The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
- Publish Date: 2016-03-22
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Naoki Higashida
âOne of the most remarkable books Iâve ever read. Itâs truly moving, eye-opening, incredibly vivid.ââJon Stewart, The Daily Show
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
NPR â¢ The Wall Street Journal â¢Â Bloomberg Business â¢Â Bookish
FINALIST FOR THE BOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE FIRST BOOK AWARD â¢ NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Youâve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.
Using an alphabet grid to painstakingly construct words, sentences, and thoughts that he is unable to speak out loud, Naoki answers even the most delicate questions that people want to know. Questions such as: âWhy do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly?â âWhy do you line up your toy cars and blocks?â âWhy donât you make eye contact when youâre talking?â and âWhatâs the reason you jump?â (Naokiâs answer: âWhen Iâm jumping, itâs as if my feelings are going upward to the sky.â) With disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself. His insightsâinto the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memoryâare so startling, so strange, and so powerful that you will never look at the world the same way again.
In his introduction, bestselling novelist David Mitchell writes that Naokiâs words allowed him to feel, for the first time, as if his own autistic child was explaining what was happening in his mind. âIt is no exaggeration to say that The Reason I Jump allowed me to round a corner in our relationship.â This translation was a labor of love by David and his wife, KA Yoshida, so theyâd be able to share that feeling with friends, the wider autism community, and beyond. Naokiâs book, in its beauty, truthfulness, and simplicity, is a gift to be shared.
Praise for The Reason I Jump
âThis is an intimate book, one that brings readers right into an autistic mind.ââChicago Tribune (Editorâs Choice)
âAmazing times a million.ââWhoopi Goldberg, People
âThe Reason I Jump is a Rosetta stone. . . . This book takes about ninety minutes to read, and it will stretch your vision of what it is to be human.ââAndrew Solomon, The Times (U.K.)
âExtraordinary, moving, and jeweled with epiphanies.ââThe Boston Globe
âSmall but profound . . . [Higashidaâs] startling, moving insights offer a rare look inside the autistic mind.ââParade
From the Hardcover edition.