The Reason I Jump

The Reason I Jump

By Naoki Higashida, David Mitchell & 吉田 敬子

  • Release Date : 2013-07-01
  • Genre : Biography
  • FIle Size : 2.52 MB
Score: 4.5
From 96 Ratings
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The Reason I Jump The No. 1 Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller.

Written by Naoki Higashida when he was only thirteen, this remarkable book provides a rare insight into the often baffling behaviour of autistic children. Using a question and answer format, Naoki explains things like why he talks loudly or repeats the same questions, what causes him to have panic attacks, and why he likes to jump. He also shows the way he thinks and feels about his world - other people, nature, time and beauty, and himself. Abundantly proving that people with autism do possess imagination, humour and empathy, he also makes clear how badly they need our compassion, patience and understanding.

David Mitchell and his wife have translated Naoki's book so that it might help others dealing with autism and generally illuminate a little-understood condition. It gives us an exceptional chance to enter the mind of another and see the world from a strange and fascinating perspective.

The book also features eleven original illustrations, inspired by Naoki's words, by the artistic duo Kai and Sunny.


  • Heartbreaking but beautiful

    By bcl1973
    Well written & really helps you to understand what is going on inside the mind of someone with Autism.
  • Reading this has changed my life 😀

    By Amanda Garrington
    I have a little 4yr old granddaughter who was diagnosed with high functioning autism & pathological demand avoidance. As tough as it is for her parents and us as their support mechanism this book broke my heart with an insight into the life of the hell that it must be for the child. Thank you. I now have a new understanding with the patience and courage to continue.
  • Fantastic!

    By Vatna
    Really enjoyed this book. Has but a great deal of my knowledge in to context from a persons perspective
  • The Reason I Jump

    By Gorgeousgeorgie
    Reading this book, as I have over four days, has been like a lightbulb coming on in my brain. My 12 year old son has autism (it doesn't have him) and whilst I am slowly figuring him out, this wonderful piece of writing has been like being fast tracked onto the autism information highway. I would like to just say thank you to the author for finally telling me what my son goes through every day. I knew he was amazingly strong, brave and beautiful, but now I am fully aware of what he has to go through every day of his life just to survive in this world. Everybody should read this book. Parents, siblings, other family members, friends, neighbours, teachers, doctors, therapists, just about everyone who has ever had anything to do with a person who lives with autism. Read it and learn!
  • A Revelation & A Masterwork

    By Pozitivibes
    As a father of an autistic son I found this work really did lift the lid on the mysteries of the condition. If you are touched by autism then please read this book. It will change your life as it did mine.