I thought this was an elegantly written novel. I enjoyed every twist and turn of it and found it vivid and captivating. Perhaps I just liked the repetitiveness of it because I'm autistic myself. I found it to be an accurate portrayal of autism. However, the author paints a picture of Lou as very repressed individual in terms of the expression of his autistic traits. He is also quite knowledgeable about social interactions and is very intellectually advanced. In fact, all of the autistic characters in the book seem very verbally fluent. This gives something to think about, as I sometimes wonder whether those on the spectrum who speak very little, despite being perfectly capable of doing so, hold themselves back out of a fear caused by the confusion of non-autistic social interactions, which are laden with implied nuances. I did not find most characters to be one-dimensional, aside from Mr. Crenshaw, Lou's higher-ranked boss. Although Emmy seemed like a one-dimensional character, too, I can actually imagine someone with a developmental disability acting like that in real life, based on my own encounters with such individuals. I got only slightly depressed throughout reading the book due to thinking about discrimination, accommodations, and that there are lots of people out there who would simply refuse to make the extra effort. However, the ending came as a complete shock. When Tom was trying to convince Lou that there is nothing wrong with him and when he came to visit Lou after the treatment, I burst out crying. And afterward, I couldn't stop thinking. Considering that the majority of the autistic employees of the company did take the treatment in the book, would this pattern be the same if something like this happened in reality? What is it exactly that made Lou want to take the treatment? I didn't quite understand his reason for it. While I think there is really no right or wrong path for him to take, I wanted to know what happened to his ability to do the work that he did and to be able to fence the way he did. I'm not quite sure what other people would think once they finish the book - would it reinforce their disposition toward a cure, or would it make them realize that neither remaining autistic or becoming more "normal" is the right answer? The only thing that is very worrisome about something like this happening in real life, where children are treated from birth and then adults are treated, is that for those who have chosen to stay autistic, it would be much more difficult to make their way in the world. So, in a way, they might end up being forced to take the treatment as well by their life condition alone, which, to me, is unethical.In sum, this book, especially ending the way it did, definitely gives a lot to think about, with some quite depressing thoughts.