The Right Kind of Fool by Sarah Loudin Thomas
Published: November 3, 2020
Length: 384 pages
About the book:
Thirteen-year-old Loyal Raines is supposed to stay close to home on a hot summer day in 1934. When he slips away for a quick swim in the river and finds a dead body, he wishes he’d obeyed his mother. The ripples caused by his discovery will impact the town of Beverly, West Virginia, in ways no one could have imagined.
The first person those ripples disturb is Loyal’s absentee father. When Creed Raines realized his infant son was deaf, he headed for the hills, returning only to help meet his family’s basic needs. But when Loyal, now a young teen, stumbles upon a murder it’s his father he runs to tell–shaping the words with his hands. As Creed is pulled into the investigation he discovers that what sets his son apart isn’t his inability to hear but rather his courage. Longing to reclaim the life he abandoned, Creed will have to do more than help solve a murder if he wants to win his family’s hearts again.
This book is so original and so unique! Loyal is such an extraordinary character. He doesn’t let the fact that he’s deaf hold him back and keep him from trying to fit in. I loved the message of overcoming and the message of second chances for Creed and Delphy. I enjoyed reading this story through each of their perspectives. All of them were so likable in their own ways. I enjoyed this book so much that I read the whole thing in one afternoon!