Love Anthony

Love Anthony

by Lisa Genova
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CapeCodder2 More than 1 year ago
Lisa Genova breaks new ground here, both in her own writing and in literature about autism in general. I won't summarize the novel as many reviews do, you can read that above. Suffice to say that if you're a fan of Genova's neuroscience-soaked novels, her third book provides a satisfying grown in what is becoming a one-woman genre. She compellingly and deftly places her characters into a richly drawn present-day Nantucket, one filled with the tension between its hard scrabble natives and slick, empire-looting upper class. But the focus here is placed squarely on the voice of Anthony, a haunting glimpse into the mind of an autistic boy, his connection to all of us, and the herculean inter strength required of unconditional love. When Genova writes "Three white, round perfectly smooth rocks fall into her lap. She smiles. Anthony's rocks. And three of them," one can feel the door opening into a new way of experiencing autism from the inside. Her third book is bound for the top of the New York Times charts it seems, like her first two books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very touching novel. I work with children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder and feel that Ms Genova really nailed how they percieve the world. I cried at the end. Beautifully written!! Love all of her books!!
bellevueblogger More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading "love anthony," the story of how having a child with autism can affect a family, but I did not feel that this book was as strong Genova's other two books. One subplot of a woman writing a book about autism was a stretch to believe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only a talented author like Lisa Genova could take this storyline and turn it into a beautiful novel. I loved how she portrayed the characters of Beth and Olivia, strong, courages, unbendable. Their husbands were just the opposite, when they felt the foundations of their marriage crumbling they were happy to leave their troubles behind. In Olivia's case, I can more or less understand. That a when a marriage suffers a tragedy, it either brings you closer or tears the marriage apart. Beth was faced with the daunting task of having to make a choice of whether to forgive her lying, cheating husband who was literally at her doorstep wanting to be taken into the folds of the family again or end the marriage. Would she ever trust him again. This book is not a page turner, instead in slowly draws you in and you will not let go of a single word, sentence, or page. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lisa Genova does it again. I absolutely loved each of her books and can't wait for her to dazzle us again with her unique approach to personifying neuroscience. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved every page of it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Lisa Genova's books, but this is by far my favorite. You have to read this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Agreat book enlightening in so many ways. If only more people could give and accept love. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Compelling and informative, this story works on so many levels. Anyone who has experience with autism will recognize a mother's hope and anguish. Anyone who loved "Still Alice" and "Left Neglected" will love this, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book heart warming and meaningful, with so much to learn from, as I did with STILL ALICE. Both books are a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very easy to read and somewhat touching, however, it was written so simply. There was no depth to it.
printress More than 1 year ago
Love Anthony is a beautiful book. It helped me to better understand friends who have severely disabled children and the power of their unconditional love. Written with a delicate hand, I've recommended the book to several people. Five Stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved the way Anthony came forward to Beth.I would have loved it more if I could have read the entire book but it kept recycling pages 238-241 over and over.I guess that I'll just have to go to the store and read the last 20 pages there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recommended. Lisa Genova's books are so well researched and deal with current, difficult to face topics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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KateUnger More than 1 year ago
This book blew me away. As Lisa Genova does in her other novels, she uses her medical background to create a rich story about characters dealing with brain illness: in this case, autism. This book alternates between two story lines that come together only briefly. Olivia has moved to Nantucket after the death of her son, Anthony, due to an autism-related seizure. She is mourning her loss and trying to find meaning in Anthony's life. Beth, another Nantucket resident, is struggling with her identity after her husband, Jimmy, admits to having an affair. She discovers her old writing notebooks in the attic and dives into writing a novel based on a short story she'd written years ago after seeing an autistic boy at the beach. Her book is written from the perspective of a mute, autistic boy, who very closely resembles Anthony, although she has never met him. The writing was fantastic. I enjoyed the stories of the two women, but what really captured my attention was Genova's insightful explanation of the autistic mind. Reading Anthony's words added a depth to autism that I never understood before. An autistic brain works in such a unique way. I won't spoil it by saying any more. I appreciated the parallel stories of Beth and Olivia dealing with their own grief and trying to sort out what to do next. I liked how both women turned to art to help with their healing: Beth to writing and Olivia to photography. Also, there was a spiritual, mystical element to the story that I enjoyed more than I expected I would. The story was a little predictable, but I didn't mind at all because the writing was so good. The whole book was so great. I loved every minute of it, and I blew through it in only a few sittings. http://www.momsradius.com/2015/10/book-review-love-anthony.html
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book because I read Ms. Geneva's book on Hunrington's Disease and loved it. I did not like this book nearly as much.
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crossword69 More than 1 year ago
Please read this nook. If you know a child diagnosed with autism, this is not an over-dramatized story. Beautiful and sensitive. Lisa Genova has become one of my newest favorites.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Some books only stir and tug at a reader’s heart, others, like Love Anthony, leave behind imprints of inspiration. This book focuses on two women in Nantucket, who are distraught and overwhelmed with grief. Beth Ellis is grieving from her husband’s infidelity and Olivia Donatelli from the loss of her son and her marriage. Beth and Olivia will eventually discover that they both hold close to their heart, a common bond. And it is through this tender bond that they will both find, their road to healing. Beth is a writer and is crafting a story about a child with autism. Her inspiration for this story came from a memory of a little boy whose excitement grew every time the ocean water splashed over his row of rocks. Olivia was an editor, or at least she used to work as one, but that was before her life began to unravel. Now, for at least the time being, she was staying in her Nantucket cottage; the one she kept when her marriage ended. It was what she wanted anyway. David could keep the house in Hingham; she didn’t care, it came with too many memories. She needed a rest from them, especially from the memory of that awful day when she lost Anthony.  Olivia wasn’t sure just how long she would stay in Nantucket. She knew eventually, she’d have to go back to work, but for the time being, she was going to try her hand at photography. Everyone it seemed wanted a family portrait here in Nantucket, on the beach. In fact, that’s how she met Beth Ellis. Beth hired her for her photography services. Lisa Genova has a talent for hooking the reader from the very beginning and placing them in the midst of all her characters’ lives. I know, I immediately cared for Beth and Olivia, and wanted to know more about them, but it was the little boy Anthony who really captured my heart. The author gives her readers a precious gift, the ability to see the world through an autistic child’s eyes: Anthony’s. No reader will be able to look at an autistic child the same way again because with each child, they’ll see Anthony, the boy they fell in love with and now understand. There is a mystical piece to the story, which may bother some readers. I loved it and felt that it only enhanced Lisa Genova’s story. I work every day with autistic children and found that the way the author decoded the mysteries of Autism for the reader was not only profound, but very accurate. I highly recommend adding this book to your library. If I could give it ten stars I would, it’s that good. Don’t miss it.
masslass12 More than 1 year ago
While I loved Lisa Genova's two other books, Still Alice and Left Neglected, I was very disappointed in Love Anthony.  To me it read more  like a romance novel than a book about a boy with autism.  When I read her books I want to learn about the neurological condition while enjoying a story centered around the disability.  If you like romance novels, you'll like this book.  If you're more comfortable in nonfiction,  then skip this story.  That said, I'm really looking forward to her next book due out next month.  
txgalBS More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because I have read Lisa Genova's other books and enjoyed her thoughtful writing and engaging story telling. This was one of the BEST books I have ever read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago