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The Reason I Jump - The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

Naoki Higashida

You' ve 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: " Why do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly?" " Why do you line up your toy cars and blocks?" " Why don' t you make eye contact when you' re talking?" and " What' s the reason you jump?" (Naoki' s answer: " When I' m jumping, it' s as if my feelings are going upward to the sky." ) With disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself. His insights-- into the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memory-- are 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 Naoki' s words allowed him to feel, for the first time, as if his own autistic child was explaining what was happening in his mind. " It is no exaggeration to say that The Reason I Jump allowed me to round a corner in our relationship." This translation was a labor of love by David and his wife, KA Yoshida, so they' d be able to share that feeling with friends, the wider autism community, and beyond. Naoki' s book, in its beauty, truthfulness, and simplicity, is a gift to be shared.

You' ve 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: " Why do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly?" " Why do you line up your toy cars and blocks?" " Why don' t you make eye contact when you' re talking?" and " What' s the reason you jump?" (Naoki' s answer: " When I' m jumping, it' s as if my feelings are going upward to the sky." ) With disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself. His insights-- into the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memory-- are 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 Naoki' s words allowed him to feel, for the first time, as if his own autistic child was explaining what was happening in his mind. " It is no exaggeration to say that The Reason I Jump allowed me to round a corner in our relationship." This translation was a labor of love by David and his wife, KA Yoshida, so they' d be able to share that feeling with friends, the wider autism community, and beyond. Naoki' s book, in its beauty, truthfulness, and simplicity, is a gift to be shared.
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You' ve 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: " Why do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly?" " Why do you line up your toy cars and blocks?" " Why don' t you make eye contact when you' re talking?" and " What' s the reason you jump?" (Naoki' s answer: " When I' m jumping, it' s as if my feelings are going upward to the sky." ) With disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself. His insights-- into the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memory-- are 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 Naoki' s words allowed him to feel, for the first time, as if his own autistic child was explaining what was happening in his mind. " It is no exaggeration to say that The Reason I Jump allowed me to round a corner in our relationship." This translation was a labor of love by David and his wife, KA Yoshida, so they' d be able to share that feeling with friends, the wider autism community, and beyond. Naoki' s book, in its beauty, truthfulness, and simplicity, is a gift to be shared.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Keiko Yoshida, David Mitchell, Tom Picasso

Length:

2h 28m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

18:01


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:38


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:01


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:39


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

01:45


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

01:58


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:06


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

01:02


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

01:19


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:22


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

01:30


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

01:23


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

00:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

01:04


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

01:39


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:18


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

01:14


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:56


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

00:52


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

01:15


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

01:41


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:32


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

00:58


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

01:25


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:30


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

01:46


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

01:05


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

01:17


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

01:12


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:03


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

02:07


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

01:30


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

01:44


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

01:30


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

01:33


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

01:55


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

00:45


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

00:57


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

00:43


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

01:39


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

01:24


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:47


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

01:33


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

01:28


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

01:23


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

01:24


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

01:19


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

02:58


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

01:20


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

01:20


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

01:37


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

01:11


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

01:36


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:21


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

01:53


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

01:15


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

02:22


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

01:26


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

00:59


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

32:57


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

01:14


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

02:01