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532 pages, Hardcover
First published March 2, 2010
*Sparks' books are still ones that I have no intention of ever reading. I watched 'A Walk to Remember' and 'The Notebook'. That's enough for one lifetime. There's like 50 movies based on his books now or something, and you know they're scraping the bottom of the barrel when Miley Cyrus is the best they can get to
"True confession number four: I don't sit around thinking about having kids, normally, but when I do it scares the shit out of me. What if my own son winds up being like Jacob? I’ve already spent my whole childhood dealing with autism; I don’t know if I can handle doing it for the rest of my life."This is a superficially selfish thought, yes, but then I read the subtext to be that he's assuming he'd be around to take care of any kid of his who has autism. He'd stick it out, not leave like his own father did. He'd try to do the right thing, even if he doubts his abilities to do it. It makes me proud of him, and sad for him, at the same time. Because he's lived on the sidelines of autism for his whole life already. His childhood was constantly colored by the routines and the contingencies and the chaos of his brother's condition. To never have "normality" would have to be a terrifying, daunting thought.
"He has Asperger's syndrome.
I've heard the term, but I'm not about to pretend I'm an expert. "So he's autistic?"
"Technically, yes, but not in a Rain Man kind of way. He's very high-functioning.
- p. 176.
"I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. That's Asperger's. Sometimes Jacob seems totally normal -- brilliant even -- and sometimes the tiniest thing can set him off into a full-fledged fit."
- p. 195.