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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
Brave and honest but
posted by Fromtheheart on March 26, 2010Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
Not all that great.
posted by Tiffany_T on October 2, 2010Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 15, 2011
A Let Down
I have never really come across a person who is autistic, so reading the book, Boy Alone written by Karl Taro Greenfeld, is a huge eye opener for me. I did not know what it meant to be autistic or what it feels like to have someone in your family be autistic. It's a good book for those who want to know more about autism, but it is not a good book for anyone to read under the age of 13. There is some strong language throughout the book which isn't appropriate for children. The book starts off extremely slowly and it becomes harder to read. When Karl's parents first find out that their son is autistic they go crazy looking in books for some answers, and Karl says, "For my parents, this period is an odyssey through the universe of literature and theories of developmentally disabled children..." (40). His sentences are pack with words and I tend to get lost in his wordiness. Although it does start off slow, the book picks up and becomes more interesting toward the very end of the book. Karl describes that his brother becomes a higher functioning autistic, "He is forming small words, making little sentences..." (272). In the beginning of the book he says that his brother is a very low functioning autistic, so hearing that his brother could talk makes you feel happy. Then, out of nowhere, you see all of these reports and the author hits you with the fact that none of it happened. It was somber ending to the book, and it leaves you feeling like nothing was accomplished by reading that middle part. I would recommend this book to those people who have a lot of time on their hands. It took me quite a while to make it through the whole book. At first, Boy Alone is a dull and slow moving book, it picks up in the middle, and then you get let down all over again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.