The St. Louis Post-Dispatch offers up a thoughtful review on the book:
This is not a book for the faint-hearted. Painful defeats are coupled with glorious victories. Suskind lays open older son Walt’s pain at having a brother who is always making a scene. And while Owen begins school at the Lab School (a success), the call his parents get toward the end of his first year is most definitely a failure.
“We get a call in late May that there’s a problem. He’s throwing poop. This is unacceptable, the head of the lower school tells us the next day in a meeting. Yes, we know. But why is he doing it — we need to get to the why.”
That short, and deceptively smart passage, can explain the crux of the battle for the Suskinds — getting to the whys, and the thoughts inside Owen’s brain. And without delving into too much statistical and informational overload, Suskind explains in a straightforward way many of the differences in how people with autism perceive and process information.