Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Pojken som byggde egna världar” as Want to Read:
Pojken som byggde egna världar
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Pojken som byggde egna världar

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  13,757 ratings  ·  1,146 reviews
Varm relationsroman om en far och en väldigt speciell son

Möt Alex, trettio-någonting. Han älskar sin fru, Jody, men har glömt hur han visar det. Han älskar sin son Sam, som har autism, men han förstår honom inte. Någonting måste ändras, och det nu. Uppgivet ser Alex hur anspänningen driver äktenskapet till bristningsgränsen, och separationen är ett faktum.

Samtidigt som
Hardcover, 430 pages
Published December 22nd 2016 by Massolit Förlag (first published September 1st 2016)
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 Pojken som byggde egna världar, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Matthew Abbott The Xbox 360 version is also the one the author played with his own autistic children, according to the acknowledgements!
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.29  · 
Rating details
 ·  13,757 ratings  ·  1,146 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Pojken som byggde egna världar
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
Shelves: bookclub
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
Shelves: netgalley
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
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub-reads
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

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
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
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
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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 m
The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog
Review: Surj
Blog: http://thehopelessromanticsbookblog.b...

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.
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
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
~ A rather bookish
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
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5*. This is a heart warming and interesting tale of a married couple and the struggles they face bringing up their autistic son Sam. The story focuses mainly on Alex, a father still grappling with events in his childhood and his inability to connect with his son Sam. Sam is 7 and does not cope well with social interaction, loud noises, unexpected changes to his plans, different food etc etc. Alex and his wife Jody just can’t seem to get on anymore, a trail separation and job loss follow and Al ...more
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Karen R
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
Shelves: netgalley
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
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
Renita D'Silva
Beautiful, poignant and emotional.
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
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
Marty Fried
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychological
This book was a little unusual for my tastes, but somehow I started reading it, and got involved. It's pretty slow starting out with no apparent promise to get better. The main character, Alex, was not a very likable guy, and his wife asked him to leave for a while, so he left his wife and autistic son to move in with his best friend.

His son, Sam, has always been a problem for them, being unpredictable, uncommunicative, and complaining about seemingly minor things. So, Alex coped by working too
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
Liza Fireman
This is a highly rated book about an autistic boy, and his father. And how they get connected through Minecraft. That is basically it, you know pretty much the whole story.

The description says "A Boy Made of Blocks is a funny, heartwarming story of family and love inspired by the author's own experiences with his son, the perfect latest obsession for fans of The Rosie Project, David Nicholls and Jojo Moyes.". I have to say that it was ok, but it wasn't funny almost at all, while The Rosie Proje
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
Suze Lavender
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alex and Jody are going through a rough patch in their marriage. They're temporarily separated because Alex isn't mentally present in his own life anymore. His withdrawnness is difficult for Jody. They stopped talking long ago and Alex is always at work. Their son Sam was diagnosed on the autism spectrum and their days with him are often a struggle. Alex doesn't connect with his son at all. While Alex is staying with his best friend he has the chance to figure things out, to discover what went w ...more
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arc
In brief - I did really enjoy quite a lot of this book. I just felt some parts were a bit contrived/cheesy - making it 4 on reflection.

In full -
This book is the story of Alex, his son Sam, his wife Jody and also about other members of his family and friends. In part it is based on the author's own experiences with his autistic son which I think lent a validity to the book. The main focus is on Alex's relationship with Sam - initially not really a relationship at all - more a train wreck. At the
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, memoir
Once in awhile, I break out of my comfort zone and read a book from an author I've never read before.

#ABoyMadeofBlocks was recommended to me by my cousin.

Inspired by the writer's true life experience, this book shares the heartwarming story of a father, who struggles to connect and bond with his son, who has autism. Alex is at the crossroad of his life. Temporarily separated from his wife, Alex needs to pull his family together, and learn to accept his son's condition. Through the (accidental) M
This book for me was such a whirlwind of emotions and I also think probably the most important book I'll read this year so so important to me and it just had such an emotional impact on me I found myself sitting reading at 11pm crying my eyes out not with sadness but with joy.

I really connected quickly with Sam mainly because my 5 year old son is also autistic like Sam, although not on the same scale but there was so many moments throughout this book that I saw the same sort of traits in Sam as
Ellie M
I don't have much knowledge of Minecraft except that it's a computer games based on blocks and it's quite popular with pre-teens. In this novel I learned a lot about Minecraft and how it allowed for the relationship between a Dad and his autistic son to develop and grow through a shared interest.

In the novel the relationship between the boy's parents is struggling, partly because of their son's autism, and partly because the Dad is spending time working to support the family. The parents decide
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: three-star
Alex is struggling in life. He has been made redundant, his marriage is deteriorating and beyond that his relationship with his only son has become increasingly overwhelming. Standing between Alex and his son Sam is a villain and it's name is autism.

Drawing on the authors own personal experience as a father of an autistic child, this was a touching read about the daily challenges associated with nurturing a child on the spectrum. There were some heartfelt moments and I felt the author gave great
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Ta ingen skit, Ann-Britt
  • Shtum
  • The Center of the World
  • Elizabeth Is Missing
  • The Keeper of Lost Things
  • This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
  • The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
  • Half a World Away
  • Porém Bruxa
  • The Beekeeper of Aleppo
  • The Kicking the Bucket List
  • The Salt Path
  • Why Mummy Drinks
  • The Man I Think I Know
  • Ära armasta mind enam
  • The Betrayals
  • The Cows
  • The long funeral of Mr. White
See similar books…

News & Interviews

Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We’ve got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our...
16 likes · 3 comments
“Life is an adventure, not a walk. That's why it's difficult.” 16 likes
“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.

Time doesn’t heal, it cauterises.”
More quotes…