The State of Grace
Rachael LucasAges 12+
Whip-smart, hilarious and unapologetically honest, The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas is a heart-warming story of one girl trying to work out where she fits in, and whether she even wants to.
Sometimes I feel like everyone else was handed a copy of the rules for life and mine got lost.
Grace is autistic and has her own way of looking at the world. She's got a horse and a best friend who understand her, and that's pretty much all she needs. But when Grace kisses Gabe and things start to change at home, the world doesn't make much sense to her any more. Suddenly everything threatens to fall apart, and it's up to Grace to fix it on her own.
The best books captivate, entertain and make readers think – and Rachael Lucas’s State of Grace ticks all of these boxes. Lucas, the author of several novels for grown-ups, tells the story of 15-year-old Grace, a girl with Asperger’s who describes her brain as being like “a million shooting stars flying out in different directions”. A witty and engaging read about family, friends and first love
A sweetly funny look at first love, family and faking it told from the perspective of a heroine with Asperger's and her own particular way of looking at the world.
Sarra Manning, Red Magazine Online
A rare example of a convincing female protagonist with autism in a compelling and well-crafted romance.