A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

Setting: England
Genre: General Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: September 6, 2016

Alex's wife's kicked him out. Their son, Sam, is autistic and Alex has a hard time relating to him. He tends to avoid things by working long hours. Jody's sick of being the only one actually parenting Sam. She kicks Alex out and suggests he figure himself out.

After moving into his best friend's flat, things go from bad to worse. Alex's employer downsizes and he's one of the employees to get laid off. He has three months of paid salary and another three getting half of what he was making. It buys him some time. The problem is that Alex hated his job and has never really figured out what he wants to do with his life.

Over the weeks and months that follow, Alex begins to really get to know his son. What he finds about his son, and himself, will change both of their lives.

Strengths and Weaknesses

I have very limited exposure to people with autism, short of what you see on TV or in movies. Keith Stuart used his experience raising an autistic son to create Sam. I fell in love with Sam. He was honest, charming, and so very likable.

As you get to know Alex, you understand why he is like he is. My heart broke for him. While he may already be a grown man, A Boy Made of Blocks became his coming of age story. I laughed with him, I cried with him, and I often cheered him and Sam on from the sidelines. I have nothing but high praise for this feel-good story.

RTR's Bottom Line

Taking a page from things my mom would say growing up - This is bloody brilliant! I am overjoyed that A Boy Made of Blocks found its way into my inbox. Keith Stuart's book fascinated me from start to finish. I was sad when it was over. I wasn't ready to part ways with this charming family. Keith Stuart has another book coming out next year and I can't wait!


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