|About the Book|
James has cerebral palsy, people dont understand what he says and so hes stopped trying. Hes eighteen and just been placed in a strange and degrading institution, but there he meets Sally, a girl with Downs Syndrome, who turns everything on itsMoreJames has cerebral palsy, people dont understand what he says and so hes stopped trying. Hes eighteen and just been placed in a strange and degrading institution, but there he meets Sally, a girl with Downs Syndrome, who turns everything on its head. Challenging at times but ultimately uplifting and funny along the way, this is the story of how James and Sally fall in love and set their world to rights.James has just been moved from a residential school to the hospital that is intended to be his home for the rest of his life. He ends up staying there for only 6 months but in that time everything changes.Fed up with the difficulties James faces in communicating with other people and also sick of stupid tests and being treated like an idiot he has very much withdrawn into his own world. He now thinks and imagines rather than bothering to communicate. He enjoys the safety of this world until he meets Sally. The two of them hit it off straight away. Sally wants to understand James just so they can have fun together and for once James is keen to communicate as he feels Sally is someone he can trust, she has no ulterior motive.The hospital however is a tough place to survive in and despite James optimism and sense of humour its starting to get to him. It is only Sally’s presence and their developing friendship that brightens everything up. Then one day that friendship is put severely to the test and James feels hes lost Sally. For a while James struggles as he feels very much alone but then there is an opportunity to come to Sallys defence. The consequences of that will test them both but also show much they mean to each other. It is that love that gives them the strength to take their final cathartic act.