Release date - 1st September
Book length - 400 pages
Available on - www.amazon.com | www.amazon.co.uk
Alex's life has always been a struggle. He has struggled with guilt since his brother died when they were children. He has struggled in a job he hates. He has struggled in his marriage with Jody. And he has struggled with his relationship with his eight-year-old son Sam, who is autistic. In his thirties, his life seems to have imploded. Jody requests a trial separation, he has been made redundant, and he is sleeping on an air bed in his best friends spare room. And as time passes, Alex fears that he will never get a grip on his life.
When Jody needs Alex to step up and spend more time with Sam, Alex is terrified. Terrified that he will do the wrong thing and upset Sam, terrified that he won't be able to handle it if Sam has a meltdown, and terrified that he will never find a way to connect with his little boy. He longs to solve the puzzle that is Sam and worries that that will never happen. When Sam takes an interest in a video game called Minecraft, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel, even though there are bumps along the road. But as Alex begins to understand a little bit about his son's world, he soon realises that they are not that different - they both want control over every element of their lives, they both struggle with the realities they are faced with, and they both love with everything that they have, even if it is lost in translation sometimes. With new schools, disastrous play-dates, camping trips, friendship, and the possibility of re-entering the dating scene, Alex starts to learn about himself, but will he be able to find his way back to his family? Or is it just too late?
A BOY MADE OF BLOCKS by Keith Stuart is a powerful and emotional novel that kept me gripped from the very beginning. Showing us a snippet of what life is like for so many on the spectrum - the frustrations and the joys - this story will make you smile and well-up in equal measure. I was so invested in these characters that I could not sleep until I finished it (3am!). Alex and Jody are exhausted with life and as they spend time apart, they are forced to figure out what it is they both want. Sam and Alex's journey as they try to bond is truly a beautiful thing to behold and I cannot convey properly, how compelling this novel is, so my advice is read it! A BOY MADE OF BLOCKS by Keith Stuart is a poignant story about love and family. It could be anyone's family, yours, a neighbour's, a friend's, but in the end, we are all just shapes and colours, as Sam would say, trying to build our lives block by block.
BOOK RATING - 📖📖📖📖📖 5+
Keith Stuart is games editor at the Guardian. He started out as writer and features editor on the highly influential magazine Edge before going freelance in 2000 to cover games culture for publications such as The Official PlayStation Magazine, PC Gamer and T3, as well as investigating digital and interactive art for Frieze. He also writes about music, film and media for the Guardian and is a regular on the Tech Weekly podcast. He is married with two sons. He lives in Somerset. For more information:
Website - www.boymadeofblocks.com
Twitter - twitter.com/keefstuart?lang=en
*Book received from Netgalley.com
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