"I am not an incomplete jigsaw who needs solving, fixing or curing . . . I am just put together in a different way. Who is to say what the final picture should look like anyway?"
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
I wanted to read Stim as the main character having Asperger's syndrome intrigued me, having worked with children with Asperger's I thought it would be interesting to read a story set in this world and to gain insight into the mind of an 'Aspie'.
I loved Robert's outlook on life, he knew he was different from the majority of the population yet he questioned their sanity. To the world, he seemed different but who decided what 'normal' was anyway? Robert's thinking was analytical, direct, and very literal. He could only process facts and take things at face value. It was the emotional side of life Robert struggled with. I thought his point of view portrayed that very well and it was really interesting to witness the world through Robert's eyes.
"I cannot visualise what something is like, or how it would feel, that has not happened to me yet."
"I stared after her. In the few minutes we had sat together, I had managed eighteen seconds of eye contact with this attractive girl. I congratulated myself on this accomplishment. In our encounter at 4:35 p.m., I would aim for a full minute or two."
Robert's support came in the form of his best friend Chloe; picture them like Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler if you will, but with Amy having blue hair and facial piercings! Their relationship added humour to the story and I loved their routine and quirks; they worked well together and provided stability in a very fast-paced world. It was clear from the outset that Chloe felt more for Robert but Robert being a typical male (Asperger's aside) failed to see the signs in front of him.
I was expecting a little more from the storyline; Robert was humorous in his quest to find a girlfriend and experience everything that came with a physical relationship and even though we did witness some of his struggles trying to fit in to the 'real world' I couldn't help but want more, to get a true depiction. There was the strange, fleeting introduction of two odd characters near the end that did have me questioning their relevance but it did lead up to the earth-shattering moment (quite literally) for Robert to realise what was under his nose all along.
Robert's approach had me laughing many times, he was honest to a fault and although people seen him as insulting or brash, it was just his nature to call things as he seen them, his brain could not process information any other way.
"I ground my teeth and started stimming by tapping my left foot against the metal chair leg so it made a satisfying clunking sound. I wondered if I could think of something to say to make Cliff go away. "Cliff, go away," I said."
I do wish we got to know Chloe more, she was his sidekick and really brought Robert out of his shell. From house party escapades, to missing kittens and disappointing first times, this book brought out the light side to Asperger's, a great introduction for those who are somewhat unfamiliar.
I enjoyed the author's writing and found myself immersed in Robert's world. The story flowed well and I thought the start of each chapter being set out like a diary entry worked well.
Stim was a quick fun read. It was a refreshing change to my normal contemporary romance novels and it was good to read a book that didn't conform to the social 'norms'. Love does not discriminate and everyone is worthy of it. If you are looking for something a little different then you should check this out.
"This is how I am. If I wasn't like this, I wouldn't be me. It's not about being who everyone else wants you to be, it's about being yourself and finding someone who loves every bit of it."
Kevin Berry is an indie author. His particular niche is writing Aspie New Adult contemporary novels set in an earthquake zone. The first of these is STIM, published in October 2013.
His first novels, co-written with Diane Berry, are Dragons Away!, Growing Disenchantments and Fountain of Forever (humorous fantasy). These are available as paperbacks and ebooks at Amazon and elsewhere.
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