By Dakota.Me.UK, Aug 21 2016 10:22AM
The Boy who Fell To Earth, Kathy Lette, Black Swan 2013.
Lucy has a very important man in her life, her autistic son, Merlin. Merlin’s Father Jeremy abandoned them when Merlin was very young, claiming he couldn’t handle Merlin’s condition. After years on her own, and a series of dates which don’t go according to plan, the perfect man, Archie, lands on her doorstep. Okay he swears, he makes constant innuendoes, but he has a huge heart. And most importantly, he gets Merlin. Just when life seems as though it couldn’t get any better, Jeremy makes an unexpected return, pleading forgiveness.
Kathy Lette has explained she didn’t have to look far for her inspiration for The Boy Who Fell To Earth as her son has Asperger’s. This is apparent in Merlin’s character and some of his utterings make for a hilarious yet touching read. Jeremy claims to have had a change of heart, wanting to do everything he can to make hers and Merlin’s lives easier. Following Jeremy’s father’s death, his Mother who has previously treated Lucy and Merlin terribly, seems much more open to them.
It is disheartening to see how Jeremy gradually wears Lucy down; I felt a sinking feeling of how matters would eventually pan out. Merlin is the shining star of this novel, which gives a real insight into life with an autistic child, something I had very little knowledge of previously. A fantastic book with laugh out loud moments and crashing lows, The Boy Who Fell To Earth taught me if something seems too good to be true, it usually is. Read it now!
Review by Purple Poetess