A single mom struggles to solve the puzzle of a son with Asperger's syndrome in this touching, winsome comic melodrama.
Rory Falcon is a bundle of exasperating eccentricities-perpetual pacing, mile-a-minute talkativeness, an obsession with lawn mowers and antique gas cans, an incorrigible refusal to follow instructions or tolerate constraints-combined with a good heart that only his adoptive mother Archer can see. But as he pushes 16 years old, his quirks escalate to drinking, joyriding and muscular rages that can end with him blackening his mom's eye. Archer, a frantically multitasking lawyer who's up for a judgeship, blames her mothering skills for Rory's behavior because there's no one else to blame-least of all her ex-husband Wayne, a whiny man-child still looking to break into a theater career. Then Rory and a high-school hellion named Trish hare off in a stolen car to find Rory's birth mother, and Archer embarks on a journey to recover her son and unearth buried family secrets that stretch all the way back to the Salem Witch Trials. In this entertaining dysfunction romp, the authors cut the pathos with tart humor and vivid characterizations. Hurricane Rory is an indelible portrait of a high-functioning autistic kid who's both off-putting and magnetic; veering between wild, foul-mouthed tantrums, plangent sweetness and locked-down obliviousness, he's as much a mystery to himself as to everyone else. Archer is another vibrant tangle of contradictions; determined to play the stalwart authority figure, she feels like a wreck and a failure-a tiger mom who is nonetheless in serious danger of collapsing in vodka-soaked sniffles into the arms of a comforting teenager. As she walks a fraying maternal tightrope-with plenty of pratfalls-Lewis and Faircloth give readers a hilarious and moving study of familial love that's all the stronger for its conflicts and misgivings.
A funny, frazzled tale of extreme parenting.
Lewis, Joanne and Amy Faircloth
March 24, 2011
|Publisher:||Joanne Lewis an imprint of Telemachus Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The basic story is about a single mother raising her adopted Special Needs son. Her son has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism. When he decides to go looking for his birth parents mother and son embark on an adventure that ultimately brings them closer together. There are several points that make this a "must read" story. First, the authors do an excellent job of creating "real" characters. These people have flaws but we are cheering for them anyway. We identify with them. Secondly, by placing a special needs teen as a leading character we indirectly learn about autism while being entertained. It brings a misunderstood experience into our own realm of understanding thereby helping to break the social stigma. Third, the authors weave other real-life issues into the plot which not only makes the story more real but offers many different topics of discussion for book clubs and reading groups. This is a fun book. It has drama, mystery and humor. It weaves in a little history. And I hear it is the first book of a series so it offers us continued reading :)
The tension in the air from this story is palpable. Reading this I wanted to punch, hug, cry, tell off the different characters. The relationships pull you in that much. The story is compelling and I like how she worked in The Perfect Storm (another really good book, not movie). Looking forward to more from this dynamic duo.
All Rory wanted was for everything to be "Wicked Good!" This powerful story is about Archer Falcon, a single mom, and her special son, Rory, who has Asperger's syndrome. See what issues they must contend with in their everyday lives as mom tries to hold down her lawyer position and possibly advance, plus trying to deal with Rory and his sudden interest in finding out his roots since he is an adopted child. On a daily basis it's one situation after another that challenges them both on a personal level. Alcoholism, depression, teenage pregnancy, and abuse are just some of the subjects touched on as you travel through this story. Come on their winding journey as they figure out how to handle their lives in the best way that they know how with alot of love and support from family and friends. This story engages you right from the very beginning. You are drawn into these character's lives and you just have to keep turning those pages in order to find out what is going to go on next. These authors did an excellent job with the dialogue and descriptions that keep the story moving at a very quick and steady pace. I've never read any stories with this type of situation as the background, but found this one to be very interesting and enjoyable at the same time. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction filled with characters dealing with alot of personal issues and medical conditions. This book was kindly provided to me by it's wonderful authors for my honest review.
Ah, Wicked Good was just that, wicked good. I don't usually request books that are intended to tug at the reader's heartstrings because, frankly, I'm quite sure my anatomy is lacking them. This tends to result in a poor review for a book that's probably excellent, but just doesn't resonate with me. To my surprise, though, I thought Wicked Good was fantastic. I couldn't put it down (except to read another book for Judas, I mean Jess). I may have even been a little teary-eyed during some parts, but you'll never be able to substantiate that testimony. Overall, I was really impressed with the authors' writing quality. There are a few elements in Wicked Good that have the potential to put a damper on the real story (like history blurbs), but the authors skillfully weave the various threads of this story together, while still preserving the raw emotions that spill from every page. (Oh, come on! Now, you have to read this. I never write anything that pitiful!) Anyway, you'll love Archer; she is easily my favorite character. She is driven to the brink of insanity throughout a good portion of the book. Although it's totally understandable, it often seems slightly pathetic, but I loved watching her rise above it all. Personally, I felt that the book was more about Archer's journey than Rory's and I think that makes it even more compelling. You have to read Wicked Good. Other than my boyfriend's roommate, who I have lingering suspicions about, I don't personally know anyone with autism. Actually, there aren't many circumstances in this book at all that I can relate to, but it was so superbly written that I felt as if I was along for the ride anyway. Debut novel? I don't believe you, ladies. Reviewed by Brittany for Book Sake.
Wicked Good is an amazing book. It is funny, informative, sad, real and uplifting. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys character-driven novels that you cannot put down. This is a great book for book clubs.