About The Book
ANNA a Novel by Laura Guthrie. Every cloud has a silver lining… doesn’t it? Anna is thirteen years old, lives in London with her father, and has Asperger’s syndrome. When her father dies, she moves to Scotland to live with her estranged, reclusive mother. With little support to help her in, she must use every coping strategy her father taught her—especially her ‘Happy Game’—as she tries to connect with her mother, discover her past, and deal with the challenges of being thrown into a brand new life along the way.
This is a bitter sweet story, full of rainbows and sometimes rain, but always in a positive way to remember us that no matter how many stones we find in our path, there’s always a way to skip them. Anna is 13 years old, she has Aspergers which is a developmental disorder characterised by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication. So, when she loses her father and has to move to a new place with her estranged mother it will not be easy, but Anna has a special way to cope with problems that will surprise anyone!
I really enjoyed this book, starting with the simplicity of the cover but all the emotions that transmits it. I felt that the story was the same, told by the 13 year old Anna, we will see how she tries to adapt to her new life, connect with her mother and discover her past. Anna’s way to see the world will collide with how the other people see it, but her way to cope with the problems will be the important part of the story.
I really liked how the author, Laura Guthrie, made the reader see and feel how different is life if you have Asperger, because it’s not easy, but they are people like you and me with their feelings and emotions. What I am trying to say is that being different doesn’t have to be something bad or good, simply different, and sometimes the only way to solve your problems is seeing the world in a different way!
Anna a Novel by Laura Guthrie, is a book that I would recommend anyone to read, young or adult, there’s a lot of things that we can learn from Anna, never forget that even if you don’t see the world the same way as the other people you are as important as them.
About The Author
Laura Guthrie grew up in the rural Scottish Highlands (“I come from where the planes don’t fly”). Her creative influences include Nessie and the elusive ‘Caiplich Beast’, as well as some choice authors and their works.
She has an honours degree in biological sciences from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Glasgow.