Remember how I said that I was enjoying everything I’ve read as of lately? Well this one was no exception to that! This was say first Shay savage book and it definitely won’t be my last!
This book in one sentence: This was a must read I didn’t know I needed!
I received an ARC of this book and I didn’t have a clue what it was about until I opened it up! Once I read that it was about a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome, a girl who pulls him out of his isolated existence, and a lottery ticket that changes their lives, I was all in! From what I could see around, this book was different from her other books, but because of her character development, story line, and writing style, I’m more than ready to pick up her other ones!
Our main character Matthew is different and he’s very much aware of it. Simple things that most may take for granted pose as a challenge for him. Matthew displays many charcteristics that an individual with Asperger’s may exhibit and one of those characteristics is that he’s reluctant to change. With that in mind, in this story many things change when he’s forced to pair with a new lab partner, Mayra, a beautiful, popular girl. At first he wasn’t too keen about changing from his regular partner, but as time goes on his routine starts to change for the better and Matthew starts to grow closer to Mayra. The friendship and trust between them grows and as it does Matthew finds out alot about himself and realizes
One thing I loved most about this story was the characters! They were each both so great and authentic! It was so very interesting to watch this story unfold through Matthew’s eyes and Mayra was one my favorites because her character was so incredibly caring and sweet! Other characters within the story also played a part and I enjoyed them immensely as well. These characters caused the storyline to be something lovely within its own. This book wasn’t emotionally draining and was just a good read! It was adorable, sweet, and incredibly different.
I think that one of the most important things to note is that Shay is yet another wonderful author to shed light on Autism! My younger brother has Asperger’s syndrome and this one most definitely hit home for me. I think that Matthew was an incredible representation and this book definitely gave me some kind of insight on what may be going through my brother’s mind! I appreciate any kind of book that brings awareness to Autism and the like and this one was definitely special!
You win some days; you lose others. That’s just how it works.
In short: This is an amazing, touching story that will also shed so much light to Autism while giving you a heartwarming story!