Official Review: My Box of Chocolates by Goretti E. Rerri

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Official Review: My Box of Chocolates by Goretti E. Rerri

Post by Anirudh Badri » 20 Oct 2017, 21:12

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "My Box of Chocolates" by Goretti E. Rerri.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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My Box of Chocolates: How My Child with Autism Learned to Read, Write and More, by Goretti E. Rerri, talks about the struggles of her daughter with autism who needs to learn to read and communicate with the world around her. We also get to see the author's perspective on what it is like to raise a child with autism.

The book starts with the diagnosis of Teresa with autism at the age of four. The mother, who is also the narrator, tells us how shocking the news was for her. This was especially true because of the prevalent notions of autism wherein children are simply rocking continuously with no indication of being otherwise active. However, she realises that autism is a spectrum and accepts the diagnosis. She begins to do what she can to help her daughter learn as best as she can. The book covers a rather long time period, from the point of diagnosis at age 4 to Teresa’s graduation from high school at the age of 21. We see her grow from a confused child who cannot talk or function in a modern society to a confident adult who is able to cope with her disability. The focus is on her life in school where the teachers teach her in an inclusive classroom for some facets and separately in others. The book is episodic, with each chapter telling us a story about a particular challenge that is overcome by Teresa. Some of the chapters talk about her progress in areas like mathematics, while others deal with her struggle with behavioural issues. There are also sections that discuss approaches to deal with autism like medication and positive reinforcement. The author also does not shy away from the sadder aspects such as the bullying of children with autism. Over the years, she also gets a master’s degree in education, specialising in special education. She talks about how her life has changed because of her decisions and how happy she is with her life now.

My favourite aspect of the book was how much I learnt about the lives of people with autism. So many things that we take for granted like dressing, bathing, counting and shopping for groceries are in fact complicated social interactions that we perform without thinking. However, these are not trivial to teach, especially to someone with autism who processes information differently. In that sense, this book was especially eye-opening, both in terms of how hard it must be to navigate the modern world with conditions like autism as well as to how complex many supposedly simple activities are.

Another remarkable thing about the book is how engaging it is. We see the world through the eyes of both Teresa as well as Goretti Rerri. We are able to feel their struggles and celebrate their victories. This is partly because of the accessible writing style and language, but also because of the fact that the narration is broken up into many small chapters. Reading this book was thus extremely easy and pleasurable. The willingness of the author to talk about the difficult moments like bullying also makes the book that much more engaging. We are truly able to relate to the characters in the narrative.

There was only one minor issue that I had with this book. I found that many of the sentences were very long, with many commas. This made some sentences unwieldy and hard to follow. Although the sentences remained grammatically correct, this made the book harder to read. These sentences were particularly jarring at key moments in the story. With a little editing of these sentences, the writing can be improved. However, this was quite a minor point and so did not greatly impact my opinion of the book.

This book is for two categories of people. The first category consists of people who regularly interact with people with autism. For them, this book would be invaluable in deepening their relationships with them. Apart from that, this book can also be read and enjoyed by people who like to read about the lives of other people and read in order to learn. Such people would also be able to appreciate this book. Since I enjoyed the book a lot and since it does not have any significant issues, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars.

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Post by ladycraic » 20 Nov 2017, 01:28

Great review! This book seems really inspiring and insightful! I'd love to read it someday!

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Post by Anirudh Badri » 20 Nov 2017, 02:37

Ladycraic, the book certainly inspired me to be more thoughtful and considerate.. Hope you enjoy it too
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Post by Rajbar » 20 Nov 2017, 05:57

Well, I read this book twice. Instead of four or five star I prefer to give 3 star. Because lots and lots of sentences are too long to read in a single breath Which I don't like. Probably many of us don't like to read long sentences.

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Post by kandscreeley » 20 Nov 2017, 09:19

My sister has a child with autism, so this touches close to home for me. Thanks for the review.
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Post by Hossammedo » 20 Nov 2017, 16:19

I think it is so good book and inspired too
But most of sentence were to long

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Post by Companion Adedeji » 20 Nov 2017, 17:46

this review has made the book endearing to me. I would love to read it, plus I have someone with a similar situation.

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Post by Kalin Adi » 20 Nov 2017, 22:03

The title of the book aroused my curiosity. It sounded sweet and enthralling, and it seems it is. Indeed, this book may help many people to realize how to help children with autism to succeed in life. Ms. Rerri did an astounding job with her daughter. How beautiful she wanted to share her knowledge with the world. Kudos to her! Thanks for the review!

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Post by Mtsweni Nelsy » 21 Nov 2017, 06:36

That sounds like a touching book. I would love to read it myself. Thanks for the review.

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Post by Kizziah Maye » 21 Nov 2017, 10:44

I am a former psych student and we did learn about autism spectrum disorder. But I haven't encountered it real. Through this book I made to know more about them and how do they deal with their everyday lives and how people should appreciate and treat time accordingly. :)

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Post by Mercy Bolo » 22 Nov 2017, 05:56

In many cultures, autism is often misunderstood and I'm glad that this book sheds much needed light on such a serious issue.
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Post by Anirudh Badri » 07 Dec 2017, 07:35

I'm glad that the review has been able to convey the subject matter of the book. The problem of autism is indeed poorly understood and a great many people are suffering because of that.
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Post by Ellibell22 » 14 Dec 2017, 00:07

When first reading the title of this book it was a bit confusing, but actually diving in and going through what people with autisum go through was very heart changing. In life we generally don’t think about these things but I book Like this surely changed your perspective.

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Post by Insightsintobooks729 » 18 Dec 2017, 14:02

I would enjoy this book. I like memoirs and books where someone overcomes difficulty. Thanks for the review.
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Post by BookHausJ » 14 Jan 2018, 08:36

I'm just a bit confuse why this book entitled "My Box of Chocolate." I can't see any relation for that matter. But still you have a nice review. Thank you!

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