About the book
“Sometimes people don't answer because they didn't hear you, Other times it's because they don't want to hear you!”
Also, I'm trying REALLY hard to not have to sing back to back Justin Beiber for the review or regret challenge, so writing my reviews is totally more important than locating all my underwear. I have a washer/dryer if things get bad!
Anyway, the main character Catherine is 12 and has an autistic younger brother, David. I liked how much she actually seemed like she was 12. She's trying to figure out who she is and what kind of person she wants to be. What I found important is that even though she is frustrated with and has issues with her brother, it is obvious she loves and cares about him - even if she doesn't always act like an older sister should toward him.
Catherine's brother has occupational therapy, and she often goes there with her mother. While there she meets another kid her age, Jason. He's unable to talk because of his disability, but they have other ways to communicate and they form a friendship.
This book doesn't make people with disabilities into a background issue to deal with. Instead, the author has both David and Jason as developed characters. I think both the relationship between Catherine and David and Catherine and Jason are done fantastically. Neither are perfect, and there are lots of struggles. Especially as the main characters are all still young children.
I found myself quite pleased with this story. Also, it was a quick read.