Monday, April 18, 2016

review: love that boy by ron fournier

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In Love That Boy (a title that comes from an instruction given by former president George W. Bush), journalist Ron Fournier writes about his family with a focus on his youngest child, a boy who has Asperger’s. At the behest of his wife, Fournier tries to bond with his son while learning about past presidents since his son has no interest in or aptitude for sports as Fournier had dreamed when his son was born. Fournier shares the difficulties he had accepting Tyler as well as the struggles of other parents he’s met. The hook of this reflection on parenting is the meetings father and son have with the three most recent (as of April 2016) presidents of the United States. The most in-depth comments come from George W. Bush and Bill Clinton since both agreed to personal meetings with Tyler. The way these two different men related to a child with Asperger’s was touching and revealing of their character regardless of political leanings or scandals.
Review copy provided by the publisher, Harmony Books.

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