Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb

Into the Wild

Read Best Boy Online Free - For fans of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time comes this landmark novel about autism, memory, and, ultimately, redemption.

Sent to a “therapeutic community” for autism at the age of eleven, Todd Aaron, now in his fifties, is the “Old Fox” of Payton LivingCenter. A joyous man who rereads the encyclopedia compulsively, he is unnerved by the sudden arrivals of a menacing new staffer and a disruptive, brain-injured roommate. His equilibrium is further worsened by Martine, a one-eyed new resident who has romantic intentions and convinces him to go off his meds to feel “normal” again. Undone by these pressures, Todd attempts an escape to return “home” to his younger brother and to a childhood that now inhabits only his dreams.

Written astonishingly in the first-person voice of an autistic, adult man, Best Boy—with its unforgettable portraits of Todd’s beloved mother, whose sweet voice still sings from the grave, and a staffer named Raykene, who says that Todd “reflects the beauty of His creation”—is a piercing, achingly funny, finally shattering novel no reader can ever forget.

Title : Best Boy
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ISBN : 1631490478
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

August 28, 2015

As soon as you start reading you enter the mind and thoughts of fifty something Todd Aaron, an autistic man who has lived at the Payton Living Center for a good portion of his life. The wonderful and sometimes strange ways he looks at things and people. One cannot help but take this character to...

Angela M rated it ★★★★☆

August 28, 2015

The first person narrative by an autistic man is as the description notes , reminiscent of the teenage narrative in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night . I don't know a lot about autism , but what I do know is that I certainly felt the tension and anxiety that Todd feels as he described...

Ron rated it ★★★★★

August 22, 2017

Most often it takes a few chapters before I can truly say, “I’m enjoying this book”. Not so with Best Boy. I liked it from page one, in the spot I met Todd Aaron. You see, Todd is easy to like. He is joyful but routine; smart but simple; inquisitive but tentative. Well who isn’t I say. Sometimes...

Carole rated it ★★★★★

January 01, 2016

This story is told by Todd Aaron, a man in his 50s who is autistic. I thought the author did a great job writing from his point of view. I have always had a special place in my heart for people with special needs, and I am interested in stories like this that are told well. I loved this book!

Liz rated it ★★★★★

March 14, 2016

”You were a best boy who became a beautiful man and made everybody who knew you very proud.” Imagine seeing the world through the eyes of someone who is completely defenseless against it. Someone incapable of deception, who does not distinguish laughter from contempt in people he doesn’t know. A p...

Pamela rated it ★★★★★

July 12, 2016

BEST BOY stole my heart...... So many raw emotions/feelings/sensations were purged from me through this deceptively quiet, micro-suspense novel: love, tenderness, anger, frustration, joy, innocence, angst, vulnerability, fear, heartbreak, sweetness. Everyone in book club today, with the exceptio...

Caitlin rated it ★★★★★

September 10, 2015

I absolutely loved this book. I know that a large part of my enjoyment of it, is because my son is on the autism spectrum. I saw a lot of him in Todd. It also was a good look into what might go through my son's mind at times, why he struggles in certain situations. My own personal experiences asi...

Anna rated it ★★★★☆

October 13, 2015

Todd, an autistic man has lived at Payton Living Center for decades. Todd was dropped off at the age of 13, when his family could no longer tolerate his occasional violent outbursts. Told by his mother when she leaves him to be the "best boy" possible, Todd has tried to live by the rules and find...

Tania rated it ★★★☆☆

January 06, 2016

This wasn't my home. It pretended to be. It pretended with all its might that it was filled with people who were my family and also that it was the right place for me. But none of these things were true and they never would be. 3.5 stars For me this is a story about love - the beautiful kind (his...

Connie rated it ★★★★☆

February 27, 2017

When his mother brought Todd Aaron to the Payton Living Center, she gave her autistic son words to live by: "Life has a song of happiness at the heart of it, but you can only hear that song if you work hard and are always a Best Boy and do exactly what you are told." Forty years later, Todd has a...

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