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Obviously I’m not what most people would describe as happy But that has nothing to do with anything Happiness is not a priority Survival isAlvie Fitz doesn’t fit in and she doesn’t care She’s spent years swallowing meds and bad advice from doctors and social workers Adjust adapt Pretend to be normal It sounds so easyIf she can make it to her eighteenth birthday without any major mishaps she In this YA novel Alvie a girl with autism who works at a zoo and wishes to be emancipated meets and falls for Stanley a guy with a musculoskeletal disorder who’s in college and has recently suffered a loss I really like the diversity represented in this one Alvie and Stanley’s romance was sweet There were places I wished the book moved faster The book did a good job of presenting the viewpoint of characters with two differences but also contained microaggression towards different abled people with other conditions that felt stigmatizing And maybe the problem is just that the author isn’t writing from an #ownvoices perspective and doesn’t get that when you’re differently abled those words are really really hurtful There were lines that contained microaggression towards the Deaf community we saw the tired old stigmatizing trope of “everyone with schizophrenia is violent” and I really hated this oneI shouldn’t have to tell them Other people aren’t expected to disclose personal medical information in an interview Would someone say ‘Oh before you hire me I should mention I have a terrible case of hemorrhoids’”“It’s not like that This isn’t something you need to be embarrassed about” On the one hand I appreciate what the author was trying to do The point was the main character shouldn’t be embarrassed about her Asperger’s But why take a cheap shot at another stigmatized medical condition in the process? Maybe it's just supposed to play as a poop joke but in a book about how medical conditions and differences are stigmatized? The author's writing just comes across as sweetly clueless to what it's really like to have a disability Or that she's even aware things connected to the butt like anal and colorectal cancer don't get talked about because of stigma And how exactly is that joke supposed to play to the son of my former co worker who because of a birth defect had to get a colostomy bag when he was 5 months old? The whole point of this book was two characters who were born different accepting and loving themselves and each other as is I really wished that line have been “It’s not like that And you know what even if you did have a terrible case of hemorrhoids it wouldn’t be anything to be embarrassed about”In short this book tried to deliver a good message and in many places succeeded but would have benefited from sensitivity readers to clean up a few yikes moments 35 starsPlease excuse typosname misspellings Entered on screen reader
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When My Heart Joins the Thousand’ll be legally emancipated Free But if she fails she’ll become a ward of the state and be sent back to the group homeAll she wants is to be left alone to spend time with her friend Chance the one winged hawk at the zoo where she works She can bide her time with him until her emancipation Humans are overrated anyway Then she meets Stanley a boy who might be even stranger than she is a boy who wa I'm not sure how to review this book I thought that it was a good read but at times it seemed kind of over the top You don't hear many 17 year olds living on their own and it seemed like Alvie was on her own since she was 15 with a full time job and her own apartment I'm way older than her have a full time job but still can't live in my own apartment She was doing pretty good for herself and then the last 100 pages everything seemed to full apart for Alvie but then things got good again Stanley ooohhh Stanley Stanley was perfect maybe too perfect even with his disablity I loved him and I loved how he accepted who Alvie was though Books like this just break my heart but in a good way if that even makes sense???