06 February 2015

Best Boy; Eli Gottlieb

Best BoyBest Boy by Eli Gottlieb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is being touted as a new Curious Incident but it really isn't - this centers on an adult who has been in an assisted living home for over 40 years and his life, not a boy solving a mystery. There's also a lot less of the ticks that we've become accustomed to when talking about those with autism (or Asperger's). Todd does talk about the "volts" in his head, and lives a relatively regulated life, but he's a respected elder in his community. There is one goal: to go home, where he grew up and felt enveloped in his mother's love (dad? that was another question... as is his older brother, who now has oversight over Todd).

This will be a spoiler-free review, so I'll leave it there. Let's just say that Todd is a well-rounded creation and his life is a fuller one that we usually read about when reading about those in these types of books. There are a few moments when I thought this was stereotypical, but overall, a five-star read.

ARC provided by publisher.

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