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Okay, so I read this in High School a few years ago but.is the person who wrote actually Autistic, or just another neurotypical who thinks they know Autistic people better than Actually Autistic people Because this story is just the stereotypical white boy that doesn t know how to interact with people.It doesn t even show an accurate way Autistics stim yes, some of us rock or flap hands, but some of us hum, some of us tap our feet, and some of us even use echolalia as a stim for communication Some of us wear sunglasses to help our sensitivities to light and melt downs are NOT temper tantrums.And yes, most of us interact a bit differently, but the majority of us at least theoretically get interaction by our adult years.Ask an Actual Autistic before you write stuff like this, because otherwise you ll get nothing but incredibly offensive inspiration porn.On the Edge of Gone is better than this Even The Accountant is better than this, at least they acknowledge how stimming really works for us Autistics.Autism Speaks does not speak for me and neither does this book.How do I know this I am on the spectrum myself.I have read articles by, and talked to, many other Autistic people.I have listened to other Autistc people, regardless of what traits they may present.Please, please listen to Actually Autistic people before you decide you like a book like this one A female Autistic Wouldn t it be nice if life were this easy I m all for books that raise awareness of autism, but not only does this book portray autistic people as being asocial computer geeks, it also paints the world through rose coloured glasses, and unfortunately that s hardly the reality of the situation. My confession is that as a father of two boys on the spectrum that I seem to be particularly hard on books about kids with autism I think this seems on the surface ungenerous and working against the kind of solidarity one hopes for in the autism community But here we go I listened to this book and disliked the reader, so that s not Baskin s fault I thought overall that it was fine.A book about an atypical neurological condition called Anything But Typical meaning that the main boy character, Jason, is anything but neuro typical This signals that the book is no so much a novel about a young man as it is about a kid with ASD, it is about a topic Autism The good part of that is that the young, intended middle grade audience will be educated about how the kids that are on the spectrum think and feel Jason is a remarkably talented writer who shares his work online, and because of some of his atypicality, is bullied, and has no friends He thinks one girl, Rebecca, who also writes online, might be a possible friend, even girlfriend.Baskin has Jason admit early on that he is going to tell his storyin the NT way, since others might not understand the way he would depict how he REALLY thinks and feels That s an interesting way of dealing with a real narrative problem, and not entirely satisfying for me, but I understand why she does this, given the audience.I like the depiction of the parents, the Dad as calm and supportive, and the Mom as anxious and disappointed that her son is not what she really had hoped for in a child I also like that the story does not give the sense of happily ever after I like it that he is sometimes out of control and even violent in school when things do not go his way I hate romanticized portraits of kids with autism, and this has hopeful things how success in writing and less than hopeful things his rigidity, his lack of friends Otherwise, I thought this was just solid, and hopefully useful for kids and parents who want to get some sense of how ASD kids think and feel. I think this is a pretty good portrayal of how a high functioning autistic boy would think and act I have Asperger s Syndrome, so they say, and although I do better than Jason I can recognize a lot of my problems in him The conflict with the story convention is well done and I thought the ending was perfect hopeful, and realistic Very good story overall, and it just might make neurotypical readers a littlesympathetic and understanding towards people with autism. When I write, I can be heard And known But nobody has to look at me Nobody has to see me at allI love books which help me see with other people s eyes and hear with other people s ears Imagine if you will the additional challenges faced daily by an autistic person, experiencing hypersensitivity to sights and sounds, and being unable to easily communicate his thoughts to those around him.The author of Anything But Typical attempts to bridge these two worlds autistic and non autistic by narrating from the perspective of the fictional character, Jason Blake, who is unaware of why he thinks differently and cannot easily fit in with other children Instead, he learns that his best means of communication is writing stories In doing so, he befriends an online companion who is also a writer But when he learns that his friend, a girl named Rebecca, will be attending the same convention, he fears she ll no longer want to have anything to do with him when she discovers he is different Although I recognize it would be unrealistic and naive to believe that all people afflicted with this condition are the same, I nonetheless felt that the book, written at a grade school level, helped me to better understand what it may be like to deal with autism. I know this story is mostly about Jason, about how he deals with his autism, but to me the real strength of this story lies in the minor characters.Jason s dad nearly made me crythan once, because he knows his son has his own way to communicate and just because his way is different doesn t mean it s bad different He s always supporting his son, making sure that everybody understands that Jason isn t stupid.Jeremy, Jason s little brother, was absolutely adorable, I just wanted to hug him during the entire book He understands his brother has some boundaries, he knows when he s doing something his brother can t bare and he stops doing it, he s proud of Jason all the time and that was beautiful to read.At first I wasn t huge fan of Jason s mother, because I thought she wasn t even trying to understand her son, but who am I to judge I don t have a son with autism, so I don t really have a right to say that she s doing something wrong Okay, she says some things that aren t acceptable, but I liked how at the end of the story she finally sees that the real problem isn t how Jason reacts to the world, but the way she reacts to Jason.That was a really quick read, but also really powerful.3.5 This book about a 12 year old boy living life with ASD touched home As a mother of a 12 yr old boy with ASD I couldn t help but see my son in the main character Told from his perspective it allowed me to see the world through his eyes for the first time All kids on the autism spectrum are different and face their own battles, somechallenging than others Jason, the main character, has some extreme issues and battles that my son doesn t face However, I can see similar traits Every person who works with, knows or is related to a child with ASD should read this book.I have read countless books trying to gain insight to the world my son sees I can t thank Ms Baskin enough for the research she did and the words she wrote. 3.5 starsI ve got a soft spot for little boys with disabilities.Did this make me sound like a creeper Well, I ve got a soft spot for little boys with disabilities, and I mean it in non creepy way.I just develop feeling for them easier than when it comes to any other character.And I absolutely loved this book It was simply written, but that simplicity struck me hard.Jason would say how he blew out candles on someone else s birthday and now no one invites him to their birthday parties any, and I would die a little.The only thing that this book was lacking was length I needed it to be longer, story deeper, and maybe I also wanted they lived happily ever after conclusion.But you don t get that in real life, after the last chapter life still goes on with all the struggles And so it did for my little munchkin Jason. Wow.I have read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time I have read Rules, Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree, and I am halfway through Marcelo in the Real World Books about characters who have autism have always intrigued me, and I loved every single one of the books I just mentioned But nothing compares to Anything But Typical.This is the story of a 12 year old boy named Jason who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 8, after a long period of denial by his mother He has few friends, but through a fanfiction website, he makes a connection with another 12 year old, a girl whose user name is PhoenixBird, and who enjoys his stories As his relationship with PhoenixBird progresses, other things happen in his life violent outbursts he can t explain, confusion over what his mother wants from him and why she is sad, and incidents with the other kids at school, who are frequently not understanding of Jason s condition.The entire story is told in the first person from Jason s point of view, and you become immediately immersed in his earnest, honest, and unique voice His relationship with his 7 year old brother, Jeremy, is one of the most touching sibling relationships I ve ever read in a children s book, and his parents, understanding Dad, and overwhelmed and bewildered Mom, are extremely realistic and believable They re not always fully accepting of their son s limitations or needs, and they struggle to understand what it is like to be him, but they also love him a great deal, and it s clear that they want to do the right thing for Jason if they can discern what that is.I cried at least four times throughout this book The language, despite being very detached and different from the language of a traditional novel for kids, is really quite beautiful, and some of Jason s realizations about his own life read like universal truths I had When You Reach Me pegged as the Newbery for next year when I finished it earlier today, but now I am inclined to think it s got some serious competition.This book is great It s one of those stories where you just feel yourself settling in with it, pleased to feel not one word or detail out of place I loved the realism and the specificity of it Other books have taken on the point of view of an autistic person to tell the story of being autistic This book takes on the point of view of a very specific boy and tells his story This isn t a book about being autistic, this is a book about being yourself, whoever that is, and also about growing up and truly being that person, even when those around you sometimes don t understand why you re doing so Absolutely brilliant I am in love with this book. ^READ EPUB ☘ Anything But Typical ↾ Jason Blake Is An AutisticYear Old Living In A Neurotypical World Most Days It S Just A Matter Of Time Before Something Goes Wrong But Jason Finds A Glimmer Of Understanding When He Comes Across PhoenixBird, Who Posts Stories To The Same Online Site As He DoesJason Can Be Himself When He Writes And He Thinks That PhoenixBird Her Name Is Rebecca Could Be His First Real Friend But As Desperate As Jason Is To Meet Her, He S Terrified That If They Do Meet, Rebecca Will Only See His Autism And Not Who Jason Really IsBy Acclaimed Writer Nora Raleigh Baskin, This Is The Breathtaking Depiction Of An Autistic Boy S Struggles And A Story For Anyone Who Has Ever Worried About Fitting In