Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Bouquet for Adam by A.J. Marcus and K.T. Spence

A Bouquet for Adam by A.J. Marcus and K.T. Spence

Review by Lauren

source: copy for review from Dreamspinner Press; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryAdam Stephens’s simple life working in Denver as a computer programmer is turned upside down when his mother suddenly dies. His crazy relatives in Virginia want him to move in with them because they believe his autism makes it impossible for him to care for himself. But life improves, at least for a time. One day while wandering through the botanical gardens, he runs into struggling wildlife photographer Trent Osborn.

As a hesitant love blossoms between the two, Adam’s aunt and uncle push for him to live with them. Adam again refuses. The struggles between his desires and what everyone else wants collide. Adam disappears, and Trent is unsure if he’s run off to escape life’s pressures made worse by his autism, or if something far more sinister has happened. Trent embarks on a cross-country journey in search of Adam. What he discovers changes the course of his and Adam’s lives and the lives of everyone connected to them.

Review: One thing I really loved about this book is that Adam is an autistic young man who is as capable as most people in living his life. He has things he needs help with, yes, but overall, he's an "everyday guy." I thought the authors did a really good job at portraying Adam and his autism. It's not the only defining quality about him, but they made sure to show his various quirks and how he differs a bit from other people. At the same time, meeting Trent and them becoming friends and then boyfriends shows another side to Adam. He can care about new things. He likes getting to know people. He loves.

I initially thought this would be a normal love story, of Adam and Trent meeting and falling in love. However, the book turned into much more than that. There is a lot of familial drama on Adam's side. His mother passes and some people in his family think he should move in with them. They think 'autism' and equate that with 'helpless' even though they are well aware that Adam is smart enough to work with computers and make a decent living. He might need some help, living on his own, but he in no way needs someone to take him away from his home to keep him "safe." He's not a harm to anyone.

I won't go into much detail about the plot, because I don't want to give things away. I will say that it was an intriguing direction to take the story, but I appreciated what the authors were trying to show. People don't always understand things like autism and they don't always treat those with it with respect.

Overall, this is a well-done novel!


Lisa Mandina said...

I'm interested to see what has happened when he disappears. Sounds like definitely more than just a romance. As a teacher I've had several autistic students that I know would be fine in the real world, so I'm sure that this book is great for showing that. Great review!

A.O. Chika said...

I've read the book also. It'a great book, i still feel like shooting Adam's uncle in the nuts though.

Lola said...

It sounds like the author does a good job portraying Adam and his autism, with how he is different, but also the same as others in some aspects and just as capable. Great review!