Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “If I Could Tell You: A Novel” as Want to Read:
If I Could Tell You: A Novel
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Read eBook

If I Could Tell You: A Novel

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Anne. Talia. Ruthie. Brett. Four very different New York women. But when their children are diagnosed with autism, they all find themselves struggling with the same problem. Suddenly, these women – an ex-model who owns a downtown bar, a high-powered magazine editor, an English professor, and a physical therapist – find that they need each other, as they face the ultimate c ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Vantage Point (first published March 1st 2012)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about If I Could Tell You, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about If I Could Tell You

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.69  · 
Rating details
 ·  78 ratings  ·  17 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of If I Could Tell You: A Novel
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Incredible! Makes me re-think so many things that have and are going on in my life, and how ignorant I am when it comes to the realities about "most things" autism.

This is a compelling and WOW! read for anyone!

I knew the author, Hannah Brown, from H.S. and we re-connected recently. What a courageous, tenacious, loving, empathic, "exhausted yet never leaving one more stone unturned to help her child" mother, activist, and advocate for all she has become...

Knowing Hannah even just a bit, made re
Arthur Wiggins
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Hannah Brown is a fabulous story-teller. It takes great talent to weave four stands of people’s lives into a coherent whole, while maintaining each character’s distinctive voice, but that is exactly what she does.

While the story line itself entertains, even including the modern requisites of sex and violence, there’s way more going on here than in a typical novel. Brown presents the mystery and reality of autism, which binds together the characters in this story. By the book’s end, the reader wi
Kate Hewitt
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was a quick read but also thought-provoking concerning issues around autism, its causes and treatments and also how parents cope with the diagnosis. If that all sounds a bit too much like a self-help book for you, this is very much a novel. I enjoyed it tremendously, and I have a relative with autism so I appreciated the insight.
Mar 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was actually honored to read the manuscript before this book was published, as it was written by a good friend of mine. I look forward to having a copy of this book someday, and to read it again.
Kathie Giorgio
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Well...let's talk about the writing. The writing itself wasn't too bad. There were an awful lot of characters to keep track of, and for the first third of the book, I was having to flip back to the beginning section for each individual character to make sure I remembered who they were correctly. After that first third, I was able to keep the women apart, but the men remained confusing to me until the end. I also felt that a lot of the "big drama" moments were predictable. They were presented as ...more
Howard Kaplan
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous book of courage and hope about a difficult subject.
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book only covers about a year in the lives of the families, so we don't see much improvement of the children. In some ways I felt like this book was much more about the family caregivers. There was discussion of several different books and treatments. The dialogue seemed a bit stilted, but it mostly worked. Each family chose a different treatment, except two. The therapist working with those two families was working with each of them differently.

But as I said, I think this book is about the
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"If I Could Tell You" is the story of one year in the lives of four women living in New York City, who are brought together in a support group for parents who have children with autism. The novel weaves together the stories of each woman's life with a lot of information about autism, different types of treatment, and what it is like to raise a child with autism. The reader is drawn into the marriages, friendships, and daily struggles of the four women who are all trying to do the best they can t ...more
Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Had a hard time reading this, was a bit slow to start. As a mom with a child on the spectrum I did find myself getting emotional about the story line at times. However, there were several scenes throughout that I felt weren't as relatable, especially how insecure all of the women seemed when it came to their children's therapies. We all struggle with insecurities in life, especially as parents and doubly with special needs children but my first instinct as a mom is to protect my kid. The parts w ...more
Abdullah H.
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
As a reader of non-fiction/how to books, this was the first novel
I have read in over a year.
Honestly, I could not put it down.
I was very impressed by Hannah Brown.
It created more awareness for me on the subject matter.
At times, I was disturbed. I smiled, laughed, wept and was even perplexed.
And it did what a novel is supposed to do: entertain.
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a bit better than 3 stars but not 4. This novel about a support group for parents with autistic kids is a novel that feels a lot like a non-fiction book. With this confused identity it didn't quite succeed as either, but it does offer insight into the challenging life of living with an autistic child. ...more
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autism
Although the drama between the characters is fictional, the struggles the families endured were real. As an educator of students with autism, I thought the techniques the families used to help educate their children with autism were true to life. I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to others!
Barb Mcannany
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just participated in a book club interview with the author. She is articulate and passionate about the subject of autism. The book captured my attention right from the start. The characters are genuine, funny and likeable despite or maybe because of their flaws. Loved it.
John Harney
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
A friend writes a novel. With some trepidation, you begin reading it and discover . . that it's a very good book. ...more
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book for all parents. A great story about different mothers with special need children. Heart breaking at times and laugh out loud other times. I loved it.
Linda Trexler
Jun 29, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book and learned a lot. Hats off to all parents who deal with children with special needs. You are very special.
rated it liked it
Mar 29, 2015
Marni G
rated it did not like it
Jul 09, 2015
Erika Greff
rated it it was ok
Jan 07, 2013
rated it it was ok
Apr 08, 2014
Stella Rose
rated it really liked it
Jun 25, 2020
rated it liked it
Jul 03, 2015
rated it really liked it
Aug 31, 2013
rated it really liked it
Aug 28, 2012
Connie Vogelgesang
Jun 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: gave-up
nothing new. nothing helpful or enlightening for me
rated it really liked it
Nov 09, 2012
rated it really liked it
Sep 28, 2014
rated it liked it
Aug 07, 2013
rated it really liked it
Feb 27, 2020
rated it it was amazing
Oct 11, 2018
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Evvie Drake Starts Over
  • Versions of Her
  • Driving in Cars with Homeless Men: Stories
  • If Only I Could Tell You
  • Everything, Then and Since
  • The Confession Club (Mason, #3)
  • Blood Orange
  • The Secrets of Primrose Square
  • Nora Webster
  • Keep Your Eyes On Me
  • The Women of Primrose Square
  • Tatty
  • The Transfer
  • The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies, #3)
  • The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies, #2)
  • Body for Rent: The terrifying true story of two ordinary girls sold for sex against their will
  • Some Assembly Required
  • The Fall of Five (Lorien Legacies, #4)
See similar books…

News & Interviews

Believe it or not, we're halfway through 2021! As is our tradition, this is the time when the Goodreads editorial team burrows into our data to...
108 likes · 80 comments