Author: Sabina Berman and Lisa Dillman
Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co
Source: Amazon Vine
Date Completed: October/2012
Rating: 4/5Recommend: yes
In this unique novel, the narrator, Karen Nieto was raised by a mentally ill mother and left to wander alone aimlessly along the beach near her family's business, a tuna cannery. It isn't until Karen's mother dies and her aunt Isabelle comes to Mexico to take over the failing family business, that she realizes how this poor girl has been living, allowed to wander dirty and naked along the beach in Maztatlan.
It isn't long before Karen's life completely changes for the better, and for the first time she is able to see herself as Karen, a person, instead of just "me". Limited in many areas especially socially because of her autism, yet, in other areas she is practically a genius. She realizes she is different, but she does not see herself as limited. Most important, she is happy in her skin.
I enjoyed the way this story was written, and Karen's voice and reactions to things that happen seemed very realistic for an individual with autism. I was impressed with how well Karen was able to deal with the significant events in her life despite of her lack of social skills caused by her limitations that resulted. Worth Reading!