Book Review: The Kingdom of Childhood by Rebecca Coleman

Description from Back Cover:
The Kingdom of Childhood is the story of a boy and a woman: sixteen-year-old Zach Patterson, uprooted and struggling to reconcile his knowledge of his mother’s extramarital affair, and Judy McFarland, a kindergarten teacher watching her family unravel before her eyes. Thrown together to organize a fundraiser for their failing private school and bonded by loneliness, they begin an affair that at first thrills, then corrupts each of them. Judy sees in Zach the elements of a young man she loved as a child, but what Zach does not realize is that their relationship is—for Judy—only the latest in a lifetime of disturbing secrets.


My Opinion:
Amazing! This book is just that. It is truly hard to describe how I feel about this book. The book looks through the eyes of Judy and her past. She is a disturbed woman but we don’t learn that until much later in the book, so at first she reminds you of everyone’s mom. The problem is, she isn’t. This book is bizarre and you at first hate it, until you realize that you are loving how much you hate it. It’s sick and twisted and just plain wrong, yet you can’t stop reading it. You are so drawn in you need to know what is happening and why it is happening that you can’t put the book down. Judy is a sick person and is taking advantage of a child, which is disgusting, but the story is so thought provoking and enthralling that you must finish reading it. It is well written and Rebecca doesn’t let you down at all. You do end up feeling angry at Judy because she is so morally corrupt and what she does is inexcusable, but the book is amazing and a must read. I have to say that it is sick what happens in this book but the story is so compelling, you really will not want to miss reading it.

I give The Kingdom of Childhood by Rebecca Coleman 5 of 5 stars.

About the Author:
Rebecca Coleman received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland at College Park and speaks to writers’ groups on the subjects of creative writing and publishing. A native New Yorker, she now lives and works near Washington, D.C. Visit her at

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Disclaimer-I received a copy from NetGalley. I was not required to do a review. No compensation was received all opinions are my own.

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  1. SarahSparrow says:

    This books sounds interesting, if disturbing.

    Thanks for the review!