A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart 3.5/5
Alex loves his family, and yet he struggles to connect with his eight-year-old autistic son, Sam. The strain has pushed his marriage to the breaking point. So Alex moves in with his merrily irresponsible best friend on the world’s most uncomfortable blow-up bed.
As Alex navigates single life, long-buried family secrets, and part-time fatherhood, his son begins playing Minecraft. Sam’s imagination blossoms and the game opens up a whole new world for father and son to share. Together, they discover that sometimes life must fall apart before you can build a better one.
Inspired by the author’s own relationship with his autistic son, A Boy Made of Blocks is a tear-jerking, funny, and, most, of all true-to-life novel about the power of difference and one very special little boy.
Thanks to Little Brown Book Group UK and Netgalley for giving me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
A Boy Made of Blocks is due for release on September 1st 2016.
A heartwarming and sometimes heart breaking read. A father who desperately wants to connect with his autistic son, Sam, and mend his failing marriage, but prioritises work over his family life. This, in turn, adds pressure on his struggling wife who is at the end of her tether and asks Alex for a trial separation.
The narrative is told from Alex’s POV and is a very raw, real portrayal of a father who struggles with the daily life of having an autistic son. Alex has anxiety about being alone with his son because he believes his wife is the only one able to control Sam, but Jodi needs Alex to make an effort. She needs them to be a team and not face the struggles of day to day life alone. However, Alex finally manages to connect with Sam through a popular video game. Stuart captures the beautiful relationship that blossoms between father and son.
The author has an autistic son, so although Alex’s story is fictional, the narrative is written with experience and understanding. It took me a while to read as it is slow paced, but a lot of love has been poured into this book and as a reader you can certainly feel it.
I couldn’t give this book 4 stars as it didn’t pull me in to the point where I was desperate to finish it, but it was well written and honest.
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