Review & Giveaway! Stim by Kevin Berry


by Kevin Berry
Publication date: October 16th 2013
Category: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Source: ebook provided by author
in exchange for an honest review

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Robert is different. He has Asperger’s Syndrome. He experiences the world differently to 99% of the population. Follow his entertaining and highly empathetic story as he struggles to realise and accept who he really is, try to understand other people—which he cannot—and find a girlfriend. Especially find a girlfriend—he’s decided it’s his special project for the year. Accompanied on this transformative journey by his quirky flatmates, Chloe (who also has Asperger’s, amongst other things), Stef (who hasn’t, but doesn’t mind) and their oddly-named kitten, Robert endures a myriad of awkward moments in his quest to meet a nice, normal girl…and not even a major earthquake will stop him.

This absorbing and humorous story is starkly told from Robert’s point of view, through the kaleidoscope of autistic experience.


~My Thoughts~

Stim is a quirky and emotional tale told from the voice of Robert, a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome. Robert is such a beautiful character; he’s simple and complex all at the same time. He’s very straight-forward, as some autistic folks can be, so he really means what he says and he doesn’t understand why NS (non-spectrum) people don’t function the same way. He’s trying hard to navigate this life in a world that doesn’t make much sense to him when he meets Chloe at a local coffee shop. Chloe is also an Aspie (has Asperger’s Syndrome) but she is different from Robert. She seems to understand the inner working of this world a little better than Robert does, and he’s fortunate to become her best friend and roommate. They end up sharing an apartment with her cousin Stef, who does not have Asperger’s Syndrome, but is very supportive of her cousin. Robert is a man on a mission: to find a girlfriend. A “normal” NS girlfriend, not an Aspie. He’s very determined to figure out what sex is all about, and not just what he’s seen in movies or read in books. He wants an experience and he’ll stop at nothing to get it.

Stim made me feel so many things. This story gives the reader a glimpse of not only what it’s like to be inside the mind of someone with Asperger’s Syndrome, but it also confirms the saying: When you’ve met one person with Asperger’s, you’ve met one person with Asperger’s. Robert and Chloe are alike in the way they understand each other and what they have to go through as Aspie’s, but they are so different as well. I loved both characters for very different reasons. This story dealt me a full spectrum of emotions, and when something touches your heart this way it is not easily forgotten. My pastor said something recently during a sermon: Laughing and crying both come from the same part of your soul. Who doesn’t love a story that causes you to feel more than one emotion at a time? It’s good for your soul.

I highly recommend Stim to everyone that loves to read. No matter what genre you normally gravitate toward, this book is going to make you laugh and cringe and hyperventilate and feel joy and sorrow all in a short amount of time, but it’s going to live in your heart for a long time.

~About the Author~

Kevin Berry

Kevin Berry is an indie author. His particular niche is writing Aspie New Adult contemporary novels set in an earthquake zone. The first of these is STIM, published in October 2013.

His first novels, co-written with Diane Berry, are Dragons Away!, Growing Disenchantments and Fountain of Forever (humorous fantasy). These are available as paperbacks and ebooks at Amazon and elsewhere.

Kevin’s Website | Twitter | Goodreads


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Follower of Jesus, loving wife, homeschooling mom, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.
  • Nurmawati Djuhawan

    thx u for hosting ^^

  • Bertie

    Book sounds interesting ,thanks for the review

  • Angela Searles

    Sounds like a great read!

  • “When you’ve met one person with Asperger’s, you’ve met one person with Asperger’s” I love this! I don’t know anyone with Aspergers but there are so many autistic kids I have met and they’re all very different and it affects them in different ways too. I have never read a book with the syndrome but I love that it’s in his POV. This sounds like such a profound and well balanced read! 🙂

    • I hope you get the chance to read this, Giselle. It really is a book I’ll remember forever.

  • Sounds like a good book! I’m avoiding most book tours so must have missed this one. I have a feeling it’ll wreck me though

  • K.C. Finn

    This sounds like a fabulous and realistic take on AS from an author who knows how to represent the condition in the right light.

  • Melissa Cushing

    This sounds like a fabulous read! Thanks so much for sharing this delightful sounding read and giveaway! Good Luck To All!

  • Toni, thank you so much for the review. I’m really glad the book resonated with you 🙂

    • Hi Kevin, thank you so much for stopping by today. Brilliant story. I look forward to reading more of your work!

  • Michelle

    This sounds wonderful, I don’t usually go for emotional reads like this but this one sounds too good to pass up.

  • Carol Savoy-Fox

    Sounds like a good read, but for personal reasons I’m not sure if I’ll be able to read this….to emotional and heartbreaking for me to read I’m thinking. Long story, will have to tell you about someday Toni 🙂

    • I totally understand, Carol. If it helps, I chuckled more than anything. Well, that might be a lie.. I may have hyperventilated as much as I laughed. 😉

      • Carol Savoy-Fox

        Well if it makes me laugh and doesn’t make me cry then I will check it out 🙂

  • cezovski

    This would be a book I’d like to read — my daughter has Asperbergers. It is very low end, but still, this would be interesting to read.
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  • Pauline Creeden

    Looks like an interesting read…I have a few riding lesson students with Aspergers…and I think my husband has it on the low end but he was never diagnosed.