Everyone should read this book, Period.
Whether you know someone with autism or not.
Whether you are interested in how the brain works or not.
The author is a thirteen year old autistic boy. He gives such insight into what it is like to have autism that at times it is hard to remember he is only thirteen. Interwoven into the narration are tales he has written which fit beautifully into the whole.
It was interview style. Why do you do X? Because...
It wasn't a story or even particularly interesting. Having an autistic son myself I was hoping for some insight cloaked in a good biography but its severly lacking in both.
"If you've met one child with autism you've met one child with autism". While their was some interesting material its not applicable to even MOST autistic kids since they are so different. This book stereotypes autistic kids.
Narration was good.
Its pretty short so yes it was alright.
I believe that this book is a genuine look into the world of autism from the perspective of a reflective self-aware autistic adolescent. I found this book to be refreshing and insightful because it's focus is awareness. I appreciated the fact that it was free from bias & hidden agendas!
This book confirms much of what I have known most of my life but was unable to verbalize... a profoundly accurate description of the mysterious inner world of an autistic. The longer I listened to this young man's personal experience the more at ease and able to accept my own experience I became. I wanted to go out and immediately purchase a copy for everyone who knows me so they could see the daily struggles of myself and other brave souls on the autism spectrum. How desperately we just want to be loved and accepted the way we are... and to be included rather than excluded because we interact differently. Thank you Naoki for this inspirational book!
People consider autism a disability and yet, it is a gift. People with autism all seem to have different ways of experiencing the world in ways that a non-autistic person is not able. Some feel textures and are able to become the object, some have gifts of musical or artistic ability. This is a Q&A written by a young man with autism in Japan who answers popular questions about being a person with autism. He is remarkable and gives us answers to questions that help others know what it is like to live with autism. It is a fast read, well worth your time. If everyone just took the time to understand autism and other disabilities, what a different world this would be....
The naration. The narator explained well and with a sense of discriptive realism. Also,the plot kept me interested and wanting to find out "What's next".
The ending, though very emotional, it was tender and loving!
The scene when the little boy realized that he was dead.
Yes, it made me cry. It was very emotional at the end. It made me examined my life with my grand children and how I would feel if this happened in our family. I almost felt a loss. Very touching!
I really recommend this book for parents , even if you do not have a child with Autism. Also, I recommend it to educators because there are suggestions to follow in helping children with Autism. Plus after reading it you will feel that you understand a little bit more.
I highly doubt a 13 year old boy wrote this book, the insights and descriptions were much more adult than that. However, having said that, the information was very insightful about autism and I gained a better understanding of the condition which will allow me to be more sensitive to those I interact with.
Hearing the voice escape from the prison of autism.
Maybe, it could be a vehicle for building sympathy and understanding of this terrible infliction.