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The story is about how Elvira grows up, grows as a person, and learns to understand ambiguity as best she can. She visits her mother who is essentially mute, she takes care of the house on a schedule, she learns to use a computer, and she gets a volunteer job at an animal sanctuary. There she meets some new friends. There are “Incidents” and feelings are hurt. In addition, Elvira is trying to solve some family mysteries. Her father was away from home a lot in Japan doing engineering or possibly secret work, or so she was lead to believe. I won’t say any more about that, though the truth is pretty transparent in the novel.
There seem to be a lot of books out about people with Autism or who fall somewhere along the Autism spectrum. There are also a lot of books about people who are not autistic, but just lack social skills. In fact, as I was reading this book, I felt like I had read it before (I had not). It is just so similar to other books in what is becoming a genre. Many seem to follow a formula, as does The Seven Rules. The main character is trying to fit in or to cope, there is some type of crisis, the main character develops relationships, relationships are confusing, and there is a happy resolution. This book reminds me most of The Rosie Project, so if you enjoyed that you will enjoy this. I gave this three stars because the plot was predictable. Though she did a nice job of developing the character of Elvira, I don’t think that the author added anything new to my understanding of Autism or to this type of fiction. The writing was okay. I thought the plot also dragged on a bit and could have used some editing. Personally, I did not care for the story line with Elvira’s next door neighbors. The consequences of “acting without all the information” could have been illustrated with other relationships. The neighbors (except for Sylvia) added unnecessary bulk to an already too long novel. The book was just okay for me.