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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1171 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N3528YM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,877 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Ignite TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Jan. 2017
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Sophie lives with her two daughters, teenaged Chloe and her younger sister, Rosie. Rosie is twelve years old and autistic. She is strong and has begun to express her frustration by biting and scratching. Sophie puts up with it but when Rosie starts to attack her grandmother, Diane, and her sister, Chloe, Sophie knows the time has come to think about residential care. Her estranged husband now lives in Ireland and Sophie knows he doesn’t understand how hard it is to keep going.

The characters in this book are so human, you can totally believe in, and empathise with, them all. Sophie is left with grief and guilt as a result of sending her daughter to live away from home. We’re taken through her own feelings and thought processes. It’s very interesting to see her beginning to live her own life again, though she can’t shake the guilt that she shouldn’t be. It’s a lovely, sad, gripping but eventually life-affirming story. Highly recommended.
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3.5 stars
The book opens with an arresting first section imagined from the point of view of Rosie. From that point on, the story is told mainly from the point of view of Rosie’s mother, Sophie. The author creates a realistic picture of what it must be like living with and caring for a child with extreme autism. This is a form of autism very different from the common perception of autism gained from movies like Rain Man or books such as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, manifesting itself in very challenging, sometimes violent, behaviour. The constant strain of never knowing how her younger daughter will react, when the next ‘meltdown’ will occur and Sophie’s fears for the future is convincingly communicated:
“The worry of it all never left her. From the moment she woke, to the time she fell into a weary sleep, the uncertainties whirled around, burrowing deep into her brain.”

After a particularly disturbing incident, Sophie is forced to confront the heart-breaking possibility that Rosie’s condition is such that, for her own safety and for the safety of others, she can no longer be cared for at home. The emotional toll of Sophie’s decision is convincingly portrayed. Similar to the feelings encountered following bereavement, Sophie experiences guilt, regret and even anger born of frustration that Rosie’s condition can never be cured and that the pain Sophie feels cannot be understood by anyone else, even by the most well-meaning of her family and friends.
‘Nothing anyone said or did could take this huge ache away from her. It wasn’t just the sadness, it was this vast ball of anger that seemed to be knotted up inside her...She couldn’t help it, she felt angry with everyone. And tired of it all.
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A beautifully written story about a mother who has two daughters, one of which has autism. The book is very well written and deals with the struggles and difficult decisions the mother has to deal with. I did cry through a lot of the book and smile to myself along the way. Will definitely read more from this author. Well done Kate
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This was such an insightful, poignant story about one family’s struggle coping with a severely autistic child. As a mother I can appreciate children and their different temperaments but I have to hold my hand up and admit I’ve never truly understood the many ‘faces’ of a child with autism. Even though this book is a work of fiction it was very eye opening with regards to autism and I feel it’s a book that everyone should read to try and go some way in understanding this very complex condition.

Single mum Sophie had been coping pretty well with her youngest daughter’s condition. However, as Rosie was now 12 she was no longer the little girl that Sophie could protect when she was having a bad day. Rosie was now quite a big girl and her ever increasing bad days were resulting in violent outbursts as Rosie struggled to contain her frustration with the world around her. Sadly, Rosie lashed out with the people around her which were her loved ones resulting in many painful physical and emotional scars. Life was getting tougher and tougher for Sophie when she knew her eldest daughter, her own mother and herself were at risk of injury around young Rosie. Sophie had to make one of the most difficult decisions of her life, to find a more suitable place for Rosie to live that was safe and more catered for her growing needs.

We follow Sophie’s journey of making the right choice for her daughter Rosie. The struggles with her own conscience and the emotional turmoil for the whole family. There was a point in the story that I felt myself breathe a sigh of relief as I myself felt like some clarity had been made for all members of the family. It was quite a humbling part in the storyline.
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This book is not a comfortable read. You may think it is silly that a child is attacking her loved ones. Surely the adult could over power the child. The child can learn right from wrong. She's just not being patented properly. If that's what you think then may I suggest you read more about childhood autism. I have a violent child, I'm regularly scratched and attacked. I'm exhausted. It isn't just dealing with the attacks, it is being hyper vigilant at all times as to what might set off an outburst. Many carers suffer from compassion fatigue. It seems to me that the mum in this story does. But she seems unable to care for herself due to guilt, nor is she able to reach out and get respite. Although she doesn't feel it, she is lucky that the system is there for her, but that doesn't assuage her pain or guilt. There is a strong theme of guilt through the book. This story is raw and had my eyes welled up with tears on several occasions. If it doesn't do that to you, then look at those you love around you and thank your lucky stars.
A well written, easy to read, hard to forget book. Buy it, and hopefully feel differently next time you see an out of control child in a public place. Try to support a fellow human being rather than judging them without knowing all the facts.
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