Kids Like Us

Kids Like Us

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A heartwarming and original story about acceptance, falling in love for the first time and learning that the line between reality and imagination does not have to be fixed.

Kids Like Us is the delightful, heartwarming story of Martin, a teenager on the autism spectrum, who falls for Gilberte-Alice, a 'normal' French girl. While spending summer in the French countryside with his mother, Martin mistakes Gilberte for a character in a novel he is obsessed with - Marcel Proust's masterpiece In Search of Lost Time. He gradually realises she is not Gilberte, the fantasy girl, but a real person named Alice. Falling in love, in all its unpredictability, teaches Martin that he can connect to people.

Kids LIke Us is also the ultimate book about acceptance. Perhaps we are all in our own bubble; perhaps the line between reality and imagination does not have to be fixed. A book for those who loved The Curious Incident of the Dog at the Nighttime, and Counting by 7's by Holly Goldberg Sloan.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 22mm | 273g
  • The Text Publishing Company
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • ed
  • 1925498913
  • 9781925498912
  • 422,992

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'Whether tender and familiar or brilliant and disorienting, Kids Like Us weaves together a truly atypical love story-from pound cake and Proust, from autism and family dysfunction-but always with the rare, luminous humanity that makes a true teen anthem, another Fault in our Stars.' * Melissa De La Cruz, NYT bestselling author of Blue Bloods and Witches of East End * `A heartfelt celebration of young life with all its strange and endearing awkwardness, obsessions and first eruptions of love.' * Martine Murray * `For a teenager on the spectrum, a simple human connection can be an epic challenge. In her wonderfully touching YA debut, Hilary Reyl tells the story of one boy's effort to connect his imaginary world to the real one. There is love, humor and compassion on every page. You'll be blown away by this boy and by this book.' * Holly Goldberg Sloan, NYT bestselling author of Counting by 7s * `The most original voice since The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime tells the most radiantly human love story since Eleanor and Park. Reyl's extraordinary YA debut isn't just a book you read; this is one of those rare books that reaches in deep and writes you back.' * Margaret Stohl, co-author of #1 NYT and international bestseller Beautiful Creatures * `Kids Like Us is a song in which, like life, both harmony and dissonance play their part. The writing is beautiful; the setting lush and evocative. I didn't want to leave Martin's world.' * Ally Condie, #1 NYT bestselling author of Matched and Summerlost * `Kids Like Us was a really beautiful story...I loved the writing and the sparse but well placed details. I thought this was a thoroughly accurate and interesting exploration of the autistic mind, feelings and experiences.' * Paper Fury * `Reyl movingly captures the point of view of a person who sees the world in a completely different way. Her writing is lucid and luminous, and the first-person narrative has a cinematic quality as Martin processes the world around him. Charming, thoughtful Martin is easy to root for, and readers will cheer as he triumphs over obstacles.' * Booklist [starred review] * `The original narrative voice of 16-year-old Martin drives adult author Reyl's insightful and multi-layered first book for teens, which brims with nostalgia, romance, complex supporting characters, and fascinating introspection.' * Publishers Weekly [starred review] * `The book's indebtedness to Proust goes beyond lyrical phrases to a thematic embrace of the slow savouring of the richness of human experience. In the end, however, it is Martin's ability to move beyond things past to the possibilities that open up when you accept yourself and others that gives this wise story its resonance.' * Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books [starred review] * `A heartwarming read. The characterisation is strong and the setting idyllic...This book not only transports you emotionally but geographically as well.' * Reading Time * `Martin is one of the most relatable characters I have ever read...Unique and refreshing.' * Autistic & Unapologetic * `You'll smile, you'll gasp, you'll root for main character Martin throughout...An exquisitely insightful, charming tale.' * LoveReading UK *
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About Hilary Reyl

Hilary Reyl has spent several years working and studying in France. She lives in New York City with her husband and three daughters. Her adult novel Lessons in French, was an editor's pick on Kids Like Us is Hilary's first young-adult novel.
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596 ratings
3.72 out of 5 stars
5 23% (139)
4 38% (227)
3 28% (164)
2 9% (56)
1 2% (10)
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