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(Stim #2)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  28 reviews
The sequel to Aspie new adult contemporary novel set in an earthquake zone. Chloe is different. She has Asperger's Syndrome, Bipolar Disorder and probably a few other inconvenient conditions as well. She's a quirky, resourceful and clever psychology student, but her world is literally about to be shaken apart. A devastating earthquake sparks a chain of events tha ...more
Kindle Edition, 173 pages
Published January 3rd 2014 by Waspie Publishing
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Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Chloe has Asperger’s Syndrome and Bi Polar just to name a few that many doctor have diagnosed her with. She is quirky but likes to be organized or else it would throw her off the structured world she has made for herself. Chloe has her own routine and must follow it to function in the normal world. Her dad is hardly around but makes up for it by giving Chloe money. An earthquake happens and her house is destroyed along with her medi
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
This book is set in New Zealand and is based around the Christchurch Earthquake in February 2011.

This is Chloe's story. She has Asperger's syndrome. We read of her difficulties of dealing with change after the earthquake.

This is a really beautiful and wonderful story of a courageous woman. Highly recommend for anyone interested in reading about Asperger's syndrome as the author did a great job with this.
Carmilla Voiez
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kevin Berry is now my favourite indie NA author. I loved Stim (the prequel to this book) and I enjoyed this one even more. Chloe is an Aspie (on the Autism Spectrum) and she's also bipolar. This book looks at her experiences during the Christchurch NZ earthquakes of 2011. She's a flawed, but inspiring heroine. Because the book is told from her perspective it is painful to watch how deep she gets into a manic episode before anyone around her notices. By the time they do she's hit rock bottom. Whe ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I think the writing is good but this book just didn't pull me in like the first one. ...more
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, contemporary, ya-na
Kaleidoscope begins just before Chloe and Robert's new semester at school, as Chloe is returning from an unsatisfactory summer visit with her father. She's looking forward to getting back to her usual setting and routines...little does she realize as the novel starts out that life will soon be anything but routine--troubling for anyone, but particularly problematic for Chloe.

Chloe has Asperger’s Syndrome, Bipolar Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder (which she doub
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Sometimes you can tell from the beginning that a book is going to be awesome. Kaleidoscope by Kevin Berry was one of them, and it was primarily due to the strength of the author’s voice. Chloe leapt off the very first
Tahlia Newland
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you can tell from the beginning that a book is going to be awesome. This was one of them, and it was primarily due to the strength of the author's voice. Chloe leapt off the very first page like the vibrant and delightfully individual character that she is, and her unwavering honesty and cheerful acceptance of her various 'conditions' made her highly endearing.

This book follows on from STIM, but you don't need to have read it first. The central character in STIM is Robert, Chloe's boyf
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars

"The way I see things is like through a kaleidoscope – disjointed and broken, ever-changing, yet somehow beautiful in a structured way."

Kaleidoscope continues the story that began in Stim. While it is able to stand alone, I would highly recommend beginning with Stim, just so you can get to know Robert better. He doesn’t have much of a role in this story, and I found that I really missed his inner monologue.

Chloe was a favorite character from Stim, but it wasn’t until I started reading
Nicole M. Hewitt
This review and many others can be found on my blog - Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Book #2 in the Stim series gives us another fresh perspective on the Aspie world. In Kaleidoscope, we see Chloe's tumultuous response to the earthquakes that continue to plague her home. While I didn't love this book as much as I did the first in the series, I did enjoy it, and I think I might have enjoyed it even more if I hadn't read the two books back-to-back (read on for more details about why I think that ...)

Kirsty Bicknell
Genre: NA,review copy,just freaking awesome,favourites

Kevin Berry's first novel in this series, Stim, was one of my favourite reads of last year; it is a book which challenges society's stereotypes of people diagnosed with ASD in an honest and touching way.
Knowing Chloe and her difficulties from Stim I wondered how Kevin Berry would translate this in Kaleidoscope. Chloe's diagnoses are less straight-forward than Robert's 'Autism Spectrum Disorder' label (although this too encompasses so ma
Crystal Marie
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I recently read Stim, which is the story of Robert and found Kaleidoscope, the story of Chloe a much smoother and faster read. Her story focused on her Asperger’s and bi polar and how she dealt with the aftermath of a major earthquake. For her normal routine she must have things organized and structured in her own fashion or it will throw her off balance. When her house was destroyed and she found herself with only the clothes on her back, it sent her into a tail spin that was not easy to recov ...more
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2014
My stars: 4.5

You can read Kaleidoscope, perhaps unread Stim, but I recommend reading Stim much as it is one of those books that surprise you so much that your reading is so light, divine and you know Chloe from another perspective and in fact from the first book I loved his character.

Kaleidoscope by Kevin Berry is the perspective and story of Chloe, after what happened in the book of STIM, an earthquake that shook Christchurch, New Zealand, in September 2010.
This story is narrated by Chloe, a bi
Lynda Dickson
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 17+
Chloe is an Aspie like Robert, however, she suffers from a number of other conditions as well, most notably bipolar disorder. Chloe experiences the world "through a filter like a kaleidoscope; everything's there, but all jumbled up." She has difficulty making decisions, so she wears a set color for each day of the week and always orders the same take-out in order to avoid making decisions.

Chloe has been on medication for her bipolar disorder for seven and a half months, but she wants to quit and
Kristen Cansler
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-review, r2r
Devoured is not even the correct word for what I did to Stim (the first book in the series) and Kaleidoscope. I absolutely adored these books and characters. Diversity is such a diverse thing. That sounds redundant, but hear me out. Too often, we get caught up on race and sexual orientation as the source of our diversity. (At least, I know I do.) And we often forget that diversity encompasses so much more than that. As someone who faces down depression and anxiety every day, it's really refresh ...more
Paula  Phillips
Jul 18, 2014 rated it liked it
When I saw this book , there were several things I loved about 1) being the cover - as someone who has dyed my hair bright colours - I loved this and yes, I have been blue and black like Chloe on the cover , 2) the fact that the story is set in New Zealand and focuses on one of our later Natural Disasters - the Christchurch Earthquake in February 2011 ( the major one) and 3) the novel includes the main characters as having Aspergers's syndrome and various other disorders. Growing up, I have been ...more
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour

The story picks up a few months after the events in Stim ended. Both Robert and Chloe are still adjusting from the events of the earthquake that changed their daily life on a flip of a dime.

The events that Chloe endures within this story are barely manageable for even a person who isn't autistic. She pulls through like a champion. But like all champions, she has some low points. Although we do have to remember what is a low for someone whose autistic, can be kind of extreme.

The flow of this
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Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a great follow up to stim. Stim had the humour and fun but still serious. This book took a different direction. It was still fun but had more of a serious tone. Here we are taken into the mind of Chloe with Robert playing the supporting cast and we get to see what happens when one gets into a stressful situation and is off her medication. She goes manic and her actions have some serious consequences. One being Robert.

Robert is supportive to a point. That point is her betrayal. He didn’t
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Kaleidoscope picks up shortly following the events of Stim, though there’s nothing you’ll be missing other than a really good book if you read this as a stand-alone or out of order.

“Bipolar Disorder is awesome. I hate it.”

Chloe has Asperger's Syndrome, Bipolar Disorder and probably a few other ‘rome’s and disorders in addition to a numerical dyslexia. She also doesn’t tolerate change well, like many on the spectrum, and unfortunatel
Lee Murray
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After reading Kevin Berry’s Stim, I couldn’t wait for the second book in his insightful and entertaining Aspie series, and his second title Kaleidoscope doesn’t disappoint. Set in the chaos and uncertainty of post-quake Christchurch, Kaleidoscope is a secret look into the diary of Robert’s girlfriend and flatmate, 20-year old psychology student Chloe Wilson. Chloe is so likeable: zany—crazy even—with her splash of blue hair, talent for music and a penchant for witty neologisms. But having Asperg ...more
Angela Oliver
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
The enjoyable follow-up to Stim, Berry's first Aspie romance novel, and this one certainly proves a worthy sequel. This time we see into the head of Chloe - fellow Aspie, but also possessing of a whole plethora of other diagnoses. Coupled together with the most devastating earthquake the city has ever seen, and a forced break from her medication, madcap craziness must ensure. Chloe's narrative is not dissimilar to Robert's, with her frank honesty and candid narration. This tale will certainly he ...more
Jessica Figueroa
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
"I didn't like change, but it is much easier to get use to when it is drawn out slowly like some kind of organized chaos, instead of happening all at once, unpredictable and confronting."

Chloe has aspergers, bipolar as well as many other things. After a earthquake caused her home to crash down, Chloe found it hard to find the control that helped her remain calm. Now she lost the pills to the damage and is on a high that can cause her life to go from bad to worse.
"The way I see things is like tho
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was excited to pick up Kaleidoscope by Kevin Berry after reading Stim, the first in the series, which I thoroughly enjoyed. In fact, I made myself slow down when reading Kaleidoscope because I knew there aren’t any other books in the series yet. I do hope there will be more soon!

Both Chloe and her boyfriend Robert are college students living with Aspergers – they are Aspies. Not only do they have college and a relationship to balance while dealing with being Aspies, but a series of life-threat
Dixiane Hallaj
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the perfect sequel to Kevin Berry’s Stim. Chloe has Asperger’s Syndrome, Bipolar Disorder, and other vague disorders that different doctors have added to her record at various times. She gets along in her own quirky way until a major earthquake hits Christchurch. The home Chloe shares with her Aspie boyfriend, Robert, and her cousin Stef is structurally unstable and they cannot get back into it. Chloe’s entire world turns topsy-turvy. She is so unnerved and overcome by the disaster and t ...more
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved the first book, Stim, so I couldn't wait to read Kaleidoscope. It follows on from Stim and while it can be read as a standalone, reading Stim will give you the background of Chloe's relationship with Robert. It is set after the Christchurch earthquake and focuses on Chloe, a psychology student with blue streaked hair. Chloe has Asperger's Syndrome and is Bipolar. Chloe craves order, she has a set of clothes that she wears for each day of the week, and so the aftermath of the earthquake t ...more
Debra Hartmann
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this one in record time because I'd just finished Stim and had to know what happened next. I was impressed by the writer's skill and fearlessness. Skill because he wrote 1st person for Robert in Stim, then for Chloe in this one, a female character, and nailed BOTH and they had very separate/different identities. Fearlessness because he broke some rules of writing to truly show the character's personality and behaviors, like repeating things and run-on sentences just because she would have ...more
Jul 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult
I love the believability of a young woman who is dealing with all that life of a young student offers (guy problems, family issues, and a couple of run-ins with the cops) all while living with ASD and bipolar disorder.

Not quite as distinct as Stim, but still an insightful and funny read from one of the best NA authors out there.
Trish Izzo
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, 5-star
Excellent story!

This story drew me in so much that I finished it in one day. I loved the main character especially. As an autistic woman myself, I highly recommend this book.
Christine Ditzel
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I've always written stories. I started out as a kid creating monster stories with a $5 typewriter from the early 1900's. Now I write novels: speculative fiction (SpecFic), crime fiction, or contemporary fiction according to whatever ideas occur to me. I live in Christchurch, New Zealand, about as far away from anywhere as it is possible to be. Earthquakes devastated the city in 2010 and 2011. They ...more

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