So touching. This is a story that must be read! So many people are affected with the challenges of autism. I’m a HUGE Ginger Scott fan and you should be too. The story of Max is amazingly told. If you think about ten people you know I can guarantee that more than half know or are related to someone with autism. The main character is Avery. Her brightness is shown in many ways throughout the novel. She totally gets that Max is a genius with certain things he likes, like astronomy. He will not show emotion, being love, sadness or happiness. One of the spectrum’s in autism has to do with certain personality aspects. So where Max loves to look at the stars, visit a planetarium or read about Mars, he wont joyfully jump at an ice cream.
I hoped that when Mason, who comes back from being on tour with his band, has an effect on Avery and while maybe he did the big effect was on Max. The thinking and feeling aspect of Max’s issue causes distress for Mason. Mason doesnt get what autism is, but one miraculous day Max responds to Mason’s guitar.
The BEST part of the book is when Mason goes above and outside his comfort zone to find a way to interact with Max. It is so special. When they do connect i cry, you will cry boo hoo. Then when you find out why Avery is divorced you will get MAD! I wanted a to torture someone with a pair of tweezers. Ive thought about that part saying maybe, just maybe writing Avery’s divorce was the hardest part. YES I think it must have been. While Max is in his routine, regimented on a time clock, his Dad is living the life.It goes beyond anger for me.
Mason, rock guy, hottie ya know him? hhmmm yummo, anyways he goes to Max’s school. He gets into the office and weasels his way into a guest spot of music starring himself. SWOON He goes to play at the kindegarten class. Now Max is in love with Mason, I am in love with Mason, the faculty at the school is in love with Mason…ha swoon
PLEASE fall in love with Max like I did. It is a very socially relevant issue. I know when people see kids with a temper tantrum the first thing they do is look at them. The issues here with Max are more than a tantrum. Avery has a best friend in Claire and she knows that Claire is better at some things than she is. It is painful but Avery depends on Claire, wants Claire to find a love life, but doesnt want to lose the support she gets with Max.
Then there is Avery’s dad, yet another character he own Dust’s a bar where Mason got his start. He cares a lot for Mason and gladly takes him in when he returns. The dynamic between all of them living together starts the romance aspect.
It is a modern day family story that I know everyone will enjoy. There is just so much to love.