on Nov. 29, 2012 :
The book gets four stars for plot and two stars for character development. Everyone other than Jeremy and PO Salter might just as well be cardboard.
Also, please do not think that if you read this book that you will know what autistic people are like. Jermey doesn't have a "form of autism." Jeremy does have developmental delays, but so do people with Downs, with mental retardation and a hundred other conditions.
People do not develop autism as a result of an illness. Autism is present from birth and it is a difference in brain structure. If it's not present from birth, it's not autism. If he could speak till he was 10, and lost his speech because of an illness, that's not autism.
Jeremy's rich language-based thinking is not at all consistent with autism. That would be why, in the words of the author, "it appears like autism but we never got a definitive diagnosis."
I would like to see the "autism" tag removed. It's inappropriate.
(review of free book)