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A self pitying book
on 30 June 2013
I was unable to warm to Cory as although I felt huge sympathy for his condition I found his continual "woe is me" attitude rather wearing. It must have been a terrible position for him to be in especially as a younger child however at every opportunity he comes up with remarks such as "welcome to my space", "welcome to my world", "once again I thought things couldn't get any worse, guess I was wrong about that". I wonder if this attitude may have been the cause of those who were initially on his side eventually losing patience - Mrs Erlanger (his favourite teacher), Terry (his school aide) and others.
His family deserve admiration for their huge effort and support of him, and it goes without question that the family all have a deep love for one and other, and this is consistent throughout the book.
There is no doubt at all that his condition was unbelievably frustrating and exceptionally debilitating, however I wonder if there were occasions (eg smoking at school) when his condition was overcompensated for, after all it must be difficult to draw a line between a condition like this and actual bad behaviour.
It is also curious that his improvement coincided with the rigid regime of the high school administration "laying down a daunting number of requirements" in order to take him back.
With regard to the structure of the book I felt that until the last part it didn't flow very well, and was a series of disjointed events. Luckily this did improve when Cory went to the Wilderness Camp and from there it did become more complete.
I am delighted that he finally improved, but feel that this part of the book was rushed and I would have liked more info and a greater explanation for this - was it down to a significant drop in his meds or did he mostly grow out of it? Whatever the reason his achievement at this stage was impressive.