Just Another Kid

Just Another Kid

by Torey Hayden
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Just Another Kid 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was spellbound and couldn't put it down, and when I had read that book, I ordered everything else she ever wrote from Amazon (how's that for a recommendation?). This book, (and I say this without exaggeration) literally made me gasp at some parts and cry at some others. This is a book that I feel would be of value to parents of special needs children, but also to members of Alcoholics Anonymous, or anyone who believes (or wants to believe) that miracles can still happen to the most hopeless of "lost causes". Although learning about the kids was engrossing in and of itself, the real story comes from this slowly developed, constantly evolving relationship Hayden finds herself in with a parent of one of the students. Dr. Taylor is one of the most interesting characters about which I've read, which is probably the result of her being a real person and Hayden describing the reality of dealing with all sides, positive and negative, of a woman who has genius intelligence, lacks all social skills, is beautiful, an alcoholic, and at once narcissistic, sweet and vulnerable, as well as willing to change. The stories of the children keep the book moving; you love them, hope for them, are heartbroken for them, frustrated with them.. and all the while desperate to know what move Dr. Taylor is going to make next and how Hayden will handle it all. This book has some gut wrenching moments in it but not the nauseatingly horrific images and stories contained in Murphey's Boy and Ghost Girl. A must read.     
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a good story. It certainly sucked me in and Torey Hayden tells stories well. Though her writing could certainly improve--it seems like she's does not have natural instinct for writing. Small things I noticed were odd sentence structure and using a small vocabulary-- for example using the word 'regard' often. Mostly just small nit picky details such as that. I have also noticed in this and her other books that there can be a slight narcissistic feel to her books, though I suppose that comes with the fact that they are about her experiences. All in all it is a good read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
You said: 'Has anyone else noticed that one child in every book does not talk and is unresposive?' Well, yes, because elective mutism is Torey Hayden's area of expertise. I'm not a special ed teacher but I would imagine a child who refuses to speak presents an extraordinary challenge and so Torey understandably writes often about her work with them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is another fantastic book by Torey Hayden. Her writing exposes so much about the people she describes that you feel like they are your own acquaintances. I truly loved this book, just like all of her books. I've read six of her books, and they're all wonderful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just finished reading the book and am now online purchasing Torey's other books. I have not enjoyed reading a book this much in a long time. As a person studying to be a teacher I found the things that happened in Torey's classroom to be abosolutly amazing. I have told many of my friends to read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Has anyone else noticed that one child in every book does not talk and is unresposive? Or is it just me? Don't get me wrong I love her books, but I think she needs to write a book that doesn't involve a child that does talk.