Publisher: Inlandia Institute
Publication date: April 1, 2022
The writing is consistently vivid and affecting throughout, replicating the wide-eyed but perceptive point of view of a child who’s desperately attuned to her mother’s moods. The author’s use of unconventional formatting is particularly engaging: For several chapters, Chaney recounts her memories as though speaking to her mother, rendering the text as standard columns, interrupted by occasional italicized asides of dialogue; then, two-thirds of the way through, the perspective switches to her parent, whose responses are rendered as slanted lines that effectively mimic the instability of her emotional state.
—Kirkus Indie Review, on Ladybug