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Loving Mr. Spock

3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  40 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
An insightful guide to Asperger's syndrome, a complex neurological disorder that produces a wide range of anti-social symptoms. Sufferers are often highly intelligent in certain ways, yet complete disasters when it comes to relating to other people.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 29th 2004 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published April 24th 2003)
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Michele Dear Barbara, I want to tell you my story and how I'm fighting for the love of a girl with Asperger. I want your help to know what to do, because…moreDear Barbara, I want to tell you my story and how I'm fighting for the love of a girl with Asperger. I want your help to know what to do, because sometimes I fell that I'm become crazy. I would like to have your email or any other contacts if it's possible. I'm from Italy. Thanks Barbara.(less)
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Violet Raven
Nov 06, 2015 Violet Raven rated it liked it
I found it hard to relate to the author, I generally dislike autobiographies so that is partly personal taste, but I also found that much of the advice or case study of her particular relationship to be irrelevant or contradictory to other case studies of NT/AS relationships. I could find little in common with the AS partner either compared to those in my experience, perhaps he was simply more extroverted a personality and as such incomprehensible to me. A few of her experiences rang true but ov ...more
Dec 08, 2011 Angela rated it really liked it
I first read this a few years back, and am rereading it. Good to have a personal account of someone being in a baffling relationship with someone with Asperger's syndromw. It did irritate me that people were referred to as "aspergers", and there were some sweeping generalisations, but generally a good read, and certainly would be a good starting point to someone wishing to understand adults with Asperger's.
Laura Macdonald
Apr 21, 2014 Laura Macdonald rated it it was ok
I found this unsatisfying - too much anecdote and not enough evidence, and felt rather superficial. Jacobs' attempts to merge personal experience/autobiography and advice/self-help book don't work for me. At the same time as she says the book is very much about personal experience, she also makes some sweeping generalisations. This book is also now rather dated - Jacobs dismisses the idea that High Functioning Autism and Asperger's Syndrome are different early on in the book. We know they are no ...more
Oct 18, 2012 Thais rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mi dispiace dare solo tre stelline a un libro che mi ha affascinata così tanto, ma ho trovato l'autrice veramente insopportabile, come se volesse mettersi in cattedra e spiegare la sindrome di Asperger da una posizione privilegiata. Inoltre la traduzione non aiuta, a tratti è molto macchinosa, troppo letterale e con alcuni errori evidenti.
Detto questo, però, è un libro sicuramente utile e interessante per chi ha un partner con la sindrome di Asperger o anche solo per chi vuole saperne di più su
Dec 21, 2011 Shell rated it really liked it
I throughly enjoyed reading this book. I obtained it from my local library and wouldn't mind a copy of it for my own personal collection. Jacobs writes this book as if she is talking to a friend and adds information that may or may not be of importance to the reader. It had great information and made me feel less alone as I read it about Aspergers and is a must for anyone who is in a relationship, married, related to or is friends with someone who has Aspergers syndrome. Would love an updated ve ...more
Hazel King
Nov 19, 2015 Hazel King rated it liked it
I felt that as a book about the condition, it was unimpressive. Although an acceptable autobiography, the inserted chapters of information and other people's input made it a less easy read and still didn't give a very good overall picture of the condition as it was mostly focused on the one individual's symptoms and characteristics. Not my recommendation for information about Aspergers Syndrome/High Functioning Autism. Also very discouraging for someone wanting to learn about a relationship with ...more
Jan 17, 2014 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Altro libro sulla sindrome di Asperger che racconta di una storia d'amore, ma non è un vero e proprio romanzo. Sì, viene narrata la storia d'amore, ma c'è molta teoria, molto utile per lo scopo per cui ho letto il libro. In ogni caso non risulta affatto pesante o noioso.
Lisa Dorenkamp
Jun 27, 2010 Lisa Dorenkamp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another book that people either like or hate. I liked it because it provided some insight into the behaviors of adults with undiagnosed Asperger's. Not to say that all people who act "aloof" have Asperger's, but it provided food for thought.
Lily S
Jun 02, 2011 Lily S rated it it was ok
Brutal in the story and strident in tone. She seemed very embittered by her experience, and I found her so glib about important aspects and vicious in others that I skimmed the second half of the book. Her background information was solid, though.
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