Monday, March 10, 2014

Book Tour Review & Giveaway ($50 Amazon Gift Card): Stim by Kevin Berry

Stim by Kevin Berry
Publication date: October 16th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Robert is different. He has Asperger’s Syndrome. He experiences the world differently to 99% of the population. Follow his entertaining and highly empathetic story as he struggles to realise and accept who he really is, try to understand other people—which he cannot—and find a girlfriend. Especially find a girlfriend—he’s decided it’s his special project for the year. Accompanied on this transformative journey by his quirky flatmates, Chloe (who also has Asperger’s, amongst other things), Stef (who hasn’t, but doesn’t mind) and their oddly-named kitten, Robert endures a myriad of awkward moments in his quest to meet a nice, normal girl…and not even a major earthquake will stop him.

This absorbing and humorous story is starkly told from Robert’s point of view, through the kaleidoscope of autistic experience.



*** 3.5/5 Stars ***
“Stim” is the story of newly christened college student, Robert, who is on his own and learning to live as an adult with Asperser’s Syndrome (high functioning form of Autism). Overwhelmed with the dorm life, he moves in as a flat mate to with two girls. Robert starts a series of jobs and loses them just as quickly due to his frank honestly. Going to his kind doctor, Dr. Meg, he is prescribed an antidepressant that makes his soothes his depression and makes his life a bit better. After a failed party, he doubles the dose and goes on a crazy manic rampage through life for a few weeks. Using Chloe’s credit card, he purchases $4,000+ worth of stuff, including a motorbike that is quickly stolen, and a suit to win over the ladies. Rescued by Chloe, Robert returns to his normal, if stilted pace. The novel continues to follow his antics, the meeting of some unusual, mean, and friendly new people… some who surprisingly become a positive influence on Robert’s life. Number one advocate for Robert is Chloe, his bipolar, Asperser’s Syndrome diagnosed flat mate. Chloe is gorgeous and outrageous. Will their relationship flame on or flame out?
Having worked and known those on the Autism spectrum, this was a fun, kooky insight into the life of a young adult. I couldn’t image going through young adulthood again- let alone trying to understand the world in the lenses of those with Asperser’s Syndrome. Robert completely cracked me up, his personality entertaining, and struggles are cringe worthy. I cheered when he found his place in this goofy world.



Kevin Berry is an indie author. His particular niche is writing Aspie New Adult contemporary novels set in an earthquake zone. The first of these is STIM, published in October 2013.

His first novels, co-written with Diane Berry, are Dragons Away!, Growing Disenchantments and Fountain of Forever (humorous fantasy). These are available as paperbacks and ebooks at Amazon and elsewhere.

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