Book Review: "What About the Boy" Shares the Importance of Being Your Kid's Advocate
By Living, Learning, and Loving Life on September 29, 2011
What About the Boy? A Father's Pledge to His Disabled Son by Stephen Gallup was just released at the beginning of September and is one of those books that will stay with you. From what I've read about the book, I have to say I'm intrigued. All parents, whether our children are facing special needs or not, are our kids' advocates. Learning from others who have fought tooth and nail to provide the best for their kids is one way we can find the strength to do what is right for our own children.
Amanda at Living, Learning and Loving Life reviewed the book. She admitted that it was a challenging read at times -- and it did make her cry -- but that its message is important for all parents.
I expected this book to make me cry. I did not expect it to make me mad. As I read about the Gallup's struggle to find answers for their son, I was so disgusted by the mainstream medical world's refusal to, at first, acknowledge anything was wrong, then later, to acknowledge that someone somewhere might know something they didn't.
This is a book about being your child's advocate. It's about pushing past all the "experts" who are basically telling you, "We don't have the answers, so you're not allowed to have questions." It's about parents who were so desperate to help their son that they humbled themselves and asked for help from people they didn't even know. It is not about Super-Parents. Steve is very transparent about just how human they are.