The Boy Who Could Make Himself Disappear

The Boy Who Could Make Himself Disappear A twelve year old boy with a psychological speech defect gradually develops a schizophrenic withdrawal after moving from Los Angeles to live with his mother in New York following the divorce of his ha

  • Title: The Boy Who Could Make Himself Disappear
  • Author: Kin Platt
  • ISBN: 9780440908371
  • Page: 128
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • A twelve year old boy with a psychological speech defect gradually develops a schizophrenic withdrawal after moving from Los Angeles to live with his mother in New York following the divorce of his harsh and detached parents.

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    1. I read this when I was about 12 or 13. so, almost 40 years ago. Yes, it is depressing,and I'm not sure why anybody would want a child to read it. Then again, it's a great look at the loneliness and isolation some children experience. I'd recommend it only to older children: 15 and above. The first 3/4 of the book runs smoothly and is engrossing. It loses some of its tight narrative towards the end. To the best of my recollection, Roger is diagnosed as "autistic" in the end of the book, when he g [...]

    2. When I was a teenager I pretty much bypassed books written for young adults (this was before the category Young Adult had a name). I plunged into mysteries and spy novels written for grown-ups, skipping directly from one spy, Harriet, to another, James Bond. The only "age appropriate" book I remember reading was Kin Platt's "The Boy Who Could Make Himself Disappear," though I honestly can't remember what persuaded me to pick it up. Yet it stayed with me through the years. It was the first book t [...]

    3. I must admit, after finishing this book, I was utterly speechless. The author's psychological theme of Roger's slow descent into "invisibility" was truly effective. His insecurity, frightening life with his abusive mother, and his constabt inward battles all were rooted from his speech impediment. I, myself, had a tongue threst for years, so I could relate at least a little bit about the embarrassment of not speaking properly in front of my peers. But otherwise, the story had a much darker theme [...]

    4. This was my favorite book as a young teen. I found it in the junior high library in 1972, read it, identified with the young protagonist Roger Baxter, and bought a copy for my own when it came out in paperback. That copy is long lost but I've recently purchased a first edition hardback and am looking forward to reading it again.

    5. The Boy Who Could Make Himself Disappear tells the story of Roger, a boy with a speech deficit who can't pronounce his R's. His parents, a big-time movie producer and an artist, divorce and he moves from California to New York with his artist mother.Roger is a veryting character. How else can I say it? He's fascinating, for sure. He has a different way of looking at things because everything is so new to him in New York, but also because he seems very much like a loner whose childhood has really [...]

    6. In this story, an already troubled twelve-year-old boy gradually sinks into the abyss after his wealthy parents divorce and he moves to New York City with his abusive mother. By the end of the book, Roger is in a "schizophrenic withdrawal": hospitalized, mute and completely unresponsive to his environment.This book was published in 1968 and it shows its age. I cannot imagine a boy Roger's age being able to run around 21st century New York City to the extent that he does in the novel, and his "sc [...]

    7. I came upon this book when searching for other books similar to The Perks of Being a Wallflower (one of my favs!) Many people compared the two books, so I decided to read it. I can definitely see the parallels between the two. I still like The Perks of Being a Wallflower the best, but I could still sympathize with Roger's life. I can't imagine having a life with parents that make you feel invisible and don't listen to what you have to share. As a teacher, it was more eye opening to the way we tr [...]

    8. I must have read this book 20 times from 6th grade through junior high school. Yes, it is hard, and probably depressing to some, but it saved me. It was me. And finding someone like me in print helped so much.

    9. A heart-wrenching story told in first person by a boy with abusive and uncaring parents. I still cry when I read this one.

    10. This book was quite powerful. What a scary, heartless character the mother in this book is. That's one aspect of it that I'll never forget it. It was definitely ahead of its time in terms of how it deals with mental illness, particularly schizophrenia. When I first read it, I thought it'd been written a lot more recently than the 60s. Having re-read it, yes, I can now see some things that might seem a little dated, but the writing sure hasn't aged, nor has its message! Check it out! It's quite u [...]

    11. I always loved those kind of neglected used out of print books. In a world ruled by grownups where children try to survive and become detached from the cruel reality where they try to find passion, salvation, serenity and may be idealism. This is a beautiful piece, neglected like its protagonist but may be i hope, they could some happiness.

    12. About a boy with speech and psychological difficulties. He is doubtful as to whether to try to communicate anymore: it is so difficult. I identified with the book and Roger. I cried (tears) at the ending.

    13. this was a really good book. i read this years ago and i totally enjoyed it. i've read this twice, and wish i can find it again.

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