Kids Like Us
A tender, smart, and romantic YA novel from debut author Hilary Reyl, about an autistic boy who falls in love
Martin is an American teen on the autism spectrum living in France with his mom and sister for the summer. He falls for a French girl who he thinks is a real-life incarnation of a character in his favorite book. Over time Martin comes to realize she is a real person and not a character in a novel while at the same time learning that love is not out of his reach.
Praise forKids Like Us:
“The most original voice sinceThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttimetells the most radiantly human love story sinceEleanor & Park.Reyl's extraordinary YA debut isn’t just a book you read; this is one of those rare books that reaches in deep and writes you back.” —Margaret Stolh, co-author of the #1New York Timesand international bestsellerBeautiful Creatures
“Martin’s childhood memories, such as his parents’ early distress at his diagnosis. . . blend seamlessly into the narrative, while Martin’s reflections on 'the neurodiversity movement,' and efforts to 'cure' autism raise thought-provoking ethical questions.” —Publishers Weekly,starred review
“Reyl movingly captures the point of view of a person who sees the world in a completely different way. Her writing is lucid and luminous, and the first-person narrative has a cinematic quality as Martin processes the world around him. Charming, thoughtful Martin is easy to root for, and readers will cheer as he triumphs over obstacles.” —Booklist,starred review
“Martin’s been deeply loved if not always understood, and his memories, thought processes, and discussions inspire the kinds of productive reimagining that makes calls for inclusive neurocosmopolitanism more than wishful thinking; the book’s indebtedness to Proust goes beyond lyrical phrases to a thematic embrace of the slow savoring of the richness of human experience. In the end, however, it is Martin’s ability to move beyond “things past” to the possibilities that open up whenyou accept yourself and others that gives this wise story its resonance.” —The Bulletin,starred review