Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius

Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body
by Martin Pistorius -- 276 pages

Martin became sick when we was 12 years old, and within a year, he had declined to nothing more than a vegetable, unseeing, unknowing. Then his mind began to piece itself back together. For a decade he lived in a useless body, secretly aware, but unable to tell anyone. He thought of himself as the Ghost Boy, invisible, because no one knew he was there.

This book is mainly about his journey out of this state, how someone finally insisted that he was aware, and how they finally learned to communicate with him, as well as how difficult it was to make the transition.

This book was beautifully written, in my opinion, bouncing between present tense and past tense, showing us his history as it has to do with the "present" that he is writing about.

However, this is definitely a book for adults, particularly one chapter, "Memories" in which he recalls memories about a certain care center at which he was horribly abused. I give it four stars, but I wouldn't recommend it to everyone.

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