. There is not a single predictable character in this book. Even the villain of the story is very surprising, which is very unique for a young adult book because the author foreshadows the villain and still manages to come out of nowhere, in a good way. My only real issue with this story is Matthew’s father, he always makes jokes about Matthew staying in his room and ignores Matthew when he asks for him to not stress-decorate his room, he just seems too mean for a father. Otherwise, this story is amazing and I would totally recommend it! -E. Lurie

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