When My Heart Joins the Thousand by A.J. Steiger

When My Heart Joins the Thousand

Obviously I’m not what most people would describe as happy. But that has nothing to do with anything. Happiness is not a priority. Survival is.Alvie Fitz doesn’t fit in, and she doesn’t care. She’s spent years swallowing meds and bad advice from doctors and social workers. Adjust, adapt. Pretend to be normal. It sounds so easy.If she can make it to her eighteenth birthday without any major mishaps, she’ll be legally emancipated. Free. B...

Details When My Heart Joins the Thousand

TitleWhen My Heart Joins the Thousand
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
GenreYoung Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Reviews When My Heart Joins the Thousand

  • C.G. Drews
    So this was just super heartfelt and just GOOD. Also slow. I won't deny I found the pacing and lack of things happening a little tedious (but I'm the kind of person who finds sleeping tedious because I WANT TO MOVE; so take that onboard). But like altogether it's the kind of book I want people to read when they want to know how the world treats autistic people?!? It was quite good for the autism rep. (Finally, holy heck.) And there's also animals...
  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
    I want to preface this review by saying that I am not autistic, not do I suffer from the disability that Stanley suffers from, and I can only speak as an outsider looking in; however, any and all own-voice opinions and reviews would be welcomed and I would be happy to boost your review if you DM me or drop me a comment! Why did everyone act like it was my fault when the other kids bullied me? Why was I always the one who had to change? Going int...
  • Kat
    In this YA novel, Alvie, a girl with autism who works at a zoo and wishes to be emancipated, meets and falls for Stanley, a guy with a musculoskeletal disorder who’s in college and has recently suffered a loss. I really like the diversity represented in this one. Alvie and Stanley’s romance was sweet. There were places I wished the book moved faster. The book did a good job of presenting the viewpoint of characters with two differences, but a...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Whoa! That was gut punch. Some tears were shed, but by the end, they were happy tears. This book provided such an interesting look at independence and finding one's self. This was quite an emotional journey, during which I shed many tears. But I can assure you, I was shedding happy tears by the end of this book.•Pro: I was such an Alvie fan. She was honest, to the point, and quite funny. She was a fantastic narrator, and I loved listening to he...
  • Jessica (novelcravings)
    Originally posted at NOVELcravings, review copy courtesy of Harper Collins.This is one of those books that upon finishing it, I hugged it tightly to my chest. And I know that it is undoubtedly one of the best books of 2018 and I wish more people were talking about it! The author had me fall in love with her characters, care greatly for their journey and put me through every emotion possible. It was both movingly beautiful and painfully heartbreak...
  • Misty
    I'm not sure how to review this book. I thought that it was a good read, but at times it seemed kind of over the top. You don't hear many 17 year olds living on their own and it seemed like Alvie was on her own since she was 15 with a full time job and her own apartment. I'm way older than her, have a full time job, but still can't live in my own apartment. She was doing pretty good for herself and then the last 100 pages, everything seemed to fu...
  • Lisa
    This book did an excellent job of making me care about its characters. Alvie is a 17-year old girl with Asperger's, and her journey is one that is emotional and awful and beautiful. I so rooted for her!I'm so glad that books like this one and TV shows like Atypical are depicting those on the autism scale who seem often misunderstood and mistreated. It feels like a small glimpse into their lives, and I appreciated this book's unflinching look ther...
  • Madison
    When My Heart Joins The Thousand offers a beautiful insight into growing up and learning to accept your self.Alvie has only another year until she will legally be free - free from fear of being returned to the foster care system, free to continue living on her own terms, free from the continual assessment of others as seeing her as something different, something other. When a young man enters the sphere of her daily routine she is at first shaken...
  • Jennifer
    "Becoming too attached too quickly can be just as detrimental as solitude.""Love can make people irrational, cause them to behave stupidly and recklessly. Or worse. I don't associate love with safety or warmth; I associate it with fear, with losing control. With drowning.""I want to make him understand that the scars don't matter, the pain and fear doesn't matter, because he is my life mate and I know that in every cell of my body."Soundtrack: I ...
  • Büşra Köprü
    •"Söylediklerine odaklanmaya çalışıyordum fakat hayallere dalmıştım, kendimi sesine kaptırmıştım."•#busunkitapligiyorumluyorKitabı genel olarak sevdiğimi söyleyebilirim ama çok mu harikaydı, çok mu sevdim, çok mu etkilendim diye sorarsak cevabımız malum: Hayır.Kitabın potansiyeli bir hayli yüksekti. Eğer kitap gerçekten bahsi geçen hastalıklar ve bunun bir insanın psikolojisine yapabilecekleri üzerine olsaydı da...
  • Thorn
    I'm so torn about this book as a disabled person. On one hand, there was some decent-ish disability rep, but on the other hand, some of it was stereotypical and my biggest issue that there's a loooot of internalized ableism that was not really appropriately dealt with and it just rubbed me the wrong way. :/
  • Nicole Hewitt
    This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction AddictionThis book was a bit of a surprise for me. I went into it not remembering much about the storyline---I honestly just remembered that a blogger friend adored it and she made me add it to my TBR.The story focuses on Alvie, a girl with autism, and her struggles to find her way in the world and get people to see her as a fully functioning member of society.I have to stop her...
  • Marcel Haußmann
    Jeder von uns ist ein Rätsel von A.J. Steiger ist leider noch nicht so präsent in den sozialen Medien wie es eigentlich sein müsste. Das Buch beschäftigt sich mit dem Thema Autismus und ist deshalb ein sehr wichtiger Titel der unbedingt mehr Aufmerksamkeit braucht.In dem Buch geht es um Alvie,die es relativ schwer hat soziale Kontakte zu knüpfen da sie an einer Form des Autismus leidet: Asperger! Sie ist intelligent, sehr zurückhaltend, mit...
  • Kelly Hager
    I absolutely loved this book. It's an unconventional love story between two imperfect people. Alvie is hard to like (she's not good with people at all) and Stanley is incredibly shy and both bear scars from their respective families. Life has not been particularly kind to either of them. And yet, they've managed to carve out their spaces in the world. When they meet, they manage to form a friendship that---of course, right?---becomes something el...
  • Sarah {Literary Meanderings}
    ♥ Find my reviews here: Literary Meanderings- - -As a sort of disclaimer before this review: I just want to say that I am in no way able to review this as someone who personally understands either Asperger's or the medical condition Stanley suffers from, as I have neither. I can only review this book as an outsider looking in. :)That being said, I loved this book!Alvie was a lovely character. She is 17 years old and seeking emancipation so that...
  • Carla A
    I found this to be a beautiful and difficult story. A tad of a fairy tale ending in a way but for me what makes this title so significant is that it really shows how easy it is to become homeless. Not difficult to see why so many foster kids (not that Alvie the main female protag is one but she is an orphaned emancipated - or about to be minor so kind of in a sub group) end up on the streets.
  • DaNae
    Two fragile people combine to create a stronger whole. Most honest romance I've read in years. Fans of Matthew Quick, have a look.
  • Mina
    "To me, she was always Mama. I never found out who she was outside of that. I'll never have the chance."
  • Jessica
    A beautifully told story, wow.
  • Manamee h
  • Rehan Abd Jamil
    Watership down.
  • Jamie
    Well that was equal parts beautiful and harrowing. As all good YA is, I suppose. That said, it's the third book I've read in 36 hours with a female first-person protagonist suffering from social anxiety or mental illness or autism or etc. I need a break.
  • Melissa
    It's been a couple of weeks since I finished this book, and I've been struggling to find the words to write this review. It's often easier to write reviews for books that are flawed, but harder to write reviews for books that I loved, especially when they touched my heart in such a unique way. When My Heart Joins the Thousand is one of those books.I feel like this book will fly under the radar this year, and this makes me wish that I had one of t...
  • Anne Oftedahl
    THIS IS SO GOOD!!I absolutely love the voice in this, and the overall story, and all the characteristics, and just... everything!Only thing I can pick on is the fact that, while Alvie is meant to be diagnosed with Asperger's, I'd say from her behaviour and thought process, and especially the thing about touch, that she's closer to Autism. I know Asperger's is on the Autism spectrum, and I am absolutely no expert, but as both my brother and one of...
  • Becka Woodard
    I really enjoyed this book. The reason I gave it three stars, however, is because I'm tired of seeing the story where the boy shows up and seems to solve all the girl's problems.
  • Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
    MY RATING: 4/5 STARSI received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book guys. This book made ripped me open, exposed the ugliest bits of me, made me cry and laugh, made me feel, and made me everything. My Heart Joins the Thousand has got to be my favourite read this entire year so far and I know 2018 just started but I know it'll be a top favourite book of mine by the time December comes along. My Heart Joins the Th...
  • Sonja Lovinbooks
    Wow, dieses Buch hat mich regelrecht umgehauen. Zum einen finde ich das Cover sehr schön und zum anderen spürt man gleich auf den ersten Seiten, dass dieses Buch etwas Besonderes ist. Wenn es den Königskinder Verlag noch geben würde, dann hätte dieses hier auf jeden Fall super reingepasst. Aber warum hat mich dieses Buch nun so umgehauen? Ganz einfach: Weil es echt ist, weil es emotional ist ohne überladen zu sein. Weil es mich berührt ha...
  • Celia McMahon
    This book...I don't even know where to start. It was everything you should read. I'm going to go ahead and say it is up there with my favorite books of the year so far.This book follows Alvie, a seventeen-year-old girl with Asperger syndrome living on her own awaiting the day when she can legally be called an adult. Going outside of her comfort zone, she strikes up a friendship with a boy who suffers from a condition called osteogenesis imperfect...
  • Jeanette
    I’ve been wanting to read more YA - a couple current things, lots of good ones from years past to catch up on - so I picked up this one, and damn, was it depressing and uncomfy from the very beginning. Throughout the story, this feeling softened as I grew to root for the characters, but part of me wishes there wasn’t quite so much trauma in there, or that we could have known more about the characters’ lives prior to when those tragedies too...