Book Review & Tour: A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

I heard about this book a while ago. Long before I was asked if I wanted to pop along and be included on the blog tour. Something always struck me about the title – A Boy Made of Blocks. How does the title fit? I’m very intrigued to find out.

A Boy made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

Book Description

Meet thirtysomething dad, Alex
He loves his wife Jody, but has forgotten how to show it. He loves his son Sam, but doesn’t understand him. Something has to change. And he needs to start with himself.

Meet eight-year-old Sam
Beautiful, surprising, autistic. To him the world is a puzzle he can’t solve on his own.

When Sam starts to play Minecraft, it opens up a place where Alex and Sam begin to rediscover both themselves and each other . . . When life starts to tear one family apart, can they put themselves back together, one piece at a time?

A Boy Made of Blocks is a beautiful, funny and heartwarming story of family and love inspired by the author’s own experiences with his son.

My Review

The start of the book is fairly disheartening I feel. Alex is struggling with his job. His relationship with Jody, his wife is on the rocks, he is still trying to recover from a trauma in his childhood, but the most heartbreaking part is that he seems scared of his autistic son, Sam. Alex will do anything and make up any excuse not to be alone with Sam.

This made me cry, I couldn’t help it. Can it really be that bad that a father cannot be around his own son? I don’t know any autistic families so cannot say what it’s like to like to live with an autistic child. So please don’t feel I’m judging.

When Alex and Sam discovers that they can play the game Minecraft together it makes an unbreakable bond between them. They have something in common. It brings father and son together. It also helps Sam break down his walls, he learns to interact with other children at school and make friends.

I found this story so emotional. One minute I was crying the next minute laughing. It’s a rollercoaster of a book taking you on an amazing journey of a father and son.

I’m sure A Boy Made of Blocks will help to bring awareness of autism and how hard it can be for parents with an autistic child.

Totally deserving of 5 out of 5 stars for me.

 

Here are the other blogs on the A Boy Made of Blocks blog tour. Why not pop over for a read?

Blog Tour schedule for A Boy made of Blocks

Thanks for stopping by. As always I love to read your thoughts.

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*I was given an e-book copy of A Boy Made of Blocks in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own as always.

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