I feel very conflicted about this book. I really liked that it provides an inside view of a child on the autism spectrum. I liked that it was funny. I actually loved that the fictional mom hits the kid on the back to prompt him in social situations. I hate to say it but I've done that; no I'm not abusive, I don't actually hit my kid. I liked that the book pushes the point that kids on the autism spectrum are not simply "bad" or obstinate; there are very real reasons why they engage in certain behaviors that are not socially acceptable. Teachers and other providers need to understand the sensory, emotional, and language differences. Some of the proposed solutions are really helpful. I love the suggestion of using an "obliette", a special book, to write down quotes in as a means of cutting down on quoting. What a great idea! But I am very disappointed because I thought this would be a book my son and I could read together. I just don't think we can: this boy is so different than my son, my son won't be able to relate at all to how James feels, nor will most of the solutions be helpful. And I guess that is the primary disappointment for me. It really is not a useful tool for me as I had anticipated based on the description of the book and other reviews. I also felt very sad over the way the author (mom) quickly dispatched with behavior plans and medication as potential interventions. She says: "Your goal, if it's possible, is to raise a fully functioning human being, not a medicated or well trained chimp." I am not an ABA zealot, nor is my own child on medication. But frankly I have friends who swear by medication for their kids (and these kids are not by any means subdued or zombified) and an appropriate behavior plan that contemplates the sensory and emotional needs of a child can be very helpful. I really feel for parents, who are desperate for answers, when they are provided with such sweeping generalizations. So do I recommend this book? Yes, but only to help others gain insight on one child's experience.