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No real disability awareness found here
on 25 April 2015
As a disabled woman I was excited to find a romance novel where I could identify with the lead character. How disappointed I was to find Jane depicted in such a negative way. The plot had a lot of discrepancies as did the characters. A statement would be made or fact given then later on contradicted. The fact that Jane was 20 and had no friends or kept in contact with old ones was unrealistic in this day and ages with phones,Facebook etc. It also wasn't in keeping with her character and the fact that she wanted to be treated "normal" (groan). She had no trouble befriending Nolan who her parents had found for her (groan). It was sad that she hadn't come to terms with her disability or even knew how to manage it even later in the story. The fact that her Dad seemed to be unable to make the ramp at the front of the house permanent even though he had made a table on the front porch that concealed her wheelchair set the tone of the story for me. A lot of emphasis was placed on walking that it would make her "normal" and complete. Some of the comments made I found slightly offensive.
From a disabled woman's point of view I couldn't understand the following. Her morning routine only took 10 minutes. A bit quick! Ok she had a bath in the evening but even so! She had been looking online at information on fatigue but only in general not in relation to her disability. While she was online why didn't she buy a bath aid so she could get in and out the bath safely and by herself? Also she could of had a look at disability sex guides (!) How she transferred out of her wheelchair when not parked in a disabled bay I do not know!! I could go on but you get the picture.
This is a "princess locked in a tower being rescued by a knight in shinning armour" story and has nothing to do with disability and how it can effect dating/relationships.