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What a beautiful, interesting, funny, sad, lovely book. Completely satisfying from start to end, I was engrossed from the very beginning. I initially hesitated, unsure if the plot as summarized would be something that would interest me; I'm so glad I decided to give it a try.
Experiencing the events as they unfolded from the perspective of this sweet boy touched my heart and kept me thoroughly enthralled. Although the book was not told from the viewpoint of the father, it's written in such a way as to have you relate to his experience as well.
For me, this was one of those books that stayed with me all day, playing through my mind at work while I waited for the opportunity to hear more of the story. The narration was fantastic and fit perfectly.
Without a doubt a five star selection.
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As the mother of a 7-year-old son with Asperger's Syndrome (the type of autism afflicting our protagonist), I found this book both warm and chilling. This book essentially gave me a look inside the mind of my son.
Having a child with autism is one of the greatest gifts I have ever been given. But as we could see with Christopher's parents, it can be a painful struggle for the family. I found myself thinking, "MY son does that" or "So THAT'S why he does that."
I am so grateful for this author for opening me up to the inside of a person with Asperger's Syndrome. I LOVED this book--and Jeff Woodman's reading was superb!
I have asked all of my friends, family, and loved ones to READ this to understand what our family--and specifically, my son--is going through. It is also enlightening to find stories such as these that do not paint autistic people as "Rainman-like" savants or detached souls rocking incessantly in a corner.
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