Reading Maybe in Paris, I was hooked from the start. The story begins with her brother attempting suicide and being hospitalized for months, diagnosed with Autism amongst other things. It feels real and heart-wrenching as Keira attempts to reconcile her beliefs about the abilities of her brother with the pessimistic views of the doctor. I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I’m grateful for the opportunity to read it. It’s the ultimate story about siblings, autism, and love.
A story about siblings
Maybe in Paris describes the relationship between Keira and her brother, Levi, with perfect intensity. Keira wants desperately for her brother, Levi, to love Paris as much as she does. However, just as siblings do, they disagree on many things about what’s to like about Paris. Keira has a difficult time with Levi’s eternally negative attitude about sightseeing and it’s purposefulness, but works hard to bring them together. Surely they have something in common they can do together. Finding that Levi would love nothing more than to stay in the hotel room, she eventually sets out on her own.
As it happens, this time of separation is hard on Levi. He finds comfort not only in the hotel room but in having his sister nearby. Eventually, she stays out longer than promised, and Levi disappears. Does Keira find her brother and repair their relationship? Details about what she knows about him will hopefully reunite them, but you’ll have to read to find out more.
Interwoven details about autism
Keira and Levi are not just siblings, but Levi has autism and Keira has a hard time reconciling this detail. The book describes what it’s like to have siblings with autism perfectly. It’s also realistic about how difficult it can be to come to terms with learning about how autism affects relationships. In the end, the story is about love and learning to love someone as they are.
Maybe in Paris is a beautiful story about siblings and autism. I couldn’t put the book down, drawn in by their relationship and their struggles. It’s a must-read, especially for those who are struggling to understand autism and the beauty within.
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