Hello and welcome to my first book review on my sparkly new blog! I always wanted my own blog, a little corner of the internet to talk about (gush about) books I love, writerly things, everyday things…but mostly books!
I had the privilege of receiving this book in exchange for an honest review, you can also find it on my Instagram page http://www.instagram.com/rachelgreenlaw_
It was released on 30th October 2017, published by Text Publishing and you can find it here
”Maybe the actual place will unlock you” Kids Like Us by Hilary Reyl is told from the perspective of an autistic boy called Martin. He is spending the summer in France with his mum, a film maker and sister Elizabeth.
He carries a copy of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time with him everywhere and uses this as his key to unlocking the world around him- by comparing and measuring everyone against these characters, he can make sense of the world.
I found this to be a truly insightful look at how a young person with autism may view the world and interact with it. Martin misses the subtleties of human interaction at times, and told through his eyes, you can see how some arguments and disagreements can seem absurd.
His interpretation of how people communicate with each other- and how they are thinking and feeling is sometimes startlingly accurate, his view of the world may be different, but that shift in focus cuts through the white noise of every day situations to highlight real truths.
He tries so very hard to make his mum happy, but we keep flashing to thoughts of his absent dad- and how much he means to Martin.
He falls in love with a French girl, Alice, who he names Gilberte after a character in Proust’s Search. He begins to realise that love is not out of his reach and as this beautiful story unfolds, we see a collection of love stories that tell us who Martin is; his love of baking quattre quart cake, his love of Proust and his love of his absent father.
Kids Like Us is available on Amazon, snap it up for an exquisite read that could equally suit the young adult or adult market!