Summary: Catherine is 12-years-old and her brother has autism. She’s torn between helping her brother and figuring out her own life. Because her brother struggles with understanding social cues due to his condition, Catherine makes a list of “rules” for her brother to follow to help him cope. While attending one of her brother’s therapy sessions, Catherine meets Jason in the waiting room and eventually becomes friends with him even though Catherine at first has a hard time relating to him because he is confined to a wheelchair and has to point at cards with words on them in order to communicate since he can’t talk. Their friendship continues to grow, but as it does Catherine becomes even more torn between hanging out with the new girl down the street, helping her brother, and getting to know Jason.
Six Word Review: Contains a valuable lesson for life.
I started reading because: I wanted to know more about what it’s like to live with autism.
I would give this book 7/10 stars because it is for slightly younger kids, but I still think it’s an important book to read because it let’s you see things from the perspective of people you don’t always get to hear from.
I loved Catherine’s character. She has a really great list of rules. The world would be a better place if everyone followed Catherine’s rules. I hated the length. I almost wish it could have been just a little longer.
If Catherine was in a high school yearbook, she would be voted Most Likely To: Attend Art College.
Anything else we should know? The book is only about 200 pages and the reading level is a bit lower than high school level so it’s a pretty quick read if you’re really busy with homework and just want to sit and enjoy a book.
–Regina, West Seattle, Teen Blogger