A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart
A Novel

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I thought he definitely grew up throughout the book, he was not a horrible person when the book began, he did not experience personality transplant, but he understood things better and dealt with the past trauma in his life.
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Synopsis

Alex loves his family, and yet he struggles to connect with his eight-year-old autistic son, Sam. The strain has pushed his marriage to the breaking point. So Alex moves in with his merrily irresponsible best friend on the world’s most uncomfortable blow-up bed.

As Alex navigates single life, long-buried family secrets, and part-time fatherhood, his son begins playing Minecraft. Sam’s imagination blossoms and the game opens up a whole new world for father and son to share. Together, they discover that sometimes life must fall apart before you can build a better one.

Inspired by Keith Stuart’s own relationship with his autistic son, A Boy Made of Blocks is a tear-jerking, funny, and, most of all, true-to-life novel about the power of difference and one very special little boy.

 

About Keith Stuart

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KEITH STUART is the games editor of the Guardian and a veteran video game journalist who has spent 20 years playing, investigating, and writing about video games and their possibilities. He lives with his family in Somerset, England.
 
Published September 6, 2016 by St. Martin's Press. 400 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Dear Author

Above average
Reviewed by Sirius on Jul 07 2017

I thought he definitely grew up throughout the book, he was not a horrible person when the book began, he did not experience personality transplant, but he understood things better and dealt with the past trauma in his life.

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Reviewed by John Harris on Sep 10 2016

The odd detour, too, threatens to make the story too sappy for its own good. But keep faith, and it really doesn’t matter. A Boy Made of Blocks is constructed around not just a great plot (the very moving denouement, at a Minecraft contest in London, is particularly inspired), but a rare sense of honesty and insight.

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