EPISODES by Blaze Ginsberg


My Life as I See It
Age Range: 12 & up
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Crushes, obsessions, friendships, family, Grand Theft Auto, Thanksgiving and Hilary Duff form the topics of just a few of the stories in the memoir of Blaze Ginsberg, high-functioning autistic son of writer Debra Ginsberg. The author repackages the stories from his life into “episodes,” IMDB-like entries complete with cast, plot synopses, quotes, notes, trivia and soundtracks. Instead of organizing his life chronologically, Blaze categorizes it by life events, such as his hilariously lovable crush on Duff from 2004 to 2006, during which he single-handedly purchased every album, saw every film and simultaneously most likely drove his entire network of friends and family crazy over it. Though original, this format isn’t so easy to follow. Many of the vignettes that make up the episodes are choppy and leave too much information to imagination, and even the most sophisticated teen reader will be left with questions. They will, however, come to understand Blaze, as each passage functions as a minimalist gateway into his passions, dreams, fears and desires. (Memoir. 12 & up)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59643-461-5
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: Roaring Brook
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2009