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You’ve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.

Using an alphabet grid to painstakingly construct words, sentences, and thoughts that he is unable to speak out loud, Naoki answers even the most delicate questions that people want to know. Questions such as: “Why do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly?”; “Why do you line up your toy cars and blocks?”; “Why don’t you make eye contact when you’re talking?”; and “What’s the reason you jump?” (Naoki’s answer: “When I’m jumping, it’s as if my feelings are going upward to the sky.”) With disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself. His insights—into the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memory—are so startling, so strange, and so powerful that you will never look at the world the same way again.

In his introduction, bestselling novelist David Mitchell writes that Naoki’s words allowed him to feel, for the first time, as if his own autistic child was explaining what was happening in his mind. “It is no exaggeration to say that The Reason I Jump allowed me to round a corner in our relationship.” This translation was a labor of love by David and his wife, K. A. Yoshida, so they’d be able to share that feeling with friends, the wider autism community, and beyond. Naoki’s book, in its beauty, truthfulness, and simplicity, is a gift to be shared.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Small but profound…[Higashida’s] startling, moving insights offer a rare look inside the autistic mind.”


  • “We have our received ideas, we believe they correspond roughly to the way things are, then a book comes along that simply blows all this so-called knowledge out of the water. This is one of them…An entry into another world.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “Astonishing. The Reason I Jump builds one of the strongest bridges yet constructed between the world of autism and the neurotypical world…There are many more questions I’d like to ask Naoki, but the first words I’d say to him are ‘thank you.’”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “This book…will stretch your vision of what it is to be human.”

    Times (London)

  • “This is the fascinating, frenetic, and emotionally affecting autobiography of a thirteen-year-old Japanese boy on the autistic spectrum. Ably introduced and translated by writer David Mitchell, who himself has a son with autism, it is presented in the form of brief answers to innocuous questions posed by laypersons…This exceptional listen will find an appreciative audience among all individuals affected by autism as it succeeds wildly at creating empathy and understanding..”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Wise, beautiful, intimate, and courageous.”

    Tim Page, author of Parallel Play

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
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