Book Review: H by Elizabeth Shepard

H by Elizabeth Shepard

Title: H

Author: Elizabeth Shepard

Genre: Psychological Fiction

Number of Pages: 176

Rating: B

Recommended?: Yes

Okay… this is a weird book. Told entirely though letters, H follows an autistic boy who goes to a summer camp for children with emotional problems. The boy, Benjamin, is twelve years old but barely talks and is extremely withdrawn. Benjamin is also completely obsessed with a stuffed toy shaped like the letter H.

The first part of the book is made up of letters written by the adults in Benjamin’s life, focusing on his behavior and personal development. The second part delves into Benjamin’s psyche, with letters written back and forth between him and his toy H, Elliot.

The second part is pretty stream-of-consciousness and a little confusing, but I liked getting some scenes from Benjamin’s perspective. The style of this book is very offbeat and the tone changes drastically partway through the book. Benjamin has definite autistic traits but he also displays symptoms of emotional problems and childhood mental illness.

I liked his character and I enjoyed seeing how he gradually distances himself from H and the imaginary world he has always retreated into. The other characters were okay, we really didn’t get a good look of who they were outside of their relationships with Benjamin. I would recommend this book to anybody who is interested in abnormal psychology.

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