Summary: Autumn and Adonis have nothing in common and everything in common. Autumn is outgoing and has lots of friends. Adonis is shy and not so eager to connect with people. But even with their differences, the two have one thing in common–they’re each dealing with a handicap. For Autumn, who has a learning disability, reading is a painful struggle that makes it hard to focus in class. But as her school’s most aggressive team wrestler, Autumn can take down any problem. Adonis is confined to a wheelchair. He has no legs. He can’t walk or dance. But he’s a strong reader who loves books. Even so, Adonis has a secret he knows someone like Autumn can heal.
In time, Autumn and Adonis are forced to see that our greatest weaknesses can turn into the assets that forever change us and those we love.
Review: This was a quick book with a powerful impact. The story is told through both Autumn and Adonis’s points of view. The author, Sharon Flake, made you feel for both characters, but you never felt sorry for them because of their disabilities. I loved how strong Autumn’s personality was. Even though she couldn’t read, she didn’t let that hold her back. Adonis was also a strong character who didn’t let his disabilities stand in her way. I liked the overall message of the book. But I did not like how Autumn’s stalker-like qualities when it came to Adonis. I also did not like how the only time Adonis seemed to want to do something good is if a teacher or adult was around to praise him for it. Overall, I do think this was a very good book dealing with real issues and a good read.
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 240 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Coming-of-Age
Source: Purchased from Amazon.com
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