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Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
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Feb 09, 12

bookshelves: award-winners, dont-believe-the-hype
Read from December 20, 2011 to February 09, 2012

I read about half of this, abandoned it, and then came back to it when I found out it won the National Book Award (I try to read all of the NBA winners). I just didn't buy it. The portrayal of the autistic girl didn't ring true for me, even though the author has an autistic daughter. I know the autism spectrum varies widely (and wildly) and each case is different. Still, it didn't seem realistic to me. Also, the book tried to cram a lot of heavy issues into a short space (school shootings, autism, healing, coping with loss of a family member...) A book so heavy would need a lot more space for exploring those issues, IMO. Also, for a book about such deep subjects, I found it very unemotional. It was an okay, easy read, but if you want to read a book about someone with Asperger's, I'd recommend reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time instead.
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12/20/2011 page 110
49.0% "chapter 18"
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