#bookreview: A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

About The Book…

A Boy Made of Blocks coverFormat: E-book (Kindle)
Publisher: Sphere

Published: 1st September 2016
Pages: 400 Pages

The Blurb
Discover a unique, funny and moving debut that will make you laugh, cry and smile.

Meet thirty-something dad, Alex
He loves his wife Jody, but has forgotten how to show it. He loves his son Sam, but doesn’t understand him. Something has to change. And he needs to start with himself.

Meet eight-year-old Sam
Beautiful, surprising, autistic. To him the world is a puzzle he can’t solve on his own.

But when Sam starts to play Minecraft, it opens up a place where Alex and Sam begin to rediscover both themselves and each other …

Can one fragmented family put themselves back together, one piece at a time?

Inspired by the author’s experiences with his own son, A Boy Made of Blocks is an astonishingly authentic story of love, family and autism.

Purchase the book: Amazon UK | Book Depository


The Review

Thank you to Sphere for sending me a copy of A Boy Made of Blocks to read and review.

Alex and Jody have a beautiful son called Sam, but he’s different to other children, he has Autism. To Sam, social situations are scary and uninviting, and the solace of his bedroom, whilst playing Minecraft, are when he is most calm.

A Boy Made of Blocks is an honest account of a family living with Autism, as well as, one parent trying to deal with the death of their sibling, George. Two very emotional situations that Alex needs to talk about with Jody, trouble is Jody needs space and requests a separation.

For the first few chapters, I was expecting the novel to be quite a hard thing to read. I can imagine Autism takes a lot of patience and strength for those involved and I suspect the novel would be quite hard-hitting. However, Keith adds a level of humour (in the right places) with the inclusion of character’s Dan and Emma. Dan is the best friend who lets Alex stay in his spare room, albeit on a blow-up bed and Emma is his travelling sister, who pops home to the UK for a quick stop.

During the story, Sam becomes addicted to a computer game called Minecraft. He wants to play it 24/7, and for any other parent this would be a very bad thing. However, Sam becomes a different person and actually feels comfortable in the Minecraft world. The game brings the whole family together and highlights the fact that just because Sam has Autism doesn’t make him any different from other children. Everyone, regardless of age, struggles with things and Alex realises that and actually enjoys the time he spends with Sam, they’re a great partnership.

I haven’t rated a book five stars for a while now, but I can honestly say A Boy Made of Blocks deserve each and everyone one of them.


clare

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