Father's Day

A Journey into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son

Non-Fiction - Audiobook
256 Pages
Reviewed on 08/18/2012
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Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers' Favorite

Buzz Bissinger, well known author of "Friday Night Lights" (among other great writings), is the father of twins. Gerry and Zach could not be more different. Gerry is "normal" while his twin is autistic and a savant. Zach's journey is not an easy one but Buzz and his ex-wife work as a team to provide the best experience they can for his life. Wanting to spend more time with his now mid-20's son, Buzz decides to take the young man-child on a road trip to the places where they used to live across the country. What happens next is a roller coaster ride for each man in their own way.

Having never had the experience of parenting a child with special needs like Zach, it was an eye opening experience to listen to this audio book. The joys and pitfalls of being such a parent and being a son with special needs have etched deep in the recesses of my mind. I laughed; I snickered. I got so angry at the author for his apparent lack of patience, but then I cried when I realized that he was really doing the best he could under such pressure. I wanted to yell at him. I wanted to hug him and apologize for thinking these thoughts in the first place. I am a person who carries tidbits of what I have learned. Every time I get lost or forget something I should remember, I think of Zach and his amazing gifts. I think everybody should listen to this audio book. It puts life into its true perspective.