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4.30  ·  Rating details ·  12,282 ratings  ·  1,018 reviews
Sam, un ragazzino di otto anni, è sempre stato diverso: bellissimo, sorprendente e autistico. Per amore suo e della sua famiglia, il papà Alex ha sempre cercato un modo per intendersi con Sam, ma lo sforzo, quotidiano e sfibrante, porta a una crisi matrimoniale che sembra irreversibile. Alex decide di allontanarsi dalla moglie e va ad abitare a casa di Dan, il suo migliore ...more
Hardcover, Narratori Corbaccio, 416 pages
Published September 29th 2016 by Corbaccio (first published September 1st 2016)
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This is a lovely heartwarming read about a father who has struggled to connect with his high end autistic spectrum young son, Sam. Sam is a difficult and socially awkward child who has been cared for primarily by Jody, his mother. She is exhausted and at her wit's ends and hopes that a trial separation will bring Alex to his senses and get him more involved with Sam. Alex is aware of his inadequacies but at a loss how to address them plus he is working in a dead end job. He ends up living with h ...more
Dana Ilie
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a well written and constructed book that keeps you reading; you’ll feel empathy with the characters, and may well shed a tear or two, but there are some fairly predictable plot twists.

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
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Right from the first chapter, I absolutely despised Alex: the very useless father of young Sam. I read his selfish, childish avoidance of his life with muttered epithets and wondered how the hell his wife, Jody, had lasted so long with this man child. I was seriously annoyed. And without realising it, completely invested.

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
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Life is an adventure, not a walk. That's why it's difficult."
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
Maria Espadinha
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Porta Mágica

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
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This is the sort of book that pulls at your heart strings and certainly makes you realize the challenges that Autism brings to a family and the struggle it is to get the appropriate help and educational needs their child requires and is entitled to.

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
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It is extremely difficult to be a parent of a child with autism. The looks, the behavior, the lack of closeness is a trial for the parent as well as the child who just does not seem to fit into the world in which he/she was born into.

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

3.5 stars

When Alex and Jody were newlyweds a decade or so ago they had bright plans for their future. Well-educated and deeply in love, the couple expected to have fulfilling jobs and fun-filled leisure activities. The birth of the couple's now eight-year-old son Sam - a high-functioning autistic child - changed their priorities and their lives.

Young Sam has trouble relating to the outside world, is only comfortable in sedate surroundings with no noise or commotion, and - when frustrated - acts
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"Life is an adventure, not a walk. That's why it's difficult."

3.5 stars

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
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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.
I'm so
Jennifer Blankfein
I loved this book so much. The straight forward writing makes for easy reading as Alex tells us his heartfelt story. Alex’s eight year old son, Sam, diagnosed with autism, has some difficult behaviors that create stress in the house so Alex spends most of his time at the office, hence his marriage is on the rocks. After moving out of his home and leaving his wife and son alone, he moves in with an old friend and the reality that he needs to make big changes sinks in. His marriage, his connection ...more
Once I picked this book up, that was it.
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
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a journey. A journey for a Father and son to connect with one another. The story is based on Alex and his son, Sam. Sam has autism, and a distance has inevitably grown between them. Alex is at a loss of how to bond with him. I admit here, I almost immediately despised Alex due to his lack of attempts to make peace with Sam, spend time with him, and to be honest, I found him to be rather pathetic! Needless to say that my opinion of him changed further through the book.
The author ha
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vijf sterren. Ik heb meermaals als een gek zitten knikken tegen de pagina's.
'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.
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A Boy Made of Blocks is a fiction story based on real life experiences with the authors own son.

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
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex and Jody have recently separated due to their struggles in raising 7-year old autistic son, Sam. It will take a lot of hard work, soul searching and letting go of some old baggage to bring their family back together.

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
Joanna Park
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Emotional, honest and utterly compelling this is truly an inspirational story that a lot of people can relate to.

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
Renita D'Silva
Beautiful, poignant and emotional.
Joanne Freitas
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um livro extremamente poderoso que relata a vida de como é viver com um filho autista e como é necessário adaptar um novo modo de viver que tem de se centrar no filho. Muitos sentimentos, muitas dúvidas, muitas abdicações, muitos sofrimentos, muitas alegrias. Este livro fala disso tudo.

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
This is a story about a man and his son.

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
Louise Wilson
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sam has autism and since his birth his Father has not been able to connect with him. This leads to the breakdown of his marriage.

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
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Antes mesmo de começar a ler este livro, já sabia que iria ficar no meu coração! É um livro maravilhoso que fala do autismo de uma firma real e franca! Claro que este livro fez-me reviver um aluno que eu tive com autismo e que foi uma situação muito difícil de gerir num ano inteiro! No fim do livro como sempre veio uma lágrima no canto do olho e lembreu-me tanto do meu Duarte que era um desafio constante na minha vida! Nessa altura eu ainda não tinha realizado a minha pós graduação em educação e ...more
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uit! Twijfelde nog wel een beetje tussen 3 en 4 sterren, maar waarom ik uiteindelijk toch voor de 4 ben gegaan lees je binnenkort op The Dutch Reading Society!
Joanne Robertson
I picked up a copy of this book as it was recommended for fans of The Rosie Project which I really enjoyed. But then it sat on my TBR pile as I wasn’t sure I would be grabbed by the storyline when I read the blurb. But you know that thing where you kick yourself because you’ve had a BRILLIANT books sat right next to you for weeks and you hadn’t realised how much you would love it and that it would take over your life? Yep, that!!! As soon as I started reading I knew that this book was going to b ...more
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truly a brilliant story, so very different from what has ever been written before. Keith Stuart is a very gifted writer. The author Keith Stuart was inspired by his own experiences with his son to write this book. The true story behind A Boy Made of Blocks is that when Keith's son Zac reached the age of two, his wife read that most children have a vocabulary of around fifty words. Zac could only say ten. Once Keith Stuart's son was seven he was officially diagnosed as being on the autism scale. ...more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an authentic, heartwarming story and it should be a must-read for the parents with autistic children. I understood each character's point of view, even the father's (many felt revolted by his actions). Not everyone is made to deal with such issues in life. Some struggle and make it, some never do.
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
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex no está pasando por su mejor etapa, su mujer Jody acaba de pedirle una separación de prueba porque llevan un tiempo que discuten por cualquier cosa; tampoco logra conectar con su hijo Sam, al que considera prácticamente un problema por lo difícil que es tratar con él y entenderle, ya que está dentro del espectro del autismo; la relación con el resto de su familia no es la mejor por un hecho del pasado que les marcó a todos y trabaja en un lugar que en principio era de paso, porque no es lo ...more
Maria João (A Biblioteca da João)
8 de 10*

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
Egor Mikhaylov
Расхваленный дебют британского журналиста Кита Стюарта о том, как сложно растить сына-аутиста, если ты — тридцатилетний британец, строящий свою жизнь по лекалам персонажей Ника Хорнби. Увы, драйва Хорнби здесь как раз и не хватает. Стюарт строит книгу с той же осторожной скрупулёзностью, с которой его герой строит лондонский Тауэр в «Майнкрафте»: точно по лекалам, камешек к камешку, сюжетный поворот к сюжетному повороту, ни на секунду не позволяя непредсказуемости прорваться в мир романа. Формал ...more
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“Grief never really goes away. Time doesn’t heal. Not fully. After a while - a few months, a few years maybe – grief retreats into the darkest corners of your mind, but it will lurk there indefinitely. It will leak into everything else you do or feel; it will lurch forward when you don’t expect it. It will haunt you when you sleep.

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