The Boy Who Loved Too Much by Jennifer Latson
A True Story of Pathological Friendliness

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While Latson’s storytelling is sometimes more dutiful than necessary, her book provides a thorough overview of Williams syndrome, and its thought-provoking paradox.
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The poignant story of a boy’s coming-of-age complicated by Williams syndrome, a genetic disorder that makes people biologically incapable of distrust.

What would it be like to see everyone as a friend? Twelve-year-old Eli D’Angelo has a genetic disorder that obliterates social inhibitions, making him irrepressibly friendly, indiscriminately trusting, and unconditionally loving toward everyone he meets. It also makes him enormously vulnerable. Eli lacks the innate skepticism that will help his peers navigate adolescence more safely—and vastly more successfully.

Journalist Jennifer Latson follows Eli over three critical years of his life as his mother, Gayle, must decide whether to shield Eli entirely from the world and its dangers or give him the freedom to find his own way and become his own person.

By intertwining Eli and Gayle’s story with the science and history of Williams syndrome, the book explores the genetic basis of behavior and the quirks of human nature. More than a case study of a rare disorder, however, The Boy Who Loved Too Much is a universal tale about the joys and struggles of raising a child, of growing up, and of being different.
 

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Published June 20, 2017 by Simon & Schuster. 305 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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on Apr 17 2017

A well-researched, perceptive exploration of a rare genetic disorder seen through the eyes of a mother and son.

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Reviewed by Ruth Padawer on Jun 23 2017

While Latson’s storytelling is sometimes more dutiful than necessary, her book provides a thorough overview of Williams syndrome, and its thought-provoking paradox.

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