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18 January 2017

Blog Tour: Review: A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

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.

When Sam starts to play Minecraft, it opens up a place where Alex and Sam begin to rediscover both themselves and each other . . . When life starts to tear one family apart, can they put themselves back together, one piece at a time?

A Boy Made of Blocks is a beautiful, funny and heartwarming story of family and love inspired by the author's own experiences with his son.

Source: Blog Tour | Review Consideration

5 Words: Family, love, learning, hope, Minecraft.

When I finished this book, I actually struggled to review it.

Because all I wanted to do was play Minecraft.

I have to be honest, Alex is a bit of a douche. And he's a pretty useless one at that. He's so selfish that I found it hard to sympathise with what he was going through. But Sam? Oh man. Sam didn't just tug at my heartstrings, he pretty much ripped them out.

I wish that I had been able to experience Jody's side of the story, because even though we don't see her much I was drawn to her.

The characters are excellent and I was surprised at the emotions they provoked. I read this book slowly and savoured each page.

A Boy Made of Blocks is not an easy read. It's not light hearted and uplifting. But it is accessible in it's style and you'll likely learn something. I don't have much personal experience with autism, what very little I knew was because of my friend's brother. A side effect of this story is the educational aspect, and it wasn't something I realised until the end.

This book was a bit of a struggle at times, and I had to read it slowly, but it was absolutely worth it.

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