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Saving Max by Antoinette van Heugten
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Nov 04, 10

bookshelves: families, medical-issues, women
Read from October 26 to November 02, 2010

Meanwhile, "Saving Max" is a good read, similar to a Picoult, but not as predictable.

"Saving Max" by Antoinette van Heugten begins with Max, an autistic young adult, who is coping with his increasing bouts of temper and violence. As with any family with an autistic child, his mother's life is focused on the well-being of her child. Nevertheless, somehow, some way, Danielle is also a high-powered attorney.

The plot moves quickly to a psychiatric facility where the doctors, the nurses, the aides, and other staff members seem a little odd and worrisome. We wonder, as does Danielle, is Max is good hands? We have been set up to wonder with this first chapter when his mother finds him on the floor of a bloody room with a dead body. . . did Max commit this murder?

Danielle is determined to fight for her son's rights. She makes a number of spurious, suspicious moves to try to prove his innocence. The courtroom drama is taut and well-scripted though the willing suspension of disbelief is a requirement to enjoy this novel.

Although the author is the parent of two autistic children, the treatment and frustrations and joys of autistic parenting are not very clear here.

It's a good book, quick read, and as the back jacket says "action-packed."
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