Book Review by Jas: Listen To Me – How My Down Syndrome Brother Saved My Life by Lynne Podrat


This memoir was written to honor my youngest brother’s influence over my life, the good, the bad, and the ugly, of living with a Down Syndrome sibling. It tells the story of the children of my family, despite our parents’ frailties, remaining committed to each other through life’s many changes and separations. Who I am today is directly related to who I needed to become.

I enjoyed reading this short memoir, which is a little under 100 pages. ‘Listen to Me’ is a heart-wrenching story of a sister who faught for her younger brother’s rights who had Down Syndrome to be able to stay home with the family, rather be sent to an state run insistution. I personally feel that the love the author has for her younger brother named Bruce led her in finding her life partner by the same name. It is amazing both the gentlemen got along very well until the last days of Bruce who had cancer later in life. It is an emotional read, especially if you have a younger brother. It makes you walk down the memory lane, recollecting memories of your childhood.