Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Book Review: Daniel isn't talking by Marti Leimbach

Title: Daniel isn't talking
Author: Marti Leimbach
Genre: Novel
Subject: Autism
Publisher: Anchor
Release date: May, 2007
Length: 288 pages
I got this book: from the library

From Goodreads:
"Melanie Marsh is an American living in London with her British husband, Stephen, and their two young children. The Marshes’ orderly home life is shattered when their son Daniel is given a devastating diagnosis. Resourceful and determined not to accept what others, including her husband, say is inevitable, Melanie finds an ally in the idealistic Andy, whose unorthodox ideas may just prove that Daniel is far more “normal” than anyone imagined."

Personal opinion:
I really enjoyed reading the first half of the book. It was good plot wise and the struggle of Melanie battling against all those people who thought what was best for Daniel, was something I could relate to. I didn't like her husband Stephen very much from square one. His emotions are understandable at point, but I didn't like it one bit. The way he left Melanie dealing with all this on her own, never really there to support her, did frustrate me.

Spoiler alert!
In the 2nd half of the book, after Melanie met Andy, the focus slowly starts to shift from a mother who struggles with autism to a romance story between her and Andy. I really didn't like this development. I really dislike the need of many authors to include a romance within a story about another subject. It is often not needed to make the book a success and in this case it did quite the opposite. Daniels problems seemed almost magically better and the focus just shifted too much for me to be realistic. Too bad that such a realistically written story is destroyed by yet another romance tale.

It was okay.

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