Are You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth
Woolshed Press, 2014. ISBN 9780857984739
(Age: 15+) Highly recommended.
'Perry has a brain condition that can cause him to feel anxious or upset in different places and circumstances. He has trouble with people - mixing with them and communicating with them - and sometimes results in inappropriate behaviours. I appreciate your understanding and patience.'
This book is highly recommended. It is a heartrending and joyful journey with the twins, Justine and Perry. They have lived with their father since their mother ran away from home when they were very young. Their father has just lost the battle with cancer and Justine has become the sole carer for her brother Perry.
Justine has completed negotiations for Perry to move into assisted-living accommodation and they set off on a fabulous trip of a lifetime. In their own ways they are very dependent on each other and treat each other with tender love and kindness. Although Justine has the responsibility and leads the way, Perry has a special kind of wisdom that brings a tear and a smile.
Things will get shaken up again, broken into pieces, and we will need to put it all back together the best way we can. And we will, because although we can't rely on a stable, predictable Earth in the years to come, we can rely on each other.
The relationships explored in this novel speak powerfully of love and forgiveness.