Kids Like Us was a very entertaining and GOOD book.
I finished this book! And it was good. A word which here means “I very much enjoyed it but it wasn’t mind-blowing but it was fun and I liked it.” I really did enjoy it. It took me a while to get into BUT IT WAS GOOD. It was enjoyable! There were discussions about moths and maybe first love and being autistic and having friends and going to parties and movies and it kept me interested which is like…good. Before we get stuck in…
Thank you Text Publishing for the review copy! All opinions are my own.
LIST OF THINGS I DEFINITELY ENJOYED:
–Elisabeth. She was honestly SUCH a star! Like all the love for this amazing older sibling. I mean sure sometimes she was angry but she was…REAL and that’s something I definitely look forward to in books. I wish my older sisters were as kind and supportive. I love the sibling relationship between Marting and Elisabeth. It was honestly adorable and developed so well.
–The Autism rep! Let me just talk about how this was gold but It WAS SO GOOD? Like I read Rules of Rain but then i found out that the autism rep could be seen as harmful so I was really looking for a book that captured it perfectly and I think this did the job. The messages about being neurotypical and autistic were AWESOME! It was so well done I am in awe okay. I don’t think I’ve read autism EXPLAINED SO WELL And according to some other autistic reviewers the rep was good but the characters surrounding martin and some topics raised…debatable! But It was really cool for a NT person to just see HOW IT IS and it was honestly epic. I enjoyed it greatly and it honestly made me think. Though the mum’s views were just a tad iffy.
“I’m finding out that there are a lot of us who hate that the world is trying to cure us. I think the point is that we don’t need to be cured”
–The..tears? Like nobody actually warned me this would be feel punching and while it was quite a calm smol normal book, the Papa letters? they just…THEY GOT ME SO BAD I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHY. Maybe I’m just sensitive.
– The Food was such a great theme. Like THERE ARE MADELINES GUYS. MADELINE’S. *melts* AND THERE IS CAKE called something that I cannot remember. Memorable food quotes:
- “Are we going to eat our cakes or what?”
- “The first Madeline tastes good”
- “I pictured going up into the boulangerie and asking the woman behind the counter for two madeleines, smiling right at her instead of staring into the pastry case at the chocolate swirls decoration the tops of the mille-feuilles, which are called Napoleans in English.”
Basically, this was a mouth-watering book and now I am hungry. AND MARTIN LIKES COOKING TOO. So this is a plus! Like not only do we get delicious MEALS we get super cool cooking session scenes. I MEAN I AM HERE FOR THIS OKAY?!?! okay.
–I liked the writing! It reminded of The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time AND I LOVE THAT BOOK so you can just imagine me waving and just being a massive fan of this overall.
– The cover is damn gorgeous though a bit misleading as Martin only seems to like one book and HOW. Like, me? I cannot choose from the billion books I have read. haha
THINGS THAT DID GET ON MY NERVES JUST A SLIGHT BIT.
LIST OF THINGS THAT I DID NOT LIKE:
– I did find the romance a tad shallow. I MEAN WHO IS ALICE??!?!?! We don’t know MUCH about her. Apart from the very much enjoys madeleines. A cough cough. And that’s it? She’s pretty much boring apart from her amazing fashion sense. Eh. I also couldn’t bring myself to ship this. And I get it! France is the city of l.o.v.e BUT it was just unnecessary? I mean yeah sure character arc and all but Elisabeth and Henry were WAY better. Thank god Henry shaved.
–There was so much about Search and it bored me honestly.
I haven’t read this so as you can imagine I was glossing over this. SORRY MARTIN.
–I do think it lacked…SUSTENANCE. If that makes any sense? Like things happened but they didn’t happen AS IN THEY DIDN’T ADD ANYTHING TO THE BOOK. As in the book was very light. As I have no idea what I am talking about. Moving on…
There is food! There is France! There’s a lot of quoting of Search which I got bored with and couldn’t care less about! There’s a love interest who is cool but I didn’t really ship it oops!? There was a girl called Layla who I honestly disliked greatly. There are discussions and swimming and CAKE and baking! There are letters and fathers and tears. There’s a LOT and it was GOOD but a little lacking! It was a really, eye-opening novel.
RATING: 3.5 STARS
Kids Like Us
by Hilary Reyl
KIDS LIKE US IS PUBLISHED ON October 30th, 2017. You can read my original review here. You can buy a copy here.
Have you read a book with Autism representation? What’s your most recent diverse read? Do you love books sent in foreign countries? Food in books are great, right? And do books sometimes punch you in the feels without warning? Tell me all! (psst add this book to your TBR! on Goodreads)