Book Review : A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

Thank you to Clara at Little Brown for giving me the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for a review. The Blog Tour starts on the 16th of January but as I’ve already finish the book, I thought I’d put my review up now and prepare a post next week!

Read between: 30th December 2016- 5th January 2017.

Number of pages: 416

Published: 2016

Published by: Sphere

Synopsis: Meet thirty something dad, Alex. He loves his wife Jody, but has forgotten how to show it. He loves his son Sam, but doesn’t understand him. Something has to change.

Meet eight-year-old Sam. Beautiful, surprising, autistic. To him, the world is a puzzle he can’t solve on his own.

When Sam starts playing Minecraft, it opens  up a place where Alex and Sam begin to rediscover both themselves and each other….

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Review: This book tells the story of Alex and Sam, a father and son who find an unlikely bond in the world of video games.

Sam is autistic. It’s very important to the storyline because this causes his dad all sorts of difficulties, mainly because he doesn’t know how to deal with it. Especially when Sam gets violent (like fighting at school.)

I’ve never read a book about autism before, apart from ones for my university course linking it to suspected bad behaviour in the classroom. This book takes it at a much more personal perspective.

What I like most about the book is that it’s set in Bristol, UK! I recognised names of places because I don’t live too far from the city myself and that really helped me get immersed into the story.

That, and the writing is lovely.

However; having never experienced autism in its full capacity I sometimes found it hard to read. (Note: The author has an autistic son. )

It’s not wonder Jody and Alex split. She’s patient. He isn’t, meaning he can get angry with his son.

Then Alex discovers Minecraft, a game Sam is obsessed with, and it helps them bond through building,  adventure and even allows Alex to persuade Sam to step out of his comfort zone – not for long, but it’s definitely still a good thing!

A Minecraft competition shows Alex that his son really understands him after all.

Their lives change for the better- all thanks to a video game.

To sum up, this book looks at the bond between father and son and it’s heartfelt and wonderful.

5/5 stars.

Everyone needs to read this book!

Thanks for reading

~Katie

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