As always, Whitlow is a fantasic writer. This is not his typical law and order book. Will bring tears to your eyes.
If you are familiar with Robert Whitlow's books, then you know what an awesome author he is, and how he can tell a story that goes into wonderful detail and goes straight to the heart. Jimmy is one such book. It is profoundly moving and an incredible read. I suggest a box of tissues nearby as you reach the end, as you are definitely going to need some.
Jimmy is different from other children his age, labeled "slow," "simple" and "special," a term he dislikes unless used by a family member. While he may not always understand conversations, he can sometimes repeat them verbatim, as he does for his lawyer dad in a criminal trial. His testimony, which wins the case, sets off a series of events that will change life forever. Rich in the Southern setting and spiritual content (Jimmy see's "Watchers," an equivalent of angels) the story unfolds through his innocent eyes. Readers will watch him cope with a world beyond sometimes beyond his comprehension, share his love of his family, and wonder, from our "non-special" viewpoint, if life might not better off "simple."
I always wanted to read Robert Whitlow. Jimmy is a terrific book about a special boy. It's a book from a child's viewpoint that shows their innocence in an intimate, stirring, funny and very compelling. It takes place in the South and you'll recognize some of the types of characters so it makes it real. You'll love this book.
A touching tale and a good read. One interesting thing is that there is a web address at the end of the book where you can go and read an alternate ending to the book.
Did not like this book...not one of Whitlow's best!
Jimmy is considered different from other teenagers in the town. While he is "slow" yet he testifies as a defense witness in a criminal trial. THis story is sweet, funny, contains unusual characters and describes the harrowing life of this young boy. The ending is unforgettable.