Moving story for everyone--particularly for insights into boys, autistic teens
I read this book myself to see if my son is ready for it -- he's not (age 11) but I can't wait until he's in high school and can enjoy this powerful glimpse into the mind of a teenage boy with autism. There aren't enough books that pay attention to the emotional lives of boys, and Marcello is a kind and thoughtful boy thrust into the "real world." Because his autistic brain keeps him from understanding all the lying and manipulative actions of those in the law firm where he interns, the reader is able to see the danger of his situations before he does. This can be really powerful for teens to read and discuss, imagining what they might do in these situations. There are very mature topics -- it hints at rape/issues of consent, sexual harassment, and explicitly discusses the ways that people and organizations lie to avoid costly lawsuits. The positive messages far outweigh any concerns about language-my rating is entirely based on the subject matter aimed at older kids, not middle schoolers. So this would be ideal for high school students, particularly if they could discuss in a class group or with parents.
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Positive role models