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Sunday, January 28, 2018

2018 Challenge - Book #22 - Ghost Boy

Today's review is for:

Ghost Boy
Author: Martin Pastorius
Pages: 288

This is an autobiography of Martin's life.  Martin was a normal, healthy boy until the age of 12.  Martin started to lose the ability to speak, walk, eat on his own, and see.  Doctors from all over the world ran every test, but a diagnosis was never found.  After spending years in the dark, Martin starts to wake up.  He still cannot speak and cannot defend himself, but he is aware of his surroundings.  Finally in 2001, 13 years after he fell ill, he finally learns to communicate with the help of a computer.  He can start to tell what he wants and what he needs.  He even finds love and gets married.  His life completely changes thanks to the help of a computer that gives him a voice.

This was a pretty good book.  I shuddered at some of the day care center horror stories he shared.  Things that happened to him when he was aware but unable to defend himself were horrifying.  But he finished high school, went to college, got a job, and found love.  I looked him up and he is still married and living a full life - even though his voice never returned. 

I love true stories and especially ones with happy endings.  It is hard to be critical of a book by a person who has been through so much.  He definitely isn't a writer, and his story where he found love is a bit too drawn out.  But all in all - good read.

Stars: 3

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