The White Bicycle by Beverley Brenna

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The White Bicycle
Beverley Brenna
Red Deer Press, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-88995-483-0
FORMAT: Realistic Fiction
AGES: Young Adult
3 Stars

I read this book as part of the 2013 YALSA The Hub Reading Challenge. So far for the challenge I have read:

22. Dodger by Terry Pratchett
21. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
20. Stargazing Dog by Takashi Murakami
19. Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
18. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
17. My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
16. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
15. In Darkness by Nick Lake
14. Crusher by Niall Leonard
13. Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
12. The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, and Nate Powell
11. Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
10. Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert
9. Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm
8. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
6. Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
5. We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson
4. Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson
3. Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal
2. Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
1. Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose

Taylor Jane Simon and her mother have gone to the south of France for the summer. Taylor has been hired to be a personal care assistant to a teen named Martin Phoenix who cannot totally take care of himself. Martin and his brother are in France while their father is working there on some art during the summer. Since Taylor’s mother is dating Martin Phoenix’s father, she has come along as well. But a nice getaway to France is not so simple, especially considering that Taylor has Asperger’s Syndrome. Things are not always as clear to her, and she often feels like she has to fight to be independent. And since the fear of being dependent on her mother for the rest of her life is the thing she fears the most, she will do anything to figure out the complications of becoming her own woman.

It took me a while to get into this book. Mostly because I had had little experience with Asperger’s Syndrome myself. I didn’t understand bits of Taylor’s dialoge or thought process and had to re-read a bit to make sure I was understanding where her thoughts came from and went. But once I understood how she takes everything so literally, then I really started to enjoy seeing the growth and development of all the characters. This is one of those books that helped me understand Asperger’s Syndrome and how it might affects a family, friends, or employment. I think this will be a book that sticks with a reader and helps a reader understand something that is important for everyone to understand…a syndrome that many people in all sorts of places have. This is a book that everyone who wants to or needs to know about Asperger’s Syndrome should read so that they can see how different and/or difficult it could be to have someone with Asperger’s in the family.

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