Well I never got round to reading my ARC book for July, but I went to read everyone else's reviews.
One particular review really kicked me into touch. Darcy had reviewed a book about a 15 year old boy with Asperger's (part of the autistic spectrum), and she was very impressed. Being the mother of a 15 years old boy with Asperger's, I was intrigued ....ordered the book...waited....and have now read it...and it is still July.
So even though it breaks all the rules ...I am going to review...
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon
(and this is the journal page I have made)
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!
Every page made me laugh, which may seem a strange reaction to some, but I had sooooo been there already. The author has a true insight into how the mind of an Asperger's suffer works, and I can only assume he grew up with or raised a child with this syndrome. I know all sufferers are different from each other, but there are certain behavioural and emotional elements that are obvious markers, and the author has worked these perfectly into his young hero (well he is a hero to me).
The events that take place during school time are all so true, I have lived every one of them...including arguing about helping my son cope with exams...and the conversations about not telling people they are stupid or smell, as the truth can be hurtful.....and the throwing away of artwork because someone else spoiled it.
While reading the book, I found that I was actually hearing it in my sons voice, as the speech patterns and content was so familiar to me. The fascination with science and mathematics is so accurate, and the way he deals with "noise"......
If you don't know anyone with Asperger's, but would like to understand a little of what it is like, read this book.
If you do know or live with some one with Asperger's, read this book. It really does cover so many aspects of my life and relationships it is spooky, though I am one of the lucky one's. Being a very calm person by nature I have been able to cope more easily than some, though there have been times that I cried myself dry just thinking about the future. Plus my boy is one of the "huggy" ones so at least I have been spared the pain of never being able to hold my child.
My husband is going to read it now...and I may try and get my son to read it too...but I am DEFINITELY going to get his teachers to read it!!!!
My journal page is based on a photo of my son when he was 3. 3 is his favourite number, and the journalling reads:
"When everything is the same volume...I can't hear anything!!!"
and refers to his main "problem", which is an issue with his peripheral hearing. According to the experts, he hears everything at the same volume, so if I am whispering in the kitchen while he is watching tv in the next room he answers and joins in the conversation I am trying to have in private. This makes concentrating very difficult in school, or in a crowded place. And even at such an early age he always had such serious expressions on his face. People would say he had the eyes of an old man.
Back to the book.....
I don't want you to think it is a light-hearted story....in places I really struggled not to cry(for fear my son would want to know why)...but it does finish on a very hopeful note. Am so glad I cheated this month.
Enjoy :D XXX