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Ben X - niets was alles wat hij zei

Ben X - niets was alles wat hij zei - Nic Balthazar Ben X is a success story - a book, a film, a musical. The story is, though short, quite touching. Ben, a teenager with a (not too extreme) form of autism, sick of being bullied, plans to end his life. But not everything went according to plan.Even though this book is intended for young readers, the language feels a little bit too superficial, a bit too artificial. As if it was difficult to find the right metaphores, to find the exact words to describe the main character's feelings. Only at the end, the final twenty pages, the story gets going and the emotions start coming. And then it's over. Personally I preferred the film.