Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Thoughts on "Mindblind"

Hola Readers!

Happy Wedneday. You know what Wednesday means, right? Most importantly, it means that Friday is only TWO DAYS AWAY! But it also means that I finished “Mindblind” three weeks ago, and now I have a review to share with you.

Fourteen-year-old Nathaniel Clark is in a rock band, has a crush on his mom’s best friend’s daughter, and gets wildly drunk at his first high school party. He also learned to read at age three, has already completed high school and college, and is filling out his grad school applications. Nathaniel has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of Autism, so even though he has a memory like a computer, he has trouble understanding and engaging in social interactions and doesn’t always quite understand how to relate to other “neurotypical” kids his age.

As someone who has spent the last three years of my life studying cognitive communication disorders like Asperger’s Syndrome, I enjoyed this book. Jennifer Roy did an excellent job of portraying Nathaniel realistically, while also making him entirely likeable and relatable.

“Mindblind” is an excellent example of diverse YA lit, and I wouldn’t hesitate to suggest it any reader.

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