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.
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.
I was so excited to read Stim. So excited and I have to say that it’s one of my favorite reads for 2014 so far. Robert’s story is fascinating and though seeing things through his eyes, at times, was overwhelming, it stood to show how truly overwhelming it can be for someone like Robert to process all of the information around him.
Stim is a quick and enjoyable read and Robert is, at many times, unintentionally hilarious.
“…though it is my intention to make this a special project of mine; this year I will investigate sex and even try to take part…”
His roommate, Chloe was my favorite character. Although also diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, she is better able to understand the nuances of those around her.
Robert’s search for a “normal” girlfriend and his algorithm to prove that there is only one girl for him is sad in the fact that the search is akin to finding that needle in a haystack but is also hopelessly romantic.
I love when characters in a book are avid readers and Robert reads A TON of books (that I’d likely never pick up) but his descriptions for said titles were one of my favorite parts of the book. It makes you think how often the literal meaning of the title is so far from the actual topic!
My only wish is that Stim were longer or had a sequel. I’d love to read more about Robert and his journey with his newfound girlfriend!!
I give Stim 5 Stars!