Monday, 7 March 2016

Car Wash Wish by Sita Brahmachari and Louise Wright (Young Adult, Reading Age 8, 10/10E, Dyslexia friendly, short 'n' sweet review)

January 2016, Barrington Stoke, 80 pages, Paperback, Review copy 

Summary from Barrington Stoke
Hudson is a skilled reader of books but not so much of people. Mum’s new bloke Louis is keen to help, but the triple whammy of news about a wedding, a funeral and a baby announcement is a lot to deal with in one day, especially for Hudson!
Nayu's thoughts
A touching tale of how a teen with Aspergers copes with several major life events in one go. It's touching to see how Hudson feels and thinks to his grandad dying, because he uses some skills he has been taught on how to understand people who don't always mean what they say. Through his thoughts Hudson figures out how he feels to the idea of a new sibling, and his mum getting married. 

I felt sorry for his mum when Hudson didn't understand why she wouldn't let him wear the funeral suit to the wedding, and for Hudson because so much is implied by expression, tone, and what is left unsaid. I felt sorry for him since his dad doesn't acknowledge he sees the world differently to most, but in some ways his view point protects him from being hurt or overly sad. 

The car wash scene was sweet too-it's amazing how easy it is to offload to someone when in certain situations (talking in the dark isn't in the book, but it is like being in a car wash gives a sense of privacy (or of dying which is how I feel about them!). This book has a lot to think about! 

Find out more on Sita's website and Louise's website.

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