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The Reason I Jump

de Naoki Higashida

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Biography & Autobiography. Family & Relationships. Medical. Nonfiction. HTML:One of the most remarkable books Ive ever read. Its truly moving, eye-opening, incredibly vivid.Jon Stewart, The Daily Show

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
NPR The Wall Street Journal  Bloomberg Business  Bookish

FINALIST FOR THE BOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE FIRST BOOK AWARD NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Youve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.
 
Using an alphabet grid to painstakingly construct words, sentences, and thoughts that he is unable to speak out loud, Naoki answers even the most delicate questions that people want to know. Questions such as: Why do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly? Why do you line up your toy cars and blocks? Why dont you make eye contact when youre talking? and Whats the reason you jump? (Naokis answer: When Im jumping, its as if my feelings are going upward to the sky.) With disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself. His insightsinto the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memoryare so startling, so strange, and so powerful that you will never look at the world the same way again.
 
In his introduction, bestselling novelist David Mitchell writes that Naokis words allowed him to feel, for the first time, as if his own autistic child was explaining what was happening in his mind. It is no exaggeration to say that The Reason I Jump allowed me to round a corner in our relationship. This translation was a labor of love by David and his wife, KA Yoshida, so theyd be able to share that feeling with friends, the wider autism community, and beyond. Naokis book, in its beauty, truthfulness, and simplicity, is a gift to be shared.

Praise for The Reason I Jump

This is an intimate book, one that brings readers right into an autistic mind.Chicago Tribune (Editors Choice)

Amazing times a million.Whoopi Goldberg, People

The Reason I Jump is a Rosetta stone. . . . This book takes about ninety minutes to read, and it will stretch your vision of what it is to be human.Andrew Solomon, The Times (U.K.)

Extraordinary, moving, and jeweled with epiphanies.The Boston Globe
 
Small but profound . . . [Higashidas] startling, moving insights offer a rare look inside the autistic mind.Parade.
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Reading "The Reason I Jump" is the best way I've found to improve one's understanding of how a person with Autism thinks and feels. It's an amazing perspective, described well, by 13-year-old Naoki.

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  jbaty | Dec 29, 2023 |
A short book by an autistic Japanese boy, describing what it is like to be autistic. It's pretty interesting, as obviously he doesn't know what it's like to not be autistic. The book is structured as brief questions about autism (presumably those that Naoki has been asked a lot), followed by answers, of about a page. Interspersed are Naoki's short stories, some of which are really beautiful. A touching - perhaps moving - courage, openess and humanity pervades the book. This is a quick, fascinating read, which left me feeling a huge amount of sympathy and admiration for Naoki, and, I hope, a good bit more understanding of the experience of autism. Recommended. ( )
1 vota thisisstephenbetts | Nov 25, 2023 |
Written by a boy with autism. Insightful and touching. A very quick read. ( )
  cdaley | Nov 2, 2023 |
"Everybody has a heart that can be touched by something."

"The Reason I Jump", written by Naoki Higashida and translated by David Mitchell (author of Cloud Atlas) and his wife is short in length but each word is purposeful. What is remarkable is that Naoki was only 13 when he wrote the book and he struggles in writing sentences out himself relying heavily on an 'Alphabet Grid', a laminated print out of a keyboard, that allows him to point out each letter to form his words to those around him.

The book takes the form of a Q&A session in which he covers virtually every element of life; sights, sounds, scents and memories, and concludes with a short story that he wrote himself. There are some 58 questions and despite the vast array that the narrator uses to interview Naoki, his answers become largely repetitive pointing to the single simple message that he is trying to relay.

In the book Naoki describes himself as a prisoner of his own body and suggests that he might be better off if the people around him were more understanding of his way of life. I picked this book up because my job means dealing with the public and I have a couple of friends whose sons have the condition. Whilst I realise that this is only one person's experience of autism I came away feeling that I had been given a glimpse into an unknown hidden world. I also hope that I have gained some added respect for those individuals living with the condition and will endeavour to be more patient and understanding to anyone who might be struggling in the future; that after all is what the author is really asking for. I would recommend this book to everyone but especially to those who have public facing occupations. ( )
  PilgrimJess | Sep 30, 2023 |

I borrowed this from the KC Library, my first Kindle download from the library.

I read this for insight into my autistic nephew and it was indeed helpful.
The fact that it was written by a young autistic boy is almost beyond belief.


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Biography & Autobiography. Family & Relationships. Medical. Nonfiction. HTML:One of the most remarkable books Ive ever read. Its truly moving, eye-opening, incredibly vivid.Jon Stewart, The Daily Show

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
NPR The Wall Street Journal  Bloomberg Business  Bookish

FINALIST FOR THE BOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE FIRST BOOK AWARD NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Youve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.
 
Using an alphabet grid to painstakingly construct words, sentences, and thoughts that he is unable to speak out loud, Naoki answers even the most delicate questions that people want to know. Questions such as: Why do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly? Why do you line up your toy cars and blocks? Why dont you make eye contact when youre talking? and Whats the reason you jump? (Naokis answer: When Im jumping, its as if my feelings are going upward to the sky.) With disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself. His insightsinto the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memoryare so startling, so strange, and so powerful that you will never look at the world the same way again.
 
In his introduction, bestselling novelist David Mitchell writes that Naokis words allowed him to feel, for the first time, as if his own autistic child was explaining what was happening in his mind. It is no exaggeration to say that The Reason I Jump allowed me to round a corner in our relationship. This translation was a labor of love by David and his wife, KA Yoshida, so theyd be able to share that feeling with friends, the wider autism community, and beyond. Naokis book, in its beauty, truthfulness, and simplicity, is a gift to be shared.

Praise for The Reason I Jump

This is an intimate book, one that brings readers right into an autistic mind.Chicago Tribune (Editors Choice)

Amazing times a million.Whoopi Goldberg, People

The Reason I Jump is a Rosetta stone. . . . This book takes about ninety minutes to read, and it will stretch your vision of what it is to be human.Andrew Solomon, The Times (U.K.)

Extraordinary, moving, and jeweled with epiphanies.The Boston Globe
 
Small but profound . . . [Higashidas] startling, moving insights offer a rare look inside the autistic mind.Parade.

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