The Reason I Jump – book review

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

This book is written by a 13 year old severely autistic Japanese boy. It offers insight from the world within an autistic’s mind. Written in a Q & A format, it contains common questions we often ask about autism. Why do you speak in that peculiar way? Why don’t you make eye contact when you’re talking? Do you have a sense of time? Why do you repeat certain questions again and again? The answers provided from the perspective of an autistic help to dispel some of our misconceptions about autistic traits and behaviors. It also contains an honest plea for our understanding and perseverance when dealing with someone who is autistic.

The original book was written using a cardboard keyboard containing Japanese letters. Naoki learnt to communicate via pointing to letters contained in the keyboard. The book has been translated by David Mitchell and KA Yoshida in the hope that it will offer invaluable insight into an autistic’s world.

A wonderful book that will definitely tug the heart strings of its readers!