Book Review: The Reason I Jump

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida, translated by KA Yoshida and David Mitchell

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Published by Random House in 2007; translated copy published in 2013

Higashida’s book is a gracefully simply explaination of how he sees the world with autism. To keep the book focused, Higashida answers questions that he is often asked. His youth provides a different perspective into how he sees the world and how he wants to be treated.

A short read that encourages people to be thoughtful and respectful. Especially as someone who works with a variety of people, this book reminded me that everyone may have their quirks, but they are doing the best they can.

Readers will enjoy the beautiful language, simple explanations, and relatable narrator in this book.


“True compassion is about not bruising the other person’s self-respect.” (p. 16)

“The reason I say ‘watch out for us’ is that we can be made stronger by the fact you’re watching”

“I’ve learned every human being, with or without disabilities, needs to strive to do their best, and by striving for happiness you will arrive at happiness.” (p. 45)

“All human beings have their hardships to bear, so never swerve from the path you’re on.” (p.90)


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