♦♦♦ I was pretty excited to win this book in a GoodReads contest, not just because I got a free book, but because I really was ready to read the second book. The first book, The Rosie Project, I totally adored. I couldn’t wait to read this one, but for some reason I just kept putting it off for other things. When it was delivered though, I dove right in. I’m not sure exactly what happened or why I just wasn’t thrilled with the sequel. It was still a good book, and there were some poignant moments, but it did’t have quite the same appeal. It seemed more contrived. I wonder if the it was because the first book was so refreshing and surprising in so many ways, and this one was nothing new? What I do love about these books are the characters.
♦♦♦♦ My friend Lisa recommended this one. It’s been in my wishlist for awhile, but with her encouragement, I downloaded and jumped right in. At first I thought, “eh, it’s interesting, but why all the rave reviews?” As I got further into the story, I realized that I really, really liked the characters. I was quietly engaged and invested in their stories.
That’s what makes me give it a four rating, rather than a three. It’s not action packed, but it’s lovely in an every-day-sort-of-real sense. Asberger’s Syndrome and Autism seem to be on the rise not only in our population, but, rightly so, in our literature. There are some eye-opening statistics about the Autism spectrum, like 1 in 42 boys are affected by some form of Autism and are 5 times as likely as girls to be affected. With these numbers, I’m happy to see books like this one, with characters depicted as real and lovable, quirks, differences and all, who fall into the category. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up! I always find nuggets of insight to hold onto that are so relevant in my life.
♥ ♥ ♥ This might deserve more stars based on merit, but, based on my entertainment, and the enjoyment I got from the book, I have to give it only 3, which really isn’t too shabby. It’s a very interesting and enlightening book. It’s written from the perspective of a 15 year-old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. It explains why he does things like lay down and scream in the middle of a store, or cover his ears, rocking, and moaning. He explains details, very, very minute details about things and situations that most people just can’t imagine. He explains that he sees “everything” and notices everything and thus, sensory overload can be painful and frightening. He also explains that he cannot lie. He cannot “imagine” things in his head that are not real, and that have not happened. He doesn’t understand faces, and how to read them so strangers are scary. I enjoyed seeing the world and experiencing things through his eyes. It was difficult, though. It definitely educated me. At times it broke my heart, and times it absolutely amazed me. I would say it’s worth a read. I won’t say you’ll understand, but you’ll gain some insight, certainly.