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Helpful, uplifting and very touching, but not an easy read
on 14 February 2016
This is a touching insight into a family's struggle and their love for their autistic son. Autism is a condition difficult to understand for those who have not been affected by it, as is clearly demonstrated by some of the inappropriate responses to David's actions, especially among professionals - psychologists, social workers etc.
David is very lucky to have such a wonderful family, whose tolerance of his extraordinary habits in the face of prejudice is a testament to their great love for him. Ultimately I found the book very informative, uplifting and helpful; Chris Stevens gives us lots of analogies to help us understand some of David's unusual behavior but it wasn't an easy read. As suggested by another reviewer, it would have been much better written by someone else. I found the poor metaphors and similes irritating, and although the writer often uses medical jargon, he also says, for example, something caused a headache (in the figurative sense) which disrupts the reading flow while you decide if he means it literally or not. David's mother's small chapter flowed more easily.
I wish the family luck and courage in their struggle to help David cope with the world, and I admire their determination to put David's happiness above what others may consider socially acceptable behavior.