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Kids Like Us

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Stirring, romantic first-love tale of boy with autism.

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Hilary Reyl's first teen novel brims with hope and heartache, exploring complex ideas about identity, relationships, and uncertainty through a boy on the autism spectrum who has a rich inner life. Kids Like Us is an insightful look at how our interior lives influence the way we engage with the world at large, for better and for worse. Martin has a distinctive voice, yet any reader can relate to his concerns: reconciling fantasy with reality, trying to fit in, worrying about how he's perceived, figuring out how to connect with others. Especially poignant are the glimpses of how hard he and his family work to help Martin unlock himself, from his mother's yoga breaths to his beloved father's devotion and their fierce support of his unique view of the world. Reyl skillfully weaves in themes and symbolism from Proust, infusing the book with complex layers of meaning. Kids who love literature will revel in Martin's adoration for Proust -- and might discover him themselves.

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