As a special education teacher, I think I am drawn to the different. People who are different. My favorite students are my autistic students, I think because so many of them lack that filter that is instilled in us at an early age. They say and do what they feel, when they feel it. So, I was especially drawn to the characters in Shine Shine Shineby Lydia Netzer.
When Maxon met Sunny, he was seven years, four months, and eighteen-days old. Or, he was 2693 rotations of the earth old. Maxon was different. Sunny was different. They were different together.
That line pretty much sums up the book. Two wonderfully different people meet and fall in love. Maxon is a genius at robots, not so much so at social interactions. Sunny, different in her own way, helps Maxon with social niceties and raising their autistic son, Bubber.
At his father’s funeral, she showed him how to shake hands with the minister, what part of his mouth to show when smiling. Even the first time he told Sunny he loved her, Sunny herself had all but written the words in the air in front of him, and led him to the spot, and pointed to each syllable. And yet, that day, he made up his own words.
I really enjoyed this book. My only complaint is with the ending. I’m not sure if I wanted the book to go on longer, or wrap things up in a different way, but I just felt let down at the end. Still though everything else in the book more than makes up for the slight let down at the end.
I’m curious, if you’ve read it, and I highly encourage you to do so, what did you think of the ending? Was it just me, or did you wish for a little more?