I actually just finished this book less than a half hour ago, and I want to get into my review before I forget any of it!
I received a copy of this book from Clockwise Press via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Fragile Bones tells the story of Harrison and Anna, a boy with high-functioning Autism, and the girl who befriends him. The two are a pair of unlikely friends, but are put together in the Best Buddy club at their school. Through this pairing, Anna hopes to have something new to put on her college applications, and Harrison’s family wants him to improve at social interactions.
The main focus of the book is on this new friendship that blossoms between Harrison and Anna, and the struggles that come along with it. For example, Harrison is incredibly knowledgable on the human body, diseases, and, most noticeably, bones. He knows ever bone in the body and recites them when he’s nervous, something that bothers his family, but interests Anna. This book features both the good and the bad, from Harrison’s improvements to his meltdowns.
I feel like this would be a great book for anyone to read, as it gives a view into the mind of someone with autism. Whether the reader knows someone personally with autism, or simply has an interest in it, it’s a very interesting read. It’s told from both Harrison’s and Anna’s POV, allowing the reader to understand why Harrison is acting a certain way (perhaps due to germs) and how Anna learns to react to him, both of which can be applicable to real life, should the opportunity present itself.
I personally enjoyed this book very much. It’s not very long, and there are no crazy conflicts. It just shows real life, and the lives of two completely different people who come together to become friends, despite their differences. I would recommend this!