A Boy Made of Blocks
Discover a unique, funny and moving debut that will make you laugh, cry and smile.
Meet thirtysomething dad, Alex
He loves his wife Jody, but has forgotten how to show it. He loves his son Sam, but doesn't understand him. Something has to change. And he needs to start with himself.
Meet eight-year-old Sam
Beautiful, surprising, autistic. To him the world is a puzzle he can't
This is not just a book about autism, and how to cope with it; it’s as much about accepting adult responsibilities, keeping love alive, and coping with everyday parenting.
This is especially tough for Alex, because a trauma in his past has left him vulnerable. Ultimately, it’s as much about Sam saving Alex ...more
What came afterwards is the slow, stumbling building of a relationship between father and son. Full of setbacks and wrong paths, both characters learn about each other as we le ...more
Beautifully written emotional story of a father trying to rebuild his life and reconnect with his autistic son and an estranged wife.
Alex is one of those characters that I learned to like as I kept on reading. When I started reading he comes across as being selfish and childish. As the story goes on I realised he's a more complex and interesting character than I thought. Having to deal not just with his son autism but also a past tra ...more
Permitam que vos apresente esta família:
Sam é o filho : um jovem autista daqueles que se escondem debaixo das mesas, que detesta contactos físicos, e em que até o olhar dos outros figura algures lá pelo rol dos itens mais incómodos.
Jody é a mãe : diligente e a tempo inteiro. Vinte e quatro horas pronta a assistir e socorrer o seu filhote, como seria expectável numa mãe a 100%.
Alex é o pai : por exclusão de partes coube-lhe o papel de ganha-pão. Para o efeito entregou-se a uma activ ...more
While I did like the book in places and felt the author did a good job getting across to the reader just how difficult life for an Austistic child can be and those who care for him, I didn't feel the book reached its full potential as the emotion or t ...more
For Sam, the eight year old son of Alex and Jody, the life and the trials of having an autistic son has weighed heavily on their marriage. Alex and Jody have separated and to add to this unfortunate situation, Alex has also lost his job. Alex withdrawn from Sam whil ...more
Alex's life is falling apart. His wife, Jody, has asked him to move out their home. The sticking point in their marriage is Alex's inability to connect with and parent their eight-year-old autistic son, Sam. He's struggling at his stressful job, and he's still carrying unresolved trauma from his childhood. So maybe it's not too surprising that he finds himself, in his 30s, bunking with a mate and sleeping on a lumpy air mat ...more
I'm a romance reader through and through and that is really all I've read for the last three years. However, when I read the synopsis for "A Boy made of Blocks," there was just something about Alex's story that said "Read me. You won't be disappointed" and I was right. This book was different but so brilliant. It was captivating, addictive, poignant and absolutely life affirming.
The author ha ...more
I started early evening and didn't put it down until the early hours as the daylight was coming through my window, the early start to another day.
This is compulsive reading.
Autism. I only know a little due to my husbands brothers child who is now an adult. He is very mild on the autism scale and holds down a job, drives and has a rounded life. However, his social skills are awkward and looking into people's eyes to make eye contact in conversation I can te ...more
'Ja!', wou ik roepen. 'Ja, zo is het helemaal.' Af en toe las ik mijn eigen gedachten op de pagina's. Freaky in a good way.
Het verhaal is warm, mooi, grappig en zeker goed geschreven. Maar die vijf sterren zijn vooral voor de verschillende snaren die bij meermaals en duidelijk geraakt werden.
Alex has been trying to do the best for his family by investing his time in his work and providing for the family. Sadly he has been neglecting his wife and son to a certain extent and Jody his wife has had enough.
Being a parent can be trying at the best of times but Sam being autistic, at times, makes their experience even more trying which is leaving them both exhausted. Jody has had enough and asks ...more
The author’s inspiration for writing this insightful and touching novel is drawn from his own life raising an autistic son. I felt the author’s personal connection as he drew me in. Although this is fiction, Stuart helped me to better understand motivators of an autistic child ...more
Alex is unhappy with his life. Stuck in a dead-end job and struggling to connect with his an autistic son he doesn't understand, he knows he has failed but he can't figurte out what to do about it. Everything comes to a head when he is made redundant from his job and his wife suggests a trial separation. At rock bottom Alex decides to make his son his number one priority and sets abo ...more
Aš tikriausiai esu skaičiusi visas lietuvių kalba išleistas knygas apie autizmą. Ir vos pasirodžius kokiai naujai - ją griebiu. Tai labai įdomi liga, labai įdomūs pacientai. Neįtikėtini jų gabumai ir pasaulio suvokimas, mane nežmoniškai domina. Tad pamačius jog knygynų lentynose jau puikuojasi naujas leidinys šia tema - važiavau, nusipirkau ir kone vienu prisėdimu perskaičiau.
"Kaladėlių berniukas" - knyga parašyta tėvo, kurio vaikui diagnozuotas autizmas. Keith ...more
Alex has left the marital home - he and his wife Jody haven't been getting along. A major part of the conflict is how this affects Sam, their young son, who is on the Autism spectrum.
Alex is also dealing with something from his past that is most definitely having an effect on how he communicates with Sam, so he needs to find himself and move on before he can even begin to heal his family relationships.
Through the game of Minecraft, Alex finds a way to co ...more
Alex and Jody soon discover after Sam's birth that something is not quite right. Sam's always crying, noises scare him and nothing seems to settle him.
Alex does not truly connect with Sam till the discover minecraft on the x-box. Being able to play with his son Alex sees how the game captivates his son.
You also find out Alex's family history. His brother George's tragi ...more
I cried several times, I laughed several times and I lived the story along with the characters every page. I loved it and I recommend it!
"Mari figuri, ăștia doi. Fermecători, frumoși, dar, Doa ...more
Em “O Rapaz dos Blocos” conhecemos Sam, um menino autista, a sua mãe Jodi e o seu pai Alex. No entanto, este livro é muito mais do que dar a conhecer um menino autista, é uma história sobre sentimentos e sobre como a forma como lidamos com eles se revela no próximo.
Com um início simples que não me agarrou de imediato (principalmente pelos diálogos entre personagens com várias asneiras que eu dispensaria), acabou por ser um livro de que gostei bastante e com o qual me envolvi muito ao pon ...more
Time doesn’t heal, it cauterises.”