- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 684 KB
- Print Length: 322 pages
- Publisher: Woodsmoke Press (16 Jan. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007LNVZLM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 128 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,344 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Though it is not specified, Joe appears to have high level autism and Robyn has captured perfectly the strains and difficulties of Joe's experiences in the everyday world. However, her light touch also encapsulates the beauty that Joe finds as he explores Amsterdam, and reading this book is like seeing the wonder of the world through the eyes of a child, with the analysis of an intelligent adult. Fiona Robyn's descriptions of Amsterdam, of the art world and of the strains within family relationships are also spot on. All in all, an excellent read and I am delighted that Robyn's work has been opened up to me. More please!
At 14, Joe is struggling to make sense of the world. His erratic mother and ineffective father constantly frustrate him, his friend Podge is becoming increasingly irritating, and girls are a mystery. He isn't interested in trainers or films, but seeks solace in books (no fiction, only facts) and expanding his knowledge of birds and meteorology. When we first meet him, he is on a plane, having been sent by his parents to spend a summer with his quirky, unpredictable aunt Nel in Amsterdam.
After an awkward first couple of days, Joe and Nel fall into an easy pattern of living together. She listens to him, doesn't judge him, and addresses things that are concerning him. In return, he dedicates himself to understanding why Nel is unhappy and finding ways to improve her love life. Along the way, he also makes a new friend in Emmie - the first girl he's really been able to connect with - and learns a bit of Dutch too. But his parents continue to frustrate him, even from across international borders, and Joe finds himself increasingly angry with adults keeping secrets from him - and unable to deal with those feelings of anger.
Part two jumps ahead 15 years. Joe is 29 and still struggling with life. All his teenage research hasn't prepared him for his dream job quite as well as expected, his parents are separated and distant, and he's been signed off work with depression.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nicely written book. Poignant, touching and funny. I highly recommend it. Why do they require so many words for a review?Published 1 month ago by M. MacMahon
Not bad but predictable. Limited characters, limited plot and an unnecessary ending which repeated things you already learn throughout the book. Not a fan.Published 19 months ago by David Watkins
Love this book;it sounds pretentious but I really feel I have experienced it, I would recommend it and The Blue Handbag by the same author to everyone.Published 23 months ago by Mrs. Susan I. Collier
Enjoyed this book but feel it did not live up to the title. It sounded quite enchanting but really was quite a basic perhaps predictable story. Read morePublished on 11 July 2014 by kate campbell
I enjoyed the most beautiful thing. It was easy to read with likeable characters and an intriguing story line. There were a few twists too which kept things interesting. Read morePublished on 29 May 2014 by Fiona