“Life is an adventure, not a walk. That’s why it’s difficult.”
Alex’s life is falling apart. He works at a job he despises, he’s just walked out on his wife, but above all else, he doesn’t know how to be a father to his son, Sam, a lonely eight-year-old boy on the autism spectrum. But, just when it seems like things can’t get any worse, Sam becomes obsessed with a computer game; one which will help him better understand the world, and in turn, help Alex better understand his own son.
A Boy Made of Blocks is one of those books that you just want to keep reading for as long as possible. It has such heart to it, that, from the first page, it’s clear Kevin Stuart has put a lot of himself into this book. The result is a wonderfully thoughtful, but honest, look at how autism affects both those who have it, and those around them.
I feel that reading this book gave me a better understanding of what life on the spectrum must be like, and not only that, it did so in a way that really highlighted how, while being autistic can mean struggling to understand the world on a daily basis, it can also be an incredibly beautiful way of looking at that world.
And I think that comes across, because Stuart doesn’t want us to pity Sam, he wants us to understand him, and see what a kind-hearted boy he is. That’s a side of autism I haven’t seen explored in literature before, and it was honestly such a joy to read.
A Boy Made of Blocks is out September 1st.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.