Eye Contact Paperback – 1 Feb 2007
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'Compulsively addictive . . . heartbreaking . . . a moving picture of a boy whose weakest subject is life' Daily Telegraph 'Riveting and unforgettable . . . brilliant' Julie Orringer, author of How to Breathe Underwater
About the Author
Cammie McGovern is the mother of three young children, including one autistic boy. Eye Contact is her second novel. She lives in Massachusetts.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Cara coped with differently abled people all of her life. When she was in elementary school, her classmate and later to become friend Kevin was severely injured in an accident, leaving him with permanent physical limitations. Her best friend Suzette becomes agoraphobic in early adulthood and sequesters herself in her family home after sharing a flat with Cara.
When Cara says that Adam "learned to please her" and "to make her happy" by pretending to use a banana as a telephone after she insisted he do this. Forcing that kind of "pretend play" does not spark imagination; rather, for many people with autism, it is only natural to wonder "what on earth is fun about pretending a banana is a phone? And neurotypicals (NTs) talk about us and the way we play! At least we don't pretend to use edible telephones!" That was my immediate response. Donna Williams addresses this issue as well in her books about autism; what people learn to do is "give the desired response." How right she is!
Cara and Adam's world is irrevocably changed when Adam's 10-year-old classmate Amelia is found murdered near the school playground. Sadly, Adam is a suspect and it takes some clever sleuthing on the part of a 13-year-old boy with Asperger's Syndrome to crack the case. Morgan, the older child as well as other children in his "special social support group" have been targeted by bullies and subjected to extreme cruelty. Morgan takes an interest in Adam and in time, the pair bond in a fashion.Read more ›
I did find it a bit odd that in what was presumably a fairly small community, that there were apparently so many children with special needs/learning difficulties (maybe school sizes are huge in America even in a small town). There wasn't a single child character who wasn't dysfunctional in one way or another. And a fair portion of the adult characters had mental problems (e.g. depression, agoraphobia, breakdown) and/or difficulty with making friends.
The ending was also a bit implausible, as well as a bit unclear what had actually happened, but not so much that you felt cheated.
I wouldn't actively recommend it as a *must read* book, but if I saw someone who'd bought it and they asked me whether it was any good I'd say, yes, it's not bad, a fairly enjoyable read but you'll probably like it more if you've an interest in autism.
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Interesting perspective showing relationship with autistic child. Maintains tension after a s!owish start. Jumps between characters a lot. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was my book club book choice and it was an easy read. Not the best book in the world but I enjoyed reading it.Published on 3 May 2011 by K. Dance
This book was brilliant and I couldn't stop reading it....I was hooked!!
The plot is easy to relate to and well written. Read more