|If only we could change our real selves as easily as we can change our video game alter egos.|
The blending of Ben's fantasy life and real life opens a window into Ben's mind. As he confronts the school bullies, they become the monsters he fights in his game. I don't know enough about Asperger's to know how true-to-life this portrayal is, but I do know it's a wide-ranging syndrome, so this could very well be consistent with some. In any case, telling the story from the perspective of the outcast gives the rest of us pause; who is the Ben in our lives?
Bottom line, 4 stars.