It's a date - every Saturday for 13 weeks - reluctant or otherwise. But when Jake, an at-home dad, meets Emily at their first session of the anger management course, it is fair to say it is dislike at first sight. However, for Jake's six-year-old son Alfie, it is just the opposite. He and Emily strike up an instant rapport that will end up changing the course of all their lives.
From autism and anger, to alcoholism and abuse, this thought-provoking story sensitively handles these challenging issues with compassion and humour.
This was a great book - we all loved it. An easy read. Highly recommend.
Everyone enjoyed this book, even the ones who don't like chapters written from different characters' perspectives. All agreed that it was very well-written and gave us a big insight into life raising a PDA child.
A real favourite. A great discussion with the teachers in the group!
The majority of the group enjoyed this book though we all agreed that the son would have been very difficult to manage. We loved that all points of view were covered from the main characters. Lots of heartstrings pulled:-)
Everybody loved this book and it created great conversation. We learnt a lot about PDA and all of us, as parents/grandparents, could relate.
Loved by all. Great easy read.
An easy read but most found the story line a bit light for such a stressful, deeply emotional and draining situation. In spite of this we had a very animated discussion around the difficulties of raising a PDA child, the stress on the parents and the family as a whole. The difficulties of managing 'outbursts' in public places not to mention the withering looks and comments made by the general public.
All the group learned about PDA - all really enjoyed the book. An easy read. Compassionately written. Very real.
Only 3 of us completed this book. We all found it repetitive and tiresome. Some good aspects to the characters, but hard to get into as they kept changing.
Loved this book - really felt like the author understood parenting a challenging child, and while none of us had a child with PDA, this spoke to us. Good characterisation, and we enjoyed the novelty of the settings - anger management group etc.
Everybody liked the book and learned a lot about autism and parenting. We liked the way it was written from different perspectives. We would have liked more from Alfie's mother's point of view. A good read.
Everyone enjoyed the book. Interesting discussion about disabilities, the pros and cons of labelling children, anger management, and abusive relationships. One member is already reading Rachel Mark's next book.