Downloaded to my kindle already, and I’m looking forward to reading more of him. I’ll let you know how he is…
Edward is good! He’s had a long journey to visit his friends; they needed him. It wasn’t easy, with all the planning and record keeping he had to do, as well as dealing with a troubled teenager, but he has once again come up trumps.
He has fallen in love too, I’m glad to say. Edward has found someone much like himself, who will enable him to live his life differently. Another wonderful read… more touching characters… I want more of Edward!
Ok, it didn’t take me that long. Nowhere near that long.
I liked Edward, I really did. I hated his parents, possibly his mother even more than his father, for not standing up for him. Edward has Asperger’s Syndrome and OCD. He lives his life by a strict schedule, even refusing to start his therapy sessions a minute early, and recording the time he wakes each day. His parents find him so hard to deal with that he lives alone, seeing them once a month for dinner and communicating the rest of the time via letters from his father’s lawyer.
The book follows Edward through 600 hours of his life, documenting the events that throw his routine into chaos when a single mum and her son move in across the road. Suddenly Edward has a friend… and this brings stress and joy in equal measure.
Edward is a wonderful character; I felt his heartache and his confusion with him. Read it… I think you’ll like him too.
So far, I’ve read two of Amy’s novels (of course we’re on first name terms…) and I found both of them hard to put down.
That isn’t to say they are ‘nice’ stories; ‘The End of Alice’ in particular I found to be quite an uncomfortable read, about a convicted child molester and murderer. They compelled me to continue reading, nevertheless. Her characters are flawless, her style is down to earth and her storylines ask serious questions about serious topics.
I love to read. I have a kindle now, but still have over a thousand books that I cannot throw away. My ‘must read’ list is huge, filled with books I’ve always wanted to read, books that I’ve heard good things about, books recommended by friends.
This week I finished reading all of Kaufman’s books, ‘Born Weird’ was the last one. I loved it, just as I have his others. If you’ve not discovered him, I think you should!
I fell in love with Kaufman when I read ‘All My Friends are Superheroes’, at a time when I’d fallen in love with that special guy too. My first copy of that book ended up filled with thoughts and notations and passed to him to read. I think he loved it as much as I did. I hope, anyway. He made it perfect.