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The Insiders Club

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An honest-to-heart coming-of-age fiction novel, filled with the hope and light you didn't know you needed this holiday season.

“The Insiders Club” by Echo Miller

★★★★☆


I admit, I was a little nervous getting into this book. Fiction that deals with the representation of sensitive topics such as themes dealing with mental health issues or differently abled characters can be hit-or-miss.


Some authors lack the research and can be ignorant to their portrayal of such themes, leading to ill-advised stereotypes and a black-and-white picture of the diversity of a group of people that deserve far better representation in art.


However, with the very first words of this novel, my worry started to dissipate. Echo Miller tastefully brings to life colorfully well-rounded characters on the spectrum, presenting readers with a perceptive insight of a world that they may not belong to but can start to better understand.


Miller's writing style equips wonderful imagery together with a descriptiveness that is a pleasure to read as the story continues to unravel. We are introduced to a cast of autistic characters, many of which are on the spectrum but are not defined by their autism but their individuality. Miller's shaping up of each and every one through their unique personalities and quirks had the effect of creating emotional connections to them that linger far beyond the end of the story.


Paying tribute to the '80's classic film The Breakfast Club, "The Insiders Club" is a heartfelt story, grounded in the exploration of complex and beautiful characters whose autism does not limit them, but rather allows them to go farther and feel things on a greater level than most are capable of.


Although the book is quick read and can be done in one sitting, I recommend taking the time to absorb each word and description and allow yourself to live the story slowly but meaningfully. It's an experience that will definitely stay with me and I look forward to reading the next instalment in the series.


A story of friendship, acceptance and truth in the eyes of people who are deemed to be "different", I recommend this novel for any and everyone. Miller shows us through the characters on these pages that often, being different is what makes us human and it's time to not only accept that diversity but embrace it.

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My passion for writing culminated from childhood and grew leaps and bounds over years. I self-published my debut novel ‘A Midnight Reverie'. A keen poet, philosopher, and travelling soul among other things, I wish to share my writing and various musings with the world over the years to come.

Keegan

About the author

Through character-driven stories, Echo Miller explores societal norms and the value of inclusion, while broadcasting the universal truth that everyone wants to belong. Echo enjoys inventing imaginary people, creating new traditions, and adding whimsy to ordinary experiences. view profile

Published on December 01, 2019

Published by Chu & Chother

70000 words

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Coming of Age

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