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Author: Patricia Wood
Perry's IQ is only 76, but he's not stupid. His grandmother taught him everything he needs to know to survive: She taught him to write things down so he won't forget them. She taught him to play the lottery every week. And, most important, she taught him whom to trust. When Gram dies, Perry is left orphaned and bereft at the age of thirty-one. T...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780399154492
ISBN-10: 0399154493
Publication Date: 8/2/2007
Pages: 320
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 66 ratings
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 8
I grew up with a much-loved uncle like Perry -- "not the full quid" -- and consequently this book resonated deeply with me. The author did a fantastic job of capturing Perry's voice -- it was letter perfect both in language and values, deeply held. This is a joyous book and helps all us "normal" people see people like Perry as capable, contributing and functioning members of society. And who doesn't like to see an underdog triumphing against the odds? Read this book! It is a thing of beauty!
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Helpful Score: 8
My name is Perry L. Crandall and I am not retarded.

This first sentence of the book grabbed me and didn't let go.
Wonderful characters, some you'll love, some you'll hate.
You'll be rooting for Perry L. Crandall all the way.
By far the best book I've read all year.
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Helpful Score: 2
A young, mentally disabled man learns to navigate through life, when, after the death of his doting grandmother, he wins the state lottery. This book is a gem--sweet (without being sappy), humorous, and inspiring.
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Helpful Score: 2
A charming and totally engaging story about a young man, Perry, who's slow (don't call him "retarded" - that means having an IQ less than 75, and he scored 76) and how he makes his way through life before and after winning 12 million dollars in the state lottery. It's about family - his original family, a miserable group of conniving lawyers and their spouses, and his intentional family, made up of the grandparents who raised him, and the friends who loved him before he became rich and did their best to watch out for him afterwards. Perry may not be the smartest person, but he has great heart and a surprising amount of wisdom. Highly recommended!
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Helpful Score: 1
I found this book to be very intriguing. It is written from Perry's point of view and it mimicks how his brain works (that of a lower functioning adult). It is a wonderful story of life, friendship and personal motivations. As I read the story, I thought to myself," If only people with "normal" IQ's could remember the things that Perry reminds himself every day, this world would be such a simplier place." This book is a must read.
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Easy to read and entertaining. It is about a young adult with a low IQ winning the Lottery and his family attempting to take advantage of the situation. I would recommend this book.
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Not a bad story. Has a nice feel good ending. Not sure I liked all the F*** word references and fart comments but I suppose it's understanding from a different perspective.
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Enjoyable story. Writing style creates a great visual of Perry L. Crandle's personality and abilities, but the finish is all a bit too tidy. Still worth reading though.