This would be a good book for parents who are struggling with guilt or shame with regard to their autistic children. Most of the stories describe the parents' expectations and dreams while pregnant and then the agonizing reality once they learned their children were not developing in a neuro-typical way.It might be helpful for parents who need to explain their journey to friends or family.Most of the stories point to immunizations as the cause of the onset of autism.
I was hoping for more advice. I am ready to work on healing and therapy. My son's autism hasn't stemmed from immunizations so I couldn't relate to most of the stories.
These are heart-felt, gut wrenching stories but the narrators were too melodramatic.
I would have only included one or two stories about shattered dreams and encouraged more stories illuminating the way forward.
There was an undercurrent of complaint about how few dads were involved but no real exploration of the subject.
The main character, Richard is an immature, self-centered pill the entire book. I don't mind unpleasant characters when they advance the story in an interesting way. He didn't. None of the other characters were developed enough to be interesting either.
He did a nice job with the material
Yes. It inspired me to find out where I read the recommendation for this book so I can avoid the source next time.
Nice descriptions of Paris and France and the art world.
I couldn't get past the first 45 minutes. It's full of canned personalities and paper thin plot lines lifted from better novels.
I'm not sure I trust Audible suggestions after this one.
No. Her voice is pleasing but her style is too dramatic and commercial. I don't enjoy the baby voice treatment for the younger character. It's distracting and irritating.
The characters of Queenie and Baby Doll are poorly written and not the narrator's fault but her reading amplifies the stereotyped dialogue.
It might appeal to a book club for ladies in the 80+ age range who want to read about New Orleans and want an easy read. It is sweet, unchallenging and predictable.
The story was fascinating and unpredictable. The plot moved quickly and was full of twists but each character was so richly drawn I didn't want to get through the book too fast.
The writing style reminds me of Jonathan Franzen in the ability to describe people and scenes but the mood is more optimistic.
The narrator was fantastic. I will search for more of his reads.
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