Mark is a high school student with ADHD, autism, and dyslexia. Unfortunately, his family has never accepted his diagnoses because his disabilities are seemingly not visible. But for Mark, being neurodiverse is a challenge he knows will never go away, despite his parents’ wishes that it would.
Mark leads others into his thought processes as he rebels against his parents’ beliefs and bravely faces his challenges with help from a friendly neighbor, teachers, and a counselor. While his family alienates him, Mark learns to speak and read at the same level as his peers, all while feeling isolated, confused, and craving the unconditional love he should receive. Even as his world slowly becomes more manageable, Mark must still deal with the unhappiness he feels every time he enters his house and realizes that his family does not accept him, just as he is. Will he ever receive the acceptance he desires and needs or will Mark be forced to battle the same challenges for his entire life?
Marks of a Changing City is the story of a young man’s struggles with ADHD, autism, and dyslexia as he searches for acceptance from his family.