I just have to write about this amazing book by John Elder Robison. “Look Me in The Eye” is the story of a man who has Asperger’s. The story is touching, laugh out loud and at the same time hard to read. John didn’t understand why people didn’t want to be his friend, why they found him odd or why he saw the world in a different way.
As an adult, he learns that there is a name for his “oddness”, Asperger’s. That comes late in the story though. The book is mostly about his childhood, the years he worked for KISS and how he related to the world around him. He is extremely smart but wasn’t able to finish high school. Yet, he manages to survive a difficult, abusive childhood and emerge as a father, husband and successful business owner.
I loved the book for two reasons. First, it was just a really excellent story. I was captivated from page one and hooked by the end of the chapter. Robison’s style is matter of fact with humour and wonder scattered throughout.
The other reason I loved the book was because it reveals so much about what is going on inside his head. I feel like I understand my own child better. He doesn’t have Asperger’s but is reluctant to give & maintain eye contact. It also gives me so much hope that he, like John, will be able to cope with his differences and succeed in life.
The book will be available in paperback in September 2008. This one earns 5 Crayons out of 5.