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Curveball The Year I Lost My Grip: Book Review

Guest Blogger: Owen is a 13-year-old who loves playing shortstop.

Alzheimer's disease and other progressive neurodegenerative diseases that impair cognitive ability and affect memory can have a significant long-term impact on a family. As part of Our Commitment to create spaces for multiple generations to come together, we asked a young teen, Owen, to review the book Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick. Owen offers his authentic perspective on Alzheimer’s disease by reviewing this book. 

Traditions understand that each senior in our care has a unique life story, which is very important to how we care for him or her. The Varietas® Memory Care Program relies on the things we learn about your loved one to comfort and connect with them in a warm and nurturing environment.

Curveball The Year I Lost My Grip: Book Review 

What’s The Book About?

The book starts out with Peter pitching and AJ, his best friend, catching up in the championship Little League game. But soon after, you find out that he hurt his arm very badly, and the doctors told him that he most likely will not pitch again. 

We have been told he has sat inside and done nothing since summer. So, his grandpa takes him out to go take pictures of eagles. His grandpa runs a business where he takes pictures of whatever people want. So when freshman year starts, he takes a photography class. In that class he meets Angelika, they become partners and become close. During that time, they were the official photographers for all sporting events and eventually started dating. 

During this time, Peter is starting to catch on that his grandfather is having symptoms of Alzheimer's. He knew when his grandfather, who had been taking pictures his whole life, suddenly quit.  At the same time, Peter knows that he will never pitch again, despite it being his and AJ's dream always to be the star on the baseball team.  Peter and Angelika become very close, and Peter tells her about his worries. He figures out his love is photography and creates a new dream.

Through this story, Peter goes through struggles but learns how to be flexible through his friendships and love.

Will This Book Help You With Understanding Alzheimer's?

Like everything, this 'depends on the situation you are in'. It helped me understand the starting symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.  For most families or people of a younger age, this would be a better way to learn than someone trying to explain it to you in a very grown-up fashion. 

As a side note, it does not go into that much depth about the disease if that is what you are looking for. So, for those people who don't want to rush in and tell someone that a loved one has Alzheimer's, the book does a very good job of introducing the disease and then summarizing it.

Should You Read This Book?

This book is a great tool to use if you are not comfortable telling someone that a loved one has Alzheimer's. A lot of the story is based on baseball and photography, but there are a lot of relatable moments throughout the book because it is a realistic fiction style. This book would be more appropriate for teenagers because the characters are in high school, and there is talk about parties and dating. 

Parts of the book are dedicated to the grandson spending time with his grandfather and figuring out the symptoms he is showing to have Alzheimer's. I would recommend this book to people struggling to understand what a relative is starting to go through or may go through with Alzheimer's.

Book Cover of Curveball The Year I Lost My Grip