Author(s): Hilary Reyl
Kids Like Us is the delightful, heartwarming story of Martin, a teenager on the autism spectrum, who falls for Gilberte-Alice, a 'normal' French girl. While spending summer in the French countryside with his mother, Martin mistakes Gilberte for a character in a novel he is obsessed with - Marcel Proust's masterpiece In Search of Lost Time. He gradually realises she is not Gilberte, the fantasy girl, but a real person named Alice. Falling in love, in all its unpredictability, teaches Martin that he can in fact connect, can get out of his bubble. Offering a valuable window into the mind of a high-functioning autistic kid, Kids Like Us is also the ultimate book about acceptance. Perhaps we are all in our own bubble; perhaps the line between reality and imagination does not have to be fixed. We meet Martin's adorable older sister, Elisabeth, his friend Layla and her very useful 'moth' theory. And there's lots of great cooking. The prose is sharp, original and brimming with empathy and humour. For those who loved The Curious Incident of the Dog at the Nighttime, and Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan.
`A heartfelt celebration of young life with all its strange and endearing awkwardness, obsessions and first eruptions of love.' * Martine Murray * 'Whether tender and familiar or brilliant and disorienting, Kids Like Us weaves together a truly atypical love story-from pound cake and Proust, from autism and family dysfunction-but always with the rare, luminous humanity that makes a true teen anthem, another Fault in our Stars.' * Melissa De La Cruz, NYT bestselling author of Blue Bloods and Witches of East End *
Hilary Reyl has spent several years working and studying in France. She lives in New York City with her husband and three daughters. Her adult novel Lessons in French, was an editor's pick on Oprah.com. Kids Like Us is Hilary's first young-adult novel.