Release Date: 1st September 2016
Discover a unique, funny and moving debut that will make you laugh, cry and smile.
Meet thirtysomething 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.
Here was my initial review on goodreads:
I felt so touched by this book. It’s quite overwhelming to read about progress of a child when you work with children so similar on a daily basis. Let me give you a bit of background about me before I start my review. I’m a teaching assistant and work with autistic children daily in a mainstream school. I think this book really helped me to understand and help those children more!
At first I was just plain depressed whilst reading because those first few chapters talk about a really sad part of Alex’s life. It’s almost like his life is ruined, relationship down the pan, he doesn’t understand his own son and dreads taking him anywhere. It really gets quite sad. I could understand why Alex felt the way he did about his son, Sam, but it infuriated me how he wasn’t understanding of how Sam sees things.
This book definitely gets better as it goes along, Alex picks himself up and really tries with Sam and Jody to fit his life back together. The family dynamics are beautiful, tiring and upsetting at times. The character development that Alex goes through is unbelievable, he’s like a changed man by the end!
I want to say a massive thank you to Keith Stuart for writing this very honest book and helping me to understand autistic people even more. I picked up a lot of tips from this book and want to encourage EVERYONE to read it.