A boy with Asperger's Syndrome proves he's a genius. Ages 12+
Lovable 14-year-old "Aspie" Nathaniel Clark stores his memories in computer-like files in his brain, loves formulas, plays keyboard in a rock band, has some trouble in social situations, likes to spend time in his own mental world and really, really wants to be a genius. Nathaniel's father, now divorced from his mother, does not believe in Asperger's syndrome; he insists that Nathaniel can simply be "normal" if he chooses to. To prove this, he forces Nathaniel to go to a party, where Nathaniel unknowingly ingests quite a bit of alcohol along with his fruit punch. The sickness that ensues, coupled with the fact that Nathaniel thinks he sees the girl he loves with another boy, nearly results in institutionalization. Luckily, he has a great therapist, a loving mother and some incredibly supportive friends/bandmates who get him through the rough patch. The band decides to video-record themselves singing Nathaniel's rocking math songs, and they quickly become famous. There is romance, grad school and a job at the grocery store just on the horizon. Overly optimistic? Maybe--but who cares? Readers will be happy to see Nathaniel succeed. (Fiction. 10-14)
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I give the book Mindblind by Jennifer Roy 5 stars, because this standout fiction novel was an enjoyable read. This book had me up late reading chapter by chapter, word for word. It was very realistic, which made you feel like you were right there, in the novel, with the main character, Nathaniel Clark. It is hard to put this thick book into a minimal summary, but briefly, it is about a fourteen year-old boy named Nathaniel. He lives in two worlds, the outside one with friends and family, and his “free-zone”, inside his head where he can store his brain files, and stay calm. Nathaniel has Asperger’s Syndrome. Everyone has said he is a genius, since he was a child, so when he looked up what exactly a genius is at an early age, the book told him that, “A true genius uses his talent to make a contribution to the world.” He decided that he would never be a genius until that happened, so this book is his quest to become a “true genius”, it includes his difficult family and social life, not to mention his love life, as well. I recommend this book to specifically middle schoolers and high schoolers because it has some challenging vocab, and Nathaniel also uses many equations, so it may be hard for younger children to understand. Another reason is because of two perspectives/ two worlds; it may get a bit more confusing for thoughs of younger age. All in all, Mindblind is a fantastic book which I enjoyed every second of.
The cover is beautiful This book really blew my mind. I love it so much.