I knew I would love this book before I even glanced at the first page because of a few reasons. Let's make a list, shall we?
1.) My son was diagnosedI knew I would love this book before I even glanced at the first page because of a few reasons. Let's make a list, shall we?
1.) My son was diagnosed with autism almost 6 years ago. I've always wanted to be able to get inside his head and find out what he was actually thinking and seeing.
2.) My son also jumps. A lot.
3.) Written by a 13-year-old boy from Japan, this book was translated by David Mitchell. Anyone who has had any form of contact with me knows they will hear how Mitchell is my all-time favorite [living] author and that the man can do no wrong.
4.) The cover is really cool.
This was a quick but very touching read. (I got choked up just reading the introduction.) Using an alphabet grid and pointing to different letters, Higashida was able to communicate replies to a series of common questions about people with autism. Not only was it really informative, but Higashida had written a few short stories that were placed throughout the book. Reading those totally debunked the crazy theory that people with autism don't understand emotions or can't feel any empathy.
I'm so glad I got to read this. I couldn't put it down and finished it in one sitting. I love being able to gain any amount of understanding about autism, and this book definitely provided that.
Things in this book that I really do like and/or apply to me:
-Coffee -Farmer's Markets -Wes Anderson Movies -Wine -Not Having TV -Brunch -Indie Music -Sushi -Things in this book that I really do like and/or apply to me:
-Coffee -Farmer's Markets -Wes Anderson Movies -Wine -Not Having TV -Brunch -Indie Music -Sushi -Public Radio -Dogs -Kitchen Gadgets (yes, including my ♥ Kitchen-Aid Mixer ♥) -Documentaries -T-Shirts -Scarves -San Francisco -Plaid -Reusable Shopping Bags -Not Having Cash -Books -Cheese
Side note: In the 'Vintage' chapter, the author states that when white people get older (like over 30) and lose opportunities to wear vintage clothing such as a "Pittsburgh Special Olympics '76" T-shirt, they focus more on vintage furniture and decorations. Not necessarily true. If I had a shirt that said the above quote, I would still wear it ALL THE TIME. ...more
I read this in one day. I couldn't stop. It's the kind of book that's perfect to read when it's cold outside. It makes you want to build a fire in theI read this in one day. I couldn't stop. It's the kind of book that's perfect to read when it's cold outside. It makes you want to build a fire in the fireplace, make a huge old-fashioned dinner, and curl up with a warm blanket. (I did.)
Jack & Mabel's story is one of the sweetest, most romantic, yet real-seeming relationships I've ever read about. I lost count at how many times this book made me tear up. ...more
So, while looking through my [uncompleted] reading challenge from last year, and seeing a few I had totally forgot I even read, I made a New Year's reSo, while looking through my [uncompleted] reading challenge from last year, and seeing a few I had totally forgot I even read, I made a New Year's resolution to start reviewing every book I read again, just to aid my wilting memory. Although, I already blew it since I didn't review Dracula, but really, the only thing more boring than the last half of Dracula is a review about how boring the last half of Dracula is.
Anyway, this one was great. Told through letters, emails, notes, and transcripts of a TED presentation, the story circles around Bee Branch trying to find her mother, Bernadette Fox, who has suddenly disappeared. Kind of gimmicky, (is this still an issue?) but very entertaining. It kind of had the same feel as The Instructions or Skippy Dies with the whole extremely-smart-kid/private school setting, only through a girl's perspective. Yay!
That's another thing. This book hilariously addressed the issue of Other Parents. And not just regular Other Parents; Private School Other Parents. You know, those people who are a million times worse than any soccer mom you've ever encountered. The kind of people who make you feel like you're a failure at every opportunity because you're divorced, or you weren't present at the 18th fundraiser the school had that month, or you didn't make enough brownies, or you were never at one time throughout the year a Classroom Mommy. People that make you hide in a corner with a book at the beginning of any school function, praying you don't have to talk to anybody. Yeah.
If none of that does it for you, there's also tidbits of info on Antarctica throughout the book. Who wouldn't love that??