What Color is Monday: How Autism Changed One Family For the Better by Carrie Cariello

What Color Is Monday?What Color is Monday? Finished 9-25-13, rating 4.5/5, autism, 216 pages, pub. 2013

This book was sent to me months ago, and I put it on my shelf and promptly forgot all about it.  Then I read The Spark and it sparked a memory in my brain that I’d agreed to read another book by a mother of an autistic son.  I appreciated this book so much more than The Spark so I’m glad I read it after or else it might have spoiled the first one completely.

Carrie is a mom to five kids aged 3-9 and wife to a dentist super dad.  In this fast paced and amazingly upbeat book, Carrie warmly and humorously lets the reader have an inside look at life with Jack, her second son, diagnosed with autism at two.  She stresses the positives but doesn’t shy away from the day to day drain it takes on her, her kids, and her marriage.  She is not trying to cure Jack, she is trying to make him the best he can be.  From meltdowns to triumphs this book is such joy to read.  As an only child and mother to an only child I wanted to jump right into her big and loving family.

Today 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys is diagnosed with autism.  This tells one story of autism and I think that if you have anyone in your life who has been diagnosed that you should read this book, it tells the story of so many families so well.  Do it as a favor to the mother and father but also as a favor to yourself.  I think you will find yourself entertained and enlightened.  It’s an easy read that will touch your heart and probably make you want to spend a day with the Cariello clan.

I should mention that this is not a how-to book on treatments or how to navigate therapies after a diagnosis.  This book is for you to read, smile, and nod your head in agreement.  She gets it.

This book was sent to me by the publicist.