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Tilly in Technicolor by Mazey Eddings

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Synopsis of Tilly in Technicolor from the publisher:


Tilly in Technicolor is Mazey Eddings’s sparkling YA debut about two neurodivergent teens who form a connection over the course of a summer.

Tilly Twomley is desperate for change. White-knuckling her way through high school with flawed executive functioning has left her burnt out and ready to start fresh. Working as an intern for her perfect older sister’s start up isn’t exactly how Tilly wants to spend her summer. But the required travel around Europe promises a much-needed change of scenery as she plans for her future. The problem is, Tilly has no idea what she wants.

Oliver Clark knows exactly what he wants. His autism has often made it hard for him to form relationships with others, but his love of color theory and design allows him to feel deeply connected to the world around him. Plus, he has everything he needs: a best friend that gets him, placement into a prestigious design program, and a summer internship to build his resume. Everything is going as planned. That is, of course, until he suffers through the most disastrous international flight of his life, all turmoil stemming from lively and exasperating Tilly. Oliver is forced to spend the summer with a girl that couldn’t be more his opposite—feeling things for her he can’t quite name—and starts to wonder if maybe he doesn’t have everything figured out after all.

As the duo’s neurodiverse connection grows, they learn that some of the best parts of life can’t be planned, and are forced to figure out what that means as their disastrously wonderful summer comes to an end.

my thoughts: Tilly in Technicolor

Simply put, a marvel of a book.

One that gives voice to young people with ADHD and autism. Highlighting their strengths, while empowering their voices in a rich and heartfelt tenor. I loved every messy moment from the awkwardly hilarious meet-cute, to the next chaotic scene, Ollie and Tilly’s love story is one I literally couldn’t put down.

As a mother with two children diagnosed with ADHD, it’s refreshing to see characters who share similar experiences as my own, especially my oldest. It’s a reflection for me personally as a parent. Hearing Tilly’s interactions with her mother gave me pause.

Wondering if maybe I’m too overbearing, too critical, too much for my own middle schooler. And it’s those reflections that help connect the dots when communicating with our own children. To truly listen when they’re talking and when they aren’t. Taking in their point of view. Realizing everything they are capable of without constraining them into an uninhabitable space that can make them feel less and unworthy of a fulfilling life.

A wonderfully bold story that will splash your life with brightly brilliant colors young adults and fans of Mazey’s adult novels will thoroughly enjoy Tilly in Technicolor.

Now go pre-order this book! 😉⬇️

Happy Reading ~ Cece

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Podcast Recommendation After reading Tilly in Technicolor

If you need a podcast recommendation after reading Tilly in Technicolor, check out 99% Invisible. They have all kinds of amazing episodes that you should definitely give a listen. 🎧📚

99% Invisible is a sound-rich, narrative podcast hosted by Roman Mars about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.

99% Invisible Website

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Reasons Why You should Read Tilly in Technicolor

publication details

Pub DateISBNPage CountPublisherAge GroupSource & FormatReview Posted Online
15-Aug-23978-1250847072320Wednesday Books13-18NetGalley, Digital ARCFebruary 12, 2023

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. book.sanity

    I always love stories like this! I would say that reading characters with special needs helps me in real life. My kids study in a public school and kids with special needs are mixed with them. I hope they are given the attention they needed and all I could do for now is to treat them with real kindness and patience. 🙂 I love your review and I will definitely add this to my tbr.

    1. Cece Beckman

      Thank you so much for sharing your own personal experience. Hope you’re able to read it!

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