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The boy who loved too much: a true story of pathological friendliness

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The acclaimed, poignant story of a boy with Williams syndrome, a condition that makes people biologically incapable of distrust, a "well-researched, perceptive exploration of a rare genetic disorder seen through the eyes of a mother and son" (Kirkus Reviews).What would it be like to see everyone as a friend? Twelve-year-old Eli D'Angelo has a genetic disorder that obliterates social inhibitions, making him irrepressibly friendly, indiscriminately trusting, and unconditionally loving toward everyone he meets. It also makes him enormously vulnerable. On the cusp of adolescence, Eli lacks the innate skepticism that will help him navigate coming-of-age more safely—and vastly more successfully. In "a thorough overview of Williams syndrome and its thought-provoking paradox" (The New York Times), journalist Jennifer Latson follows Eli over three critical years of his life, as his mother, Gayle, must decide whether to shield Eli from the world or give him the freedom to find his own way and become his own person. Watching Eli's artless attempts to forge connections, Gayle worries that he might never make a real friend—the one thing he wants most in life. "As the book's perspective deliberately pans out to include teachers, counselors, family, friends, and, finally, Eli's entire eighth-grade class, Latson delivers some unforgettable lessons about inclusion and parenthood," (Publishers Weekly). The Boy Who Loved Too Much explores the way a tiny twist in a DNA strand can strip away the skepticism most of us wear as armor, and how this condition magnifies some of the risks we all face in opening our hearts to others. More than a case study of a rare disorder, The Boy Who Loved Too Much "is fresh and engaging...leavened with humor" (Houston Chronicle) and a universal tale about the joys and struggles of raising a child, of growing up, and of being different.
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What would it be like to see everyone as a friend? Twelve-year-old Eli D'Angelo has a genetic disorder that obliterates social inhibitions, making him irrepressibly friendly, indiscriminately trusting, and unconditionally loving toward everyone he meets. It also makes him enormously vulnerable. On the cusp of adolescence, Eli lacks the innate skepticism that will help him navigate coming-of-age more safely—and vastly more successfully.

In "a thorough overview of Williams syndrome and its thought-provoking paradox" (The New York Times), journalist Jennifer Latson follows Eli over three critical years of his life, as his mother, Gayle, must decide whether to shield Eli from the world or give him the freedom to find his own way and become his own person. Watching Eli's artless attempts to forge connections, Gayle worries that he might never make a real friend—the one thing he wants most in life. "As the book's perspective deliberately pans out to include teachers, counselors, family, friends, and, finally, Eli's entire eighth-grade class, Latson delivers some unforgettable lessons about inclusion and parenthood," (Publishers Weekly).

The Boy Who Loved Too Much explores the way a tiny twist in a DNA strand can strip away the skepticism most of us wear as armor, and how this condition magnifies some of the risks we all face in opening our hearts to others. More than a case study of a rare disorder, The Boy Who Loved Too Much "is fresh and engaging...leavened with humor" (Houston Chronicle) and a universal tale about the joys and struggles of raising a child, of growing up, and of being different.
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subject_facetFriendship in children -- Case studies
Social interaction in children -- Case studies
Williams syndrome -- Patients -- Case studies
title_displayThe boy who loved too much : a true story of pathological friendliness
title_fullThe Boy Who Loved Too Much A True Story of Pathological Friendliness
The boy who loved too much : a true story of pathological friendliness / Jennifer Latson
title_shortThe boy who loved too much
title_suba true story of pathological friendliness
topic_facetBiography & Autobiography
Family & Relationships
Friendship in children
Nonfiction
Patients
Psychology
Social interaction in children
Sociology
Williams syndrome