The Accomplice

The Invisible Disability of FASD

Non-Fiction - Education
286 Pages
Reviewed on 02/08/2023
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Susan van der Walt for Readers' Favorite

Author Melissa Jacobus has raised two adopted children, both diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), an invisible but preventable developmental disability. FASD is caused when a mother consumes alcohol during her pregnancy which can present in the child in various ways. The main factor is that FASD sufferers can fool others because they can appear credible, believable, and mature. However, adults with FASD can't make good choices due to poor judgment, suggestibility, and limited understanding of the consequences of their actions and they will always need a parent to advocate for them. In The Accomplice, we see the battles a parent faces looking out for these adult children who have the legal rights of adults but no capability in taking care of themselves, and how this legal adult status limits parental rights and the assistance they can give to those in their care.

The biggest challenge for parents and people with FASD is ignorance. The ongoing challenge of educating people about a disability that people can't see is exhausting and often frustrating when people show no interest. Melissa Jacobus faces resistance from her ex-husband who doesn't believe in FASD and thinks his children's issues are due to her poor parenting. I admire Melissa's persistence in helping her children despite their poor choices and her ongoing campaign to educate and advocate for FASD patients. The Accomplice is a valuable resource to create awareness about FASD and poses a challenge to the legal system to incorporate processes to deal with offenders diagnosed with FASD, and to get them the help they need instead of prison sentences that only create a vicious circle of criminal activity.