Title:Stim
Author :Kevin Berry
Series:Stim #1
Release date:11 Nov 2013
Rating : 3 Stars
Blurb :

Robert is different. He has Asperger’s Syndrome. He experiences the world differently to 99% of the population. Follow his entertaining and highly empathetic story as he struggles to realise and accept who he really is, try to understand other people—which he cannot—and find a girlfriend. Especially find a girlfriend—he’s decided it’s his special project for the year. Accompanied on this transformative journey by his quirky flatmates, Chloe (who also has Asperger’s, amongst other things), Stef (who hasn’t, but doesn’t mind) and their oddly-named kitten, Robert endures a myriad of awkward moments in his quest to meet a nice, normal girl…and not even a major earthquake will stop him.This absorbing and humorous story is starkly told from Robert’s point of view, through the kaleidoscope of autistic experience.

Review :

Reviewing “Stim” by Kevin Berry is a difficult subject for me.

Every reader has certain genres that appeal to him. I found out long time ago that I like stories with unusual leading characters. People that are not the “norm”.
As a result of that I have read also my fair share of books that feature characters with Asperger’s – I googled quite a lot about it to get more background in understanding as I noticed quite a lot of different ways that this form of autism is described.
Just a short time ago I read a really good novel featuring a very similar subject as “Stim” – and I have ben agonizing now for an hour on the title of that book – to make the difference clear (as soon as I find it I will edit this review and add the title)
While I believe that the background research, facts as well as the thinking world of Robert have been captured perfectly. I still feel that this is not really a “novel” – it feels more like a memoire – like the diary that Robert is actually writing. And I found it difficult to stay focused.
Yes it was sweet and there was a lot of humor in it but the actual story of Roberts Journey to find a girlfriend became more of a side story to all the things that Aspergers IS.
God I really wished in this second I could remember the other books title to really make my point..
(30 min later)
If were able to watch me during writing – you would have experienced now a 30 minute pause during which I had to search for the book – because I really needed to make my point clear.
The name is “No Ordinary Love” by J.J. Murray (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25488906-no-ordinary-love) This book features a quite similar subject but due to the different focus it works out better as a novel.
So therefore for this book – reviewed as a novel – my rating will not be more than 3 stars.
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