For Matthew Rohan, every day is a struggle. Each task others complete without thinking is a challenge for him. Recently orphaned, he has to finish the last few months of high school and take care of his disabled sister on his own.
When Mayra comes into his life, his comfortable routines implode. Matthew can’t handle change, but Mayra is unrelenting in her quest to understand him, to show him acceptance and maybe even love. When she breaks through his shell, Matthew’s world will never be the same again.
An awkward boy with Asperger’s Syndrome, a persistent girl who pulls him out of his isolated existence, and a lottery ticket that will change their lives forever.
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Beautiful story of perseverance, love and cake!,
This book was absolutely beautiful. Matthew Rohan just cemented himself in my heart and refused to move from his spot there. I haven't read very many books that revolve around high school and college age characters but Shay nailed it with these two. The way she describes the daily struggles that Matthew experiences as a result of his Asperger's, ADD and OCD diagnoses were so true to life that I could clearly picture him in my head.
Mayra Trevino was just as special. She was a breath of fresh air, not your typical teenage girl who only thinks about makeup and boys and social status. She had a level head on her shoulders and practiced the patience of a saint when dealing with Matthew and helping him through experiences that were new to him and caused him stress.
This was my first book by Shay and all I can say is what the heck is wrong with me that I haven't picked one of her books up before now?? I loved her writing style and can tell she poured her heart and soul into this book.
This was an incredible story, one I will think about for a long time to come. Wow....just wow!!
A must read I didn’t know I needed!
I received an ARC of this book and I didn’t have a clue what it was about until I opened it up! Once I read that it was about a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome, a girl who pulls him out of his isolated existence, and a lottery ticket that changes their lives, I was all in! From what I could see around, this book was different from her other books, but because of her character development, story line, and writing style, I’m more than ready to pick up her other ones!
Our main character Matthew is different and he’s very much aware of it. Simple things that most may take for granted pose as a challenge for him. Matthew displays many charcteristics that an individual with Asperger’s may exhibit and one of those characteristics is that he’s reluctant to change. With that in mind, in this story many things change when he’s forced to pair with a new lab partner, Mayra, a beautiful, popular girl. At first he wasn’t too keen about changing from his regular partner, but as time goes on his routine starts to change for the better and Matthew starts to grow closer to Mayra. The friendship and trust between them grows and as it does Matthew finds out alot about himself and realizes
One thing I loved most about this story was the characters! They were each both so great and authentic! It was so very interesting to watch this story unfold through Matthew’s eyes and Mayra was one my favorites because her character was so incredibly caring and sweet! Other characters within the story also played a part and I enjoyed them immensely as well. These characters caused the storyline to be something lovely within its own. This book wasn’t emotionally draining and was just a good read! It was adorable, sweet, and incredibly different.
I think that one of the most important things to note is that Shay is yet another wonderful author to shed light on Autism! My younger brother has Asperger’s syndrome and this one most definitely hit home for me. I think that Matthew was an incredible representation and this book definitely gave me some kind of insight on what may be going through my brother’s mind! I appreciate any kind of book that brings awareness to Autism and the like and this one was definitely special!
You win some days; you lose others. That’s just how it works.
In short : This is an amazing, touching story that will also shed so much light to Autism while giving you a heartwarming story!