Mindblind

Mindblind

by Jennifer Roy

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ISBN-13: 9781477817124
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Pages: 254
Sales rank: 563,478
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 12 - 14 Years

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Mindblind 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For Nathaniel, a 14-year-old with Asperger's Syndrome, life can be confusing, like when he's trying to figure out how he feels about his friend Jessa or when he's dealing with his dad (who does NOT understand about Asperger's). But there are lot of things Nathaniel's good at, like playing the keyboards in the band he's formed with his friends and complex mathematic computations. When Nathaniel is turned down from a prestigious school for geniuses, he begins to wonder how he can make his mark on the world. I dunno, this one was okay, but I just wasn't compelled along Nathaniel's journey. I did quite like Ms. Roy's portrayal of Nathaniel when the world becomes overwhelming and he turns inside himself. But overall, I felt like there wasn't a compelling enough conflict to keep things moving. Ms. Roy tries to do a lot with Nathaniel - his quest for genius-hood, his feelings for girls, dealing with his father. It feels like she tried to do too much with Nathaniel and as a result, all of the plot lines felt a bit shallow.More compelling YA/tween books about autistic/Aspie characters include The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd, Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin, Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine, and the Emma Jean Lazarus books by Lauren Tarshis.
elizardkwik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nathaniel Clark is 14 2/3 years old. He has an IQ of 182, several degrees, writes papers in Chinese, and is at work on solving some serious mathematical problems, but does not consider himself a genius because he has not contributed anything to the world yet. Nathaniel also has Asberger's, which means he relates to the world a little differently than everyone else. His neighbor makes sure he gets some socialization with his peers by inviting him to be part of their band, which turns out to have a big impact on Nathaniel's genius status, as well as his love life. Nathaniel stores his memories in mental computer files, (and he never forgets anything) so all his flashbacks are in that format. He also has to deal with divorced (and one remarried) parents.All of the characters in this book felt real and it was definitely a look at life through Nathaniel's eyes. It was an interesting and thought provoking book with enough forward action to make it flow. Recommended to fans of other books about those on the autism spectrum (Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Marcelo in the Real World, London Eye Mystery) or music or even math.
lilibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nathaniel Gideon Clark has Asperger's syndrome, and is on the autism scale. This book tells,from his point of view, how he adjusts to deal with the real world on a day-to-day basis. The author, who has a child with the same diagnosis, inserts a great deal of factual information, and lets Nathaniel explain how hard it is for him to interact with people and deal with a variety of stimuli while trying to meet his own, and other peoples' expectations of him.
dste on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought that Mindblind was alright. I enjoyed the glimpse into the life of a boy with Asperger's, and during and directly after the party scene I was really feeling the tension. I did think, though, that the plot was a bit too simple and not as interesting as it could have been. I feel like the author was depending upon the main character's syndrome to keep interest up throughout the book, and that didn't completely cut it for me. I also thought that all the kids rocking out to the algebra song was stretching reality, and that the wrapping up of the "genius" plot line at the end was a bit too forced. I thought that more of the plot could have centered around the father, as well, and was disappointed that he proved to be a static character to the end. It could have been a better book if it had really delved into the family issues here.
RefPenny on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nathaniel Clark is fourteen and two thirds and says he is not a genius because he hasn¿t made a significant contribution to the world. He does, however have an IQ of 182, several degrees and . . . Aspergers. Nathaniel is in a band and has a crush on a girl but when things get too much he retreats to his inner `Aspie¿ world and solves complex mathmatical problems.This is a great book to give you an insight into what it can be like to have Aspergers. The author has a son with Aspergers and she insinuates a lot of information into the course of the story but it is also a great read. The characters are realistic, as are the situations depicted, and you grow to really care about Nathaniel. This book would suit teens who enjoy reading realistic fiction about people and relationships.
EdGoldberg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Jennifer Roy's Mindblind, 15 year old Nicholas has Aspberger's Syndrome. Whereas in Kathryn Erskine's Mockingbird, Caitlin is 11 years old and her special interest is dictionaries, in Mindblind 15 year old Nicholas has an aptitude for mathematics. (Although he doesn't fit the formal definition of genius, of which he is obsessed, Nicholas comes darn close.) There is a huge maturation that occurs between 11/12 year olds and 15/16 year olds, so while in Mockingbird, Caitlin is trying to figure out what is socially acceptable and what isn't, Nicholas has it pretty well sorted out. Whether he acts on it or not seems to be a conscious decision on his part.While in both books, the community at large is accepting of its 'Aspies', the big difference between the books is that Nicholas' father can't accept what Nicholas is. Despite his aversion to crowds and loud noises, his father wants Nicholas to be a normal teenager and forces him to go to a party. The fact that Nicholas has friends (whereas Caitlin was still working on that) and is relatively normal doesn't satisfy his father. You can imagine the results. As with Kathryn Erskine's story, Roy reiterates that with early detection and intervention (in this case, from Nicholas' mother), Nicholas is a 'normal' or in his words 'neurotypical' teen. Roy, too, has created characters that readers can relate to, want to relate to, want to meet and get to know. I'm glad I read Mockingbird first and Mindblind second because I can now imagine how Caitlin turns out and that adds a special element to the story.The merits of both Roy's and Erskine's books are too numerous to mention. The writing, the story, the characters all shine. Bringing Asperger's Syndrome to the forefront, as does Francisco X. Stork in Marcelo in the Real World (I just had to mention him again) does a tremendous service. These three books form an Asperger's Syndrome Triumvirate and should be on everyone's reading list. Educate yourself while giving yourself a treat and read Mockingbird, Mindblind and Marcelo in the Real World. (I wonder if there's any significance to the fact that the titles of these books begins with the letter "M"?
lauriebrown54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nathaniel Clark is fourteen and a college graduate taking a year off before graduate school. He has an off the charts IQ, taught himself Mandarin Chinese when he was four, and is on the `autistic end of Asperger¿s¿. He spends a lot of time happily alone ¿ he was home schooled ¿ but has in the flesh friends. He¿s in a band. And he¿s trying to become a genius, because, despite his high IQ, he can¿t be a genius until he contributes something to society. This book takes him through some regular teenage things- first crush, a party he really shouldn¿t (and didn¿t want to be) be at, misunderstandings. There is no great plot, but he grows emotionally. I enjoyed the novel, but it has its flaws. The characters, except for his lout of a father (who doesn¿t believe in the existence of Asperger¿s syndrome) ¿ who he thankfully only sees on weekends- are pretty perfect. They are totally supportive and accepting of Nathaniel¿s quirks. They seem to have no real lives or problems of their own, no development, but just exist as props in Nathaniel¿s life. His mother, who seems to have no emotions except for love for her son, is always there, never frustrated, never upset (except with her ex), and seems to exist for her son. She, like the friends, is perfect. I¿m a little suspicious that the mother is a Mary Sue, the author having a son with Asperger¿s. I¿m sure she hopes to be the good mother than Nathaniel¿s mother is; I¿m also sure she hopes that her son¿s life is navigated as smoothly (for the most part) that Nathaniel¿s is; I hope so, too. Or perhaps this isn¿t a flaw; perhaps these people are so flat because Nathaniel, mindblind to others thoughts and emotions, sees them that way. There are some brilliant bits. Showing Nathaniel organizing his mind in the form of computer files is great, both in the idea and in the delivery. The part where he has an episode of mania is so well done that you feel manic yourself reading it; you don¿t really catch your breath until it winds down into hypomania and then finally normalcy. This is a book, I think, that would work well for tweens, but doesn¿t really hold up for adults (not that it¿s meant to).
SpartanReading More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The cover is beautiful This book really blew my mind. I love it so much.