The Boy Who Loved Too Much: A True Story of Pathological Friendliness

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jennifer Latson

Narrated By: Heather Auden

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: June 2017

Duration: 10 hours 21 minutes

Summary:

What would it be like to see everyone as a friend? Twelve-year-old Eli D'Angelo has a genetic disorder that obliterates social inhibitions, making him irrepressibly friendly, indiscriminately trusting, and unconditionally loving toward everyone he meets. It also makes him enormously vulnerable. Eli lacks the innate skepticism that will help his peers navigate adolescence more safely-and vastly more successfully. Journalist Jennifer Latson follows Eli over three critical years of his life as his mother, Gayle, must decide whether to shield Eli entirely from the world and its dangers or give him the freedom to find his own way and become his own person. By intertwining Eli and Gayle's story with the science and history of Williams syndrome, the book explores the genetic basis of behavior and the quirks of human nature. More than a case study of a rare disorder, however, The Boy Who Loved Too Much is a universal tale about the joys and struggles of raising a child, of growing up, and of being different.

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Boy Who Loved Too Much: A True Story of Pathological Friendliness

by Jennifer Latson

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Boy Who Loved Too Much: A True Story of Pathological Friendliness, Jennifer Latson