Rain Reign is the overly sentimental, melodramatic middle-grade fiction that some adults might find unrealistic and cliche, but I found it to be touching and a great relaxing read. Rain Reign is a story told by a girl with high functioning autism in her own words. She loves homonyms and uses them throughout the entire story. The main focus of the book is Rose’s relationship with her dog Rain and her strained relationship with her father. Her father doesn’t really have the patience to deal with Rose and has his own demons that he is dealing with. When Rain goes missing after a hurricane, Rose’s frantic search for Rain ends up changing everyone’s life.
This is very much a younger middle-grade fiction book as it is written extremely simple. I would have loved this book around the age of 11 or so. That isn’t to say that an older teenager wouldn’t love it because as a middle aged man, I really liked it. I thought Rose’s Asperger’s syndrome was depicted decently but I also don’t have much experience dealing with children with Asperger’s. I’m a sucker for a story about a dog and I just really enjoyed this read.