Kids Like Us by Hilary ReylKids Like Us by Hilary Reyl

Kids Like Us

byHilary Reyl

Hardcover | November 14, 2017

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Martin is an American teen on the autism spectrum living in France with his mom and sister for the summer. He falls for a French girl who he thinks is a real-life incarnation of a character in his favorite book. Over time Martin comes to realize she is a real person and not a character in a novel while at the same time learning that love is not out of his reach just because he is autistic.
Hilary Reyl has a PhD in French Literature from NYU and has spent several years working and studying in France. She lives in New York City with her husband and three daughters. She is the author of Lessons in French and Kids Like Us.
Title:Kids Like UsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.55 × 5.84 × 1 inPublished:November 14, 2017Publisher:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0374306281

ISBN - 13:9780374306281


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thoughtful and eye-opening I quite liked Kids Like Us. I was interested at first because I’m on the autism spectrum too, and I could really connect with Martin in a lot of ways. We both live in our own little bubbles of fiction. So Martin’s repetitive recounting of In Search of Lost Time was very relatable to me, even if I didn’t understand what was going on because I didn’t read the novel. Martin was so well-written too. He was’t a stereotype of autistic kids, and he does call it out that he’s expected to be a stereotype. He’s very fleshed out and definitely seemed like a real person, and he had wonderful character development throughout the book. His trouble with pronouns was interesting as a literary device, because the book opens in second person, and occasionally veers back to second person, which puts a whole new light on it in literary terms. It transposes the reader into the book like Martin does with Search. I wish we had found out more about Simon and the girl Martin calls Gilberte. I feel like their stories were left kind of hanging. I really liked both of them, though, and all of Martin’s friends. I liked Layla too - and gosh, I think this is the first time I’ve ever seen an autistic girl in media, which I appreciated so, so much. I loved the setting in France. It was so idyllic and set a really lovely tone for the story as a whole. There’s a lot of really interesting discourses about neurodiversity and autism brought up and left for the reader to ponder. Kids Like Us is a book that makes you think, whether you are on or off the spectrum.
Date published: 2017-11-28

Editorial Reviews

"While Reyl hasn't broken the mold of autistic teen protagonists, Martin is a credit to the growing corpus, with multimodal idiosyncrasies that he builds on rather than buries and a validating first-person narrative and first romance. A charming teen debut." -Kirkus"Reyl movingly captures the point of view of a person who sees the world in a completely different way. Her writing is lucid and luminous, and the first-person narrative has a cinematic quality as Martin processes the world around him. Charming, thoughtful Martin is easy to root for, and readers will cheer as he triumphs over obstacles." -Booklist starred review"The original narrative voice of 16-year-old Martin drives adult author Reyl's insightful and multilayered first book for teens, which brims with nostalgia, romance, complex supporting characters, and fascinating introspection... Martin's childhood memories, such as his parents' early distress at his diagnosis ("We thought he was so cute, and he's actually Rain Man"), blend seamlessly into the narrative, while Martin's reflections on "the neurodiversity movement," and efforts to "cure" autism raise thought-provoking ethical questions." -Publishers Weekly starred review"...the book's indebtedness to Proust goes beyond lyrical phrases to a thematic embrace of the slow savoring of the richness of human experience. In the end, however, it is Martin's ability to move beyond "things past" to the possibilities that open up when you accept yourself and others that gives this wise story its resonance."-Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review"Reyl succeeds in portraying the various bubbles people live in and where and how they might find common ground...Martin is a likable protagonist, and the denouement-with Martin moving beyond Proust to see himself not as "an old man with regrets" but as a young man at the beginning of his life-is optimistic yet realistic."-The Horn Book"Martin's first-person, and sometimes second-person, engaging voice gives insight into the unique way he sees the world and other people. The atypical romance is endearing but it is Martin's relationships with his friends and, especially, with his missing father that are central to his growth. Teens who enjoy quirky contemporary stories will appreciate Martin." -VOYA