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With her popular blog Finding Cooper's Voice, Kate Swenson has provided hope and comfort for hundreds of thousands of parents of children with autism. Now, Kate shares her inspiring story in this powerful memoir about motherhood and unconditional love.

When Kate Swenson’s son, Cooper, was diagnosed with severe, nonverbal autism, her world stopped. She had always dreamed of having the perfect family life. She hadn’t signed up for life as a mother raising a child with a disability.

At first, Kate experienced the grief of broken dreams. Then she felt the frustration and exhaustion of having to fight for your child in a world that is stacked against them. But through hard work, resilience, and personal growth, she would come to learn that Cooper wasn’t the one who needed to change. She was. And it was this transformation that led Kate to acceptance - and ultimately joy. In Forever Boy, Kate shares her inspiring journey with honesty and compassion, offering solace and hope to others on this path and illuminating the strength and perseverance of mothers.

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©2022 Kate Swenson (P)2022 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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most moving, inspiring and relatable book EVER.

This book has supported me more than anyone will understand. i have two girls with asd and ADHD. This book supported me mentally and emotionally. Thank you. I'm a teacher in a primary school, so will be recommending this to other families. x

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Absolutely loved it!

By far the best book about the ups and downs of Autism kate is brilliant at telling it. Will be recommending

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powerful inspirational

being the mother if a non verbal 5 year old daughter this book was amazing I could relate to so much it made me cry, smile and have so much more strength for my girl, thank you

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Truthful, Hopeful and bursting with pure love

I am also an autism mother. I have twin girls who are 6 with mild to moderate and moderate autism.

Kate describes her life since her son was born in such an eloquent and honest way it made me feel raw at times like my own exact feelings were being read out loud.

It is so incredibly validating to hear a journey so similar to mine. It was like an intensive much needed therapy session. It made me cry and smile as I too am on the other side where we are filled with hope and love and optimism with the occasional and inevitable sting that we are learning to live with.

I highly recommend this book to everyone involved with not only children like ours but literally to everyone.

Finally thank you Kate for putting youself out there. How incredibly brave you are! I am in awe!

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Everyone needs to read this

I was with Kate and Cooper every step of the way thank you so much for sharing your life the highs and the very lows. I hope this book finds you if you are in that dark place because I truly believe it will help to shine a light. To those who are not neuro diverse or without knowledge of it please read this and pass along we deserve to be a part of this beautiful world.

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wow

wow this book was my story. I had tears, smiles laughter. Thank you Kate Swenson. I'm recommending this to friends who don't understand my family, this kind of said it all. thank you.

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so heartbreakingly refreshing

Kate, Jaimie, Cooper, sawyer, Harbour and Wynter💝
I've followed your family story for a number if years, and I'm always, always (!) in awe of your love, your grace and your endurance. you are all travelling this journey in different ways, but still so together, and that is simply beautiful.
I work in early years, in a setting g for pre school children with a range of varying needs, with Autism being very prominent within our setting.
Not a mother myself, but whether I'm in the playrooms with the children, or sitting in meetings with parents, I often think about your words; joy and grace. these have had a profound impact on the way that I interact with our kiddos and their families, many who are at the very early stages of their journey with Autism and sone, who are heading in that direction yet do not know it. your kindness and understanding is infectious. Don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise.
I'll be recommending your book to whoever will listen! thank you, all the swensons(!), for sharing your journey.
with live,
Cat
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The best

The most moving touching genuine book on the realities of Neuroodiversity, couldn’t rate it highly enough. Can’t wait for book number2! You are amazing

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An absolute must read!

This book has been like therapy for me, I have cried tears without realising, one’s that helped with my grief dealing with my own story and my sons. This hit home on every level and I smiled to myself so many times knowing exactly where the writer was and relating to my own life. Books like this are a lifeline for parents of autistic children. What an amazing, honest book from the heart. What an inspiration! So many could learn so much from this book.

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A must read!

Thank you Kate for your honesty, vulnerability and sharing your amazing outlook and joy with the world. This book was everything I needed and more. You are changing lives and giving hope to so many. Never stop being you and sharing your wonderful stories about the boy with yellow hair who smells like the wind and your family.

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  • 12-08-22

I could listen to Kate all day.

This book is for everybody. Especially anyone who works and or lives with neurodivergent individuals. It is narrated by Kate Swenson and you can hear her heart through her words on every page. It’s a beautifully written story of a mothers love, over coming obstacles, and finding happiness in acceptance.

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  • 11-08-22

Amazing book

This book was so good! We have an autistic grandson and I made me think of hm

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  • courtney
  • 10-08-22

must listen/ read!

This book is great for anyone, whether you know someone with autism or not. Kate read this with so much captivation, love, and denotion. I know if one day I'm lucky enough to have children I would feel lucky, joy, and love to have a child like Cooper or one of his peers. To sweet sweet Sawyer you are the brother I wish I had. Never stop being you! Cooper keep loving the way you do your perfect 🥰 Please everyone listen to this book you won't regret it!

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  • 28-07-22

What an amazing Story!!!!

This was such an amazing story with so many ups and downs. From heartache to happiness. From struggles to success and everything in between. My son is high functioning but not diagnosed. I related so much to her story and the feelings and emotions I've experienced like hers made me feel less alone and so validated. Something I've logged for a long time with my husband, family, and my other children who really don't understand. Truth be told my family outside my home don't really know how hard it is. I don't ask for help as it makes me feel weak, but I know they all see me struggling. I really resonated with her on being so lonely, locking your house down with at least 3 locks, just for your son to figure it all out weeks later and escape out the door running down the middle of the rd in nothing but underwear or a pull up while we all slept. Having no friends, not being able to leave your house bec it's just too hard. Especially with 5 kids. 4 still at home. My son is my 4th child and I too feel like my other kids get the left over shreds of me as my son takes so much of my time and energy and needs to be watch constantly. I love my children so much and my boy too is very sweet, loving, tender hearted, and vulnerable. I constantly worry about how other ppl treat him as he too has had kids call him the fat one, the blind one, and the retard. Asking me and him what was wrong with him. He's weird they'd say! Heartbreaking watching him cry bec he longged for a friend. He now has that and has come such a long way! Kate has a much more challenging life than me and my family but her story made me feel everything I needed to feel. And for that I thank u Kate. I have so much respect for you and I too had no idea how hard life was for u and your family for the 1st 8 yrs of Coopers life. I had only saw the now over the last 2 yrs. I admire you and u are Unbelievably strong and sooo patient. Something I and esp my husband struggle with. You inspire me to keep going and keep fighting even when most days I feel so beat down and defeated. Thank u for telling your story I will reread this many times I can tell!! 5 starts all the way!!

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  • dora
  • 27-07-22

Forever changed

Thank you for sharing your experience with Cooper and your family. It has made me look at people with special needs differently, with compassion and empathy. Your story is so amazing and wonderful and brave. I hope everyone reads this book it’s full of humility and grace. Thank you for sharing your story. And I know in Cooper’s heart he knows he has the best mom in the world.

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  • Lisa Marker
  • 21-07-22

Very interesting look into Kate’s world

I’ve been following the family on Facebook for many years. It was nice to hear some behind the scenes thoughts of Kate’s. What a great mom!

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  • Pamela Martin
  • 14-07-22

Just what I needed

I am so glad I listened to Forever Boy! I am a single mother of an autistic boy. He is 21 now!! This story brought back rushes of emotion and memories. There were a lot of tears because I felt so alone while we were struggling to get him correctly diagnosed. It was so nice to get the validation that we as parents know our children the best and that we need to just keep fighting for them!

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  • BeautyAddiction
  • 14-07-22

Beyond words

Words in a review cannot describe this book and the audiobook is her own voice. She was born to write and born to speak. This book is for everyone that is touched by autism and even those who are not will be.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-07-22

I really, really love this book ❤️

Thank you Kate for this beautiful book. I cried, I laugh and I enjoyed it while listening❤️ I love that you didn't hide the difficulties you have to face. This book gives me hope, and makes me smile thinking about the future. I will also choose joy everyday like you did ❤️

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  • John Rone
  • 13-07-22

I felt every single word

I wept through the entire book. Katie gave me permission to grieve and hope all at the same time.