Anything But Typical

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review

Jason is 12 and on the autistic spectrum. The book is written from his own perspective, in the form of a series of observations, accounts and comments, as he tries to adjust to fit in with the ‘neurotypicals’ around him. To Jason, the world outside his home is a confusing and sometimes unpleasant place, full of noise, disorder, contradictions and daily challenges. He struggles to form friendships, the other students at school tending to ignore him or treat him with contempt, particularly the girls. His principal sanctuary is a computer station in the library, where he has joined a storywriting forum. It is through this website that he makes a friend in Rebecca.

Whilst is by no means an action-packed drama, this is a fascinating, funny and often moving insight into a young boy’s mind. As is the case with best books about disability, this is a book which succeeds in making one question one’s definition of ‘normal’. Jason’s disjointed narrative may jump constantly from one subject to another making it confusing for some young readers, but it is a style which successfully emulates his take on the world.

Share this page with your friends

More books like this

Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome

Author: Luke Jackson

This is a guide to Asperger’s Syndrome by a young man who was just 13-years-old at the time of writing...

Read more about Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome

Cherry Blossom Dreams

Author: Gwyneth Rees

Divided loyalties, tested friendships, first loves, a changing home life and family secrets are all contained within this readable and amusing tale about the difficulties faced by adolescent girls.

Read more about Cherry Blossom Dreams