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An Unusual Boy: An unforgettable, heart-stopping book club read for 2021 Kindle Edition
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Her fifth book, An Unusual Boy, will be released globally in October 2020.
- ASIN : B08D8YR4ZJ
- Publisher : Boldwood Books (October 20, 2020)
- Publication date : October 20, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 766 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 322 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1800483015
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,474 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story is alternately narrated by the mother and eleven-year old son. That narrative form presents the world in which each lives vividly. Both are compelling characters, if somewhat overly virtuous.
It is probably nitpicking, but one thing really bothered me, the introduction of older daughter’s teenage surfer boyfriend. This kid’s total perfection made him a completely unbelievable character. He brings flowers daily and saves lives in his spare time. Otherwise, this was a very readable book that was hard to put down.
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Did not finish. As I thought, this book is thick with ableism, which is no surprise given its title and the non disabled parents raving over it .
Jackson, an 11 year old boy is described as neurodiverse. His mum Julia works as a music therapist. His sisters are not like him.
The book’s title is othering. The Unusual Boy suggests he’s outside of the “norm”. Whatever normal is, anyway it establishes ableism from the outset.
A search of the ebook shows that “autism” and “disability” and “disabled” are not used. What is it with writers who shy away from actually saying the word? Do they think it’s offensive or do they want the reader to form their armchair diagnosis?
Jackson’s character is written with so many stereotypes of autism- mostly swaying on the odd side. There are also some harmful characteristics thrown in - both harmful behaviour and harmful tropes about autism.
Own voices matter, and I don’t believe Higgins is autistic or disabled, and reading the acknowledgments, I don’t believe those she credited as helping with the research for this book are, either.
This book is aimed at giving readers an insight into parenting a disabled child and also an insight into being a disabled child. Sadly, it only reinforces negative stereotypes like disabled people are burdens, hard to manage, violent, friendless, lacking in social boundaries and unusual.
Make space for actually disabled writers, please.
The family have various ways of dealing with his problem, but mostly with love and kindness.
I laughed many times when he told his interpretaion of some situations and also his thoughts about "boys" things and typical growing up difficulties.
I must say, I really got drawn into this unusual story and found a hankie very useful at times.
School friends vary but there is one lovely relationship with another pupil and also with one of his teachers.
I am sure I will be reading other books by this author.