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“In an insightful, deeply human story reminiscent of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Daniel Isn’t Talking, and The Reason I Jump, New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova offers a unique perspective in fiction—the extraordinary voice of Anthony, a nonverbal boy with autism. Anthony reveals a neurologically plausible peek inside the mind of autism, why he hates pronouns, why he loves swinging and the number three, how he experiences routine, joy, and love. And it is the voice of this voiceless boy that guides two women in this powerfully unforgettable story to discover the universal truths that connect us all.”

So I am a huge fan of this author so the second I got a big boy job out of college, I went and bought this book on my break. It took me about a year to get around to actually reading it. I loved that it was about autism. My little brother is on the autism spectrum and the way the other books by this author are written I thought it would give some insight on how he sees the world.

Instead this is the story of the mother of a child with autism and a woman who is dealing with the breaking up of her family after her husband cheats on her. So the two women bond after they run across each other on the island. Then the story is told from alternating perspectives between the women and also the writing about a little boy named Anthony that has autism.

This is not the normal set up for this author. I much prefer her normal mode of telling the story from the perspective of the person with the psychological diagnosis. However, I can’t complain about the writing or what happened. As also this author was incredible. This book just didn’t live up to the other books.

I really wish I had more to say on this book. There was nothing actually wrong with it but there was also nothing that was amazing about it either. Read if you like “chick lit”.


3.5 out of 5 stars. I want to like this book, but I recommend her other books instead.

You can buy this book here.