The Reason I Jump

The Reason I Jump

The Inner Voice of A Thirteen-year-old Boy With Autism

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Written by a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, this is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within. With disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself. His insights--into the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memory--are so startling, so strange, and so powerful that you will never look at the world the same way again. In his introduction, bestselling novelist David Mitchell writes that Naoki's words allowed him to feel, for the first time, as if his own autistic child was explaining what was happening in his mind. This translation was a labor of love by David and his wife, KA Yoshida, so they'd be able to share that feeling with friends, the wider autism community, and beyond.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812994865
0812994868
Branch Call Number: 616.85882 H634r 2013
Characteristics: xvii, 135 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm

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Naoki Higashida shares what life is like inside his mind, inviting you to imagine what it would be like, for instance, if sounds and smells barraged your senses all at once,

Written by a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, this is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine.


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iluvbooks63
Jul 10, 2017

My son has Asperger's with tactile dysfunction and social anxiety, depression and severe panic attacks. He was not diagnosed until age 15, although I knew from the age of 3 (something was different) and proceeded to start researching on my own. He is now 21 and also has cerebral palsy in his feet and hands... but anyway this book really answered some important questions for me that I have asked my son about and he just couldn't put into words... I think this was not necessarily a "story" book, but a good information source.

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conniedaugherty
Apr 17, 2017

I absolutely loved this memoir which was written by a 13-year-old autistic boy by pointing at an alphabet grid. The book is a question and answer format, and the questions help clarify the experience of an autistic mind. I know there are more scientific tomes about autism, but this gives me a sweet understanding and nearly heart-breaking appreciation. Naoki's stories, including one about the afterlife, are surprisingly thought-provoking for such a young person.

JCLTamiT Jan 10, 2017

A quick read with often heart-breaking insight into the mind of a boy with autism. Worth the read.

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amelia622
Sep 17, 2016

This is a quick amazing read. Good for all ages.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 04, 2016

Crack the cover for David Mitchell. Stick around for the unique perspective of autism.

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BWilsoned
May 31, 2016

Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, should read this book. It's short, not too complicated, and completely amazing! The introduction, by a father who's raising an autistic child, is quite moving and lets us know just how much impact it made on his relationship with his own child. Now that's a testimonial! Even though I do not have an autistic child or work with special needs kids, this book was an amazing eye-opener. Just how Naoki learns how to communicate is amazing in and of itself.

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tikitorch38
Apr 11, 2016

This is the first book I've ever read about autism which will of course shape the way I am now reviewing it. I have volunteered in classrooms with autistic children and there is an autistic child in my extended family and I read this book to try to understand more about what shapes the way an autistic experiences the world. I really enjoyed the learning experience although the translation of the child's voice often sounds like an adult making a younger voice sound "more lyrical and make more sense". I agree with another reader that this autistic child's experience may not echo all autistic children but the insight into understanding why for instance it's hard for some autistic children to expand their eating to other foods, was helpful for me in better understanding this condition.

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uncommonreader
Aug 24, 2015

This book communicates what it is like to live in an unedited, unfiltered world. It challenged my preconceptions and changed my opinions about autism.

loonylovesgood Jun 30, 2015

This was very touching. It was interesting to hear things from his perspective!

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VRMurphy
Apr 30, 2015

Interesting on its own, and a potentially useful tool. This would be a good book to give to a teen or pre-teen who needs or wants to learn about autism, perhaps in conjunction with the diagnosis in a sibling or classmate. It might also be a gateway for discussion, with adult family members or teachers who are still challenging a diagnosis, or who believe you can discipline the disorder out of a child, as surely it would elicit some empathy. It is, as a memoir, very specific to his own experience, and the point is made that he's not speaking for everyone on the spectrum.

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maggielo
Aug 19, 2015

35 copies, autistic child tells how he thinks.

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