What do you get when you take three families, all with children who are on the autism spectrum, and leave them at a camp to fend for themselves? Absolute hilarity, that's what. Harmony is the story of the Hammond family's search for "normalcy" in the middle of not so normal circumstances. It is told in alternating perspectives of Alexandra, the mother, and Iris, the neurotypical daughter. Alexandra packs up her husband and two daughters to live at Camp Harmony in hopes that parenting expert Scott Bean can come up with a solution for how to raise Tilly, the Hammond's eldest daughter who is a mix of genius and socially awkward. Harmony was a definite page turner, and actually made my jaw drop with the ending.
After the Hammonds move to Camp Harmony, they must relinquish their electronics, their car keys, and pretty much all independence for the good of the camp. It seems they'll follow autism guru Scott Bean to the ends of the earth, until some events at camp lead them to believe he might not be who he says he is.
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This was definitely one of my top 10 books of the summer, and I'm so excited to share it with you on its publication date. Run out to your nearest book store and pick this one up now!
Rating: 4 stars
Thanks to Penguin's First to Read for a free advanced copy of Harmony in exchange for an honest review.
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