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Kids Like Us

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  580 ratings  ·  150 reviews
Martin is an American teen on the autism spectrum living in France with his mom and sister for the summer. He falls for a French girl who he thinks is a real-life incarnation of a character in his favorite book. Over time Martin comes to realize she is a real person and not a character in a novel while at the same time learning that love is not out of his reach just becaus ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 14th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
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C.G. Drews
WELL I LIKED THIS ONE. It had such an epic combination of things to love: it's set in France, there is so much food, there's a boy who's obsessed with a book (#relatable) and it features autism with an actually good and accurate representation of it! I did get a bit confused at times, like especially with the ASD (autism spectrum disorder) discussions...sometimes I honestly don't know if I was for or against? Like heckin' heck, peoples, pls speak clearly. But I think this is a really lovely book ...more
2.25 Stars

I received a copy of this book from my friend, Ashley, who loved this. Naturally, I was quite exited to read it after listening to her talk about it, so I dove in that same day! I was ready to experience just how "wonderful" this novel was. Truthfully, I was quite exited.

That feeling didn't last long.

Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent to me that this sort of writing style wasn't really my "taste." Everything moved slowly and tiresomely, and I never felt a connection to any of t
Elle (ellexamines)
God. Okay. I am so tired of requesting contemporary books and being so bored by them that I DNF.
New Year's Resolution: don't request contemporary books unless I'm literally desperate to read them immediately

The thing about Kids Like Us is that none of the events seem to draw a bigger picture. Its arc is obvious. Or maybe, to put it simply: this book is a bit boring.

Let’s explore this. The problem with this book is that there are a lot of events and sideplots and about 75% have nothing to do
Text Publishing
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘You’ll smile, you’ll gasp, you’ll root for main character Martin throughout…An exquisitely insightful, charming tale.’
LoveReading UK

‘Martin is one of the most relatable characters I have ever read…Unique and refreshing.’
Autistic & Unapologetic

‘A heartwarming read. The characterisation is strong and the setting idyllic…This book not only transports you emotionally but geographically as well.’
Reading Time

‘Whether tender and familiar or brilliant and disorienting, Kids Like Us weaves together a t
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I quite liked Kids Like Us. I was interested at first because I’m on the autism spectrum too, and I could really connect with Martin in a lot of ways. For example, I, too, am obsessed with an old French novel and for quite a while I saw my life through the lens of that novel. (The novel in question is Les Miserables, and I genuinely believe that I lifted a significant amount of my personality from Les Amis de l’ABC, especially Grantaire.) There are other books, too. I could identify with the obs ...more
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Normally I do not read young adult novels, but due to the subject matter, I felt inclined to do so having two Autistic Nephews and one Autistic Niece. Martin is a teen who is on the Autism Spectrum, and he associates people he meets with his favorite book, In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust. He moves to France with his mother and sister. His mother is working on a movie project and his sister, Elisabeth helps with Martin. Martin’s father is not around, but each time Martin cooks, the memori ...more
Alice (Married To Books)
DNF @ 8%

I would like to thank the publishers for the free digital copy via NetGalley for read and review! I've marked this as currently reading for a few months now, but sadly, the digital copy I received for my Kindle e-reader was badly formatted. I hadn't experienced this before so decided to put the book on hold for a while. When I came back to it today, I simply decided that the writing style in the end wasn't for me and chose to DNF the book.
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copies
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. A big thank you to Hilary Reyl and Text Publishing!

There is something truly raw and genuine-feeling about this book, that I don't feel like I come across often in YA contemporary. 

"I'm finding out that there are a lot of us who hate that the world is trying to cure us. I think the point is that we don't need to be cured" 

Kids Like Us is a very character driven story. The storyline is fairly slow moving, but in a way
Samantha (WLABB)
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review originally appeared on We Live and Breathe Books

•Pro: The author takes us to France, delights our senses with delicious food, and even interacts with locals.

•Pro: Martin just touched my heart. He was so genuine, and being in his head was pretty interesting.

•Pro: I learned so many things about neurodiversity that I did not know. It wasn't done in an info dump way, it was told through Martin's self reflections.

•Pro: Martin's sister, Elisabeth was pretty special, and so was their sib
Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017yafiction
I will be pretty surprised if this doesn't end up being a popular YA fiction title.

This story is primarily about Martin, a fairly high functioning 16 year old boy with autism. Initially, the story feels a little stilted spoken inside Martin's head, but, gains more fluidity as you continue through the story. The teens are smart and cultured, a bit like John Green's teens.

Martin has a bit of an obsession going on with Proust and thus there are tons of references to Proust. Thankfully though, Mar
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Actual rating is 3.5 🌟
Let me start by saying that as a person who deals with mental illness the decision to read this book was inevitable.
This book was a slow enjoyable read ,
but it wasn't really for me , TBh i care about the characters more than anything else and frankly none of them was memorable maybe because the writer didn't give them any importance.
i really liked how the writer focused more on Martin's mental illness .
I loved how Martin kept referring to the book that helped him.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Good story, just not for me. It was interesting to read a book narrated by an Autism spectrum boy. I guess I expected a...lighter, teen romance? Hmph, mistaken, but I am sure teens will get into the story in varying degrees. The Paris setting and a actress mom were interesting. And I guess Martin confusing a character in a 100 year old book with a contemporary girl in his class at school was kind of tragicomic.
I received an Advance Kindle copy from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.
Lorryn Woodward
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Mrs Waring
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a refreshing take on a coming-of-age story, told from the perspective of a 16 year old boy, Martin, who is on the autism spectrum. It is about family, friendship, relationships and change. Martin is piercingly observant and deeply analytical, and through his eyes, the author explores some of the many nuances of human interaction and emotion. I really enjoyed reading it.
Vivi Chatzikiriakou
"How it feels like seeing the life through the eyes of an autistic sixteen years old boy? Quite an epiphany! Kids Like Us is an eye opening journey into the unknown world of autism and how its diversity collides with our well-known world. "

"I received a complimentary copy of this book and have volunteered to leave a review."

First of all I want to be honest with you. I have never been into books which captures social issues. However, this year I promised to give it a try. Hilary Reyl's book
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Maybe the actual place will unlock you'' Kids Like Us by Hilary Reyl is told from the perspective of an autistic boy called Martin. He is spending the summer in France with his mum, a film maker and sister Elizabeth.
He carries a copy of Proust's In Search of Lost Time with him everywhere and uses this as his key to unlocking the world around him- by comparing and measuring everyone against these characters, he can make sense of the world.

I found this to be a truly insightful look at how a youn
Steve Tetreault
What it’s about: Martin sees life through the lens of French writer Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time. He finds connections between the main characters of Proust's work and the people in his life. He relates the events of the book to the events of his life. This helps Martin make sense of his life. Martin is on the autism spectrum. He sees the world differently than many people.

Martin's mother is a film director. She takes Martin and his sister to France when Martin is sixteen. Martin's mo
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful coming of age story about a 16 year old boy with autism. He is the book's narrator, and the writing is wonderful. Though fiction, it is still a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a person who has autism. It explores areas of his autism, but also areas of life we all face - school, friends, family, romance. I highly recommend it to teens and adults alike.

I received an ARC from NetGalley. This book will be released on November 14, 2017.
Ashley Zizich
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an arc of this book at the ALA conference I went to over the summer. Listening to the publishers of this book speak about it made me want to snatch up a copy right away. Its a tricky slope sometimes with YA books being either so far-fetched or super cheesy, so I hope this one is as good as it sounds!
Alison (The Lowrey Library)
Thoroughly charming.
I've read quite a few books featuring characters on the autism spectrum, and this might be one of the few/only ones that made a case for allowing the individual to be him/herself. Martin is a teen on the spectrum. Back home in the United States, he lives a privileged life and attends special classes, hanging out with others who are like him. He's especially connected to Layla, a talented musician friend who has drawn moths on his tennis shoes. Accompanying his older sister Elizabeth and his dire ...more
Katya Kazbek
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are many things in this book that are my pet peeves. I don't like American books about France, I don't like YA, I don't like the protagonist obsessing with some book from classical literature. I decided to take a gamble on the book because the description was pretty tight and because I love FSG adult books. But most importantly, I could feel that this was a book about otherness and belonging, the two themes that I feel are central to living empathically in our world.
I am so glad I have rea
K.A. Wiggins
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Brilliantly told story of an American boy with high-functioning autism filtering his first love through the lens of a classic French novel.

Disclaimers: this book was provided through NetGalley, I'm choosing to leave an unbiased review, and also I know relatively little about autism.

Moving on. I'm not really qualified to comment as to how accurate a depiction this was of a person with autism, but it provided a fascinating perspective on the MC, Martin's life. He goes to a school for kids with neu
Ana Romero
“Kids Like Us” by Hilary Reyl is a book about Martin, an American teenager who is on the autism spectrum. Martin lives in the French countryside with both his mother and sister for the summer. This story is one of romance. As heart-wrenching and dramatic as romance can be, this one tells of a heartwarming story between Martin and Gilberte- Alice. The story is told from Martin’s perspective, in the first-person point of view. In the beginning, Martin suspects that Gilberte- Alice is not a real pe ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars.

From the first sentence, Yesterday, you, Mom, and Elisabeth landed in Paris, France, of Kids Like Us by Hilary Reyl, you are thrust into the mind of Martin, an autistic sixteen-year-old spending his summer in the French countryside. He misses his friends in Los Angeles and his father, and finds it impossible to fit into this world of general-ed schooling until he meets ‘Gilberte’, a girl from a novel by Proust, a novel that’s taught him much about life, but perhaps she’s not really Gil
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A brave and unique take on a first love YA novel. It is refreshing not to read about wizards or spies or gut-busting feats of physical prowess - no one in this novel is a ninja or can become invisible: It is a simple story about a fairly innocent (by today's sad social media standards) teenage summer and a group of kids from very different worlds getting to know each other, overcoming certain fears and prejudices and dealing with very real problems (a dad in gaol, a car accident, drinking too mu ...more
Simone Black
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Overall this book was ok. It's about Martin, a boy with autism. He spends the summer in France because his mom is a famous movie producer. He falls for this girl, Alice, who he calls Gilberte because she reminds him of one of the characters of his favorite book, Search. It's really not a romance, more contemporary fiction.

This first 100 pages were a real drag for me. I found Simon's narration at times extremely boring and at times really fascinating. The characters were SO DRY. It seemed so wea
Xiomara Canizales
Jan 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, 2018-read
Rating 1.5/5

This is a book about a kid with an autism spectrum who moves to France for a period of time. The story tells the struggles this kid has to socialize with the people around him.
I had read a book about an autism kid before but I didn't like that so I had a high expectation reading this book. I have no knowledge about the autism spectrum so reading from that perspective could be goodand informative. However I didn't like this book. I didn't connect with the character nor the story. I re
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2018
Reading this book had opened up a whole new world to me. It let me in on a journey of understanding what autism is about through the eyes of Martin. I actually like Martin. His being autistic does not bother me at all because I feel like I appreciate how he appreciates the little details. There was a part of the book when he appreciated the buzzing music of the flies that he calls "the chamber music of summer". The amount of details was also satisfying and to me, there was enough description for ...more
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the story of a teen boy who has Autism. You get to see the world through his eyes as he explains how he feels and sees things. I thought it was quite interesting - sometimes hard to grasp but I think that might have been on purpose. As Martin develops an interest in a young girl, we see how that evolves in his mind and how he deals with these new feelings using techniques he has been taught. I just thought the whole book was some interesting insight into a mind that deals with Autism. Wo ...more
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