- File Size: 496 KB
- Print Length: 181 pages
- Publication Date: April 22, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CHRM2R8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,652,559 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Adam is a mentally disabled teenager caught up in the everyday maelstrom we call life. He cannot speak beyond a few simple words. Most of his language is made up and known only to him. He possesses a very limited grasp of the past, with even less understanding of the future. Everything exists in the now, and revolves around him. Adam's family, which is the same as saying his entire universe, is falling apart. His younger brother and sister are growing up and changing in ways he cannot comprehend. His parents' marriage slowly grows cold under strain of a father's joblessness and alcoholism. Adam is also changing, physically becoming a man, imposing more unrelenting demands and needs upon an already stressed family.
Until the day I die I will never look at a mentally disabled person, or their family, again without thinking of Adam.
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This has become one of my new favorite books. Having worked with children and young adults with special needs I was fascinated by the insight the author provided into Adam's mind. I would imagine he must have some experience of his own in his background to be able to write so well about Adam's thoughts and feelings from his viewpoint. The ending was heartbreaking and a tissue was needed which for me is a sure sign of a well is written book. A must read for anyone dealing with a disability.
His name is Adam and he's a sweet kid and no one understands what he's thinking because he can't really talk. He don't understand what others are saying to him much but he does understand when someone treats him with normalcy.
When his sister moves out to go to college, he becomes quite upset and not sure how to deal with the change. He thought that his family would never leave him. Joss is heartbroken because Adam refuses to tell her bye when they take her to the college that she is to attend.
Soon after, his father takes a job in another town and his brother moves out. He's left alone with his mother and his rage builds at all the changes that he cannot understand. He thinks that his family had fallen apart, left him and he becomes very violent because he cannot understand or cope with the changes.
This book has been an emotional rollercoaster ride from the very beginning of the book. This is a real issue in real life that most don't seem to understand or want to live with. They cannot accept the reality of what really goes on and they think that they should "shun" those that are just as normal as we are. Just because someone cannot communicate or even talk as we do, doesn't mean that they should be "shunned" or even made fun of by others. They are some very creative and wonderful people on the inside, no matter how different they are on the outside.
I have to give Matt Langford 2 THUMBS UP for making this a well known fact in this book. He made me laugh, cry and even come closer to a lot of the people that I grew up with. Well done Matt! I really enjoyed this book with everything that I read and learned. Even the things that I had not already realized, this book opened my mind and eyes to the ways of how humans can be so dumb toward the fact that some are just not opening to the fact that all of the ones that have a "cap" and cannot communicate like we do, are just as normal and smart in their own ways. I think that Adam was using sign language even to tell he was hungry, made it known that it would help many more like his circumstances. It just takes time, patients and understanding with a huge heart.
I grew to know Adam and have to say that he's the one person in life that should be an example to everyone everywhere! Thank you Matt Langford!
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