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Anything But Typical

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  6,428 Ratings  ·  1,026 Reviews
Jason Blake is an autistic 12-year-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 does.

Jason can be himself when he writes and he thinks that PhoenixBird — her name is Rebecca — could be his firs
Hardcover, 195 pages
Published March 24th 2009 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Apr 11, 2016 Manybooks rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: children and adults interested in stories about autism and related conditions
Jason Blake is autistic and finds the neuro-typical world around him, but especially school, over-stimulating, often incomprehensible. Most days it is just a matter of time before something goes wrong, before he either does something or says something others find weird or inappropriate, or before one of his classmates (and sometimes even his teachers) make fun of him or react negatively to him. Jason's one solace and escape is the Storyboard website, where he can be himself, where he can write h ...more
Katie Fitzgerald

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
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 little more sympathetic and understanding towards people with autism.
Oct 10, 2016 Eva rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-books
Wow! This book surprised me with how good it was because I picked it up in the kids' chapter books section of the library, so I thought it would be a light, fluffy read. And while it didn't make me cry, or anything, it was an interesting (and sometimes sobering) look at the world of autism.

Anything But Typical reminded me of Wonder in a lot of ways (though, of course, Auggie's not autistic) and I'd recommend it to those who love that book. The writing was beautiful, in its own way, and the stor
Sep 18, 2012 Haley rated it it was amazing
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, some more challenging 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 per ...more
Feb 12, 2017 e.c.h.a rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We never really ever see ourselves the way other people see us. I will just do the best I can. itu yang Jason pikirkan sebagai seorang penderita Nonverbal Learning Disorder.
This is a great children's/middle grade book and I'd def recommend it to young readers.

Anything but Typical is narrated by Jason who was diagnosed with ASD but goes to a mainstream school, we here about his school life, difficulty with teachers and peers, as well as what's going through his mind in a multitude of different situations.

I love the way Jason described Neurotypicals and how NT's have there own language even when we're all speaking English. There are so many "socially acceptable" ac
Apr 29, 2009 Cami rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: ya-fiction
Let's give this a good 4.5 stars.
I genuinely loved this book.
It is told from the perspective of a 12 yr old Autistic boy who loves writing stories and is trying to find his way in the world of Neurotypicals.
His voice rings true and I felt such an emotional connection with this character who, ironically, has a very difficult time connecting emotionally with anyone.
It's probably just because I'm a mother, but I had some weepy moments at the end here.
I would recommend this book to anyone.
Mar 21, 2009 Betsy rated it really liked it
One Sentence Review: When I first read the book I felt relatively blase about it, but as time went on I looked back on the title and grew more and more impressed with what Raleigh was able to pull off.
Jul 25, 2011 Ellie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin is the story of Jason Blake, a 12 year old boy who lives in a house in Connecticut with his mother, father, and 9 year old brother. He likes computers and he is a writer.

And he's different, "special", a boy "with initials"-ASD (autism spectrum disorder), PDD-NOS (pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified). He is in "inclusion"-that is, he attends a general education school. He used to need a 1-to-1 aide to help him through the day but no
Marybeth Taylor
Mar 31, 2010 Marybeth Taylor rated it it was amazing
I've always wondered how an autistic person feels all the time. Do they think the same thoughts as we do? Have the same wants? What does it feel like to be autistic? These questions were a few of many. And after reading this book, Anything but Typical, it let me inside an autistic person's head for a short 195 pages, but it was unquestionably worth it.
Jason Blake is an autistic twelve-year-old trying to struggle through middle school. Naturally he has more troubles than your average student. E
Dec 20, 2012 Steven rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asd-fiction, audio
I really enjoy books about characters on the spectrum (I am on the spectrum myself). I thoroughly enjoyed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Rules, Marcelo in the Real World, and 600 Hours of Edward (I particularly enjoyed those last two). So you could say that I had pretty high hopes for Anything But Typical, but unfortunately I was disappointed. Without giving anything away, I'll just say that the ending was a dud. It didn't really resolve anything which really annoyed me. Anot ...more
Apr 09, 2010 Dawn rated it really liked it
I gave Anything But Typical as a gift to a friend who is a teacher. I thought she would enjoy a story told from the point of view of an autistic child as she minored in special education. The story line intrigued me so much I had to read Jason’s story for myself. I was impressed with Nora’s voice for a 12-yr old autistic child. I was drawn into his world & lingo instantly and, though the story had a satisfying ending, I was reluctant for it to end; Jason’s viewpoint was remarkable. I also fo ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Jason is different from other 6th-graders. He loves routine, hates noisy, overcrowded places, and constantly reminds himself to breathe.

He is obviously not like other NT's (neurotypicals), the so-called "normal" people in the world. The NT's say things, but nothing is ever behind the words. Jason doesn't understand why people talk and never mean what they say. This is why he doesn't look at anyone. Jason gets distracted by faces - the way they morph when
Tessa Keeton
Jan 29, 2014 Tessa Keeton rated it really liked it
The book, "Anything But Typical" is a very inspirational book. It is about an Autistic boy named Jason. He lives in a world full of Neuro-Typicals. They don't understand him. He only has one true friend and he doesn't even know if he calls him his friend. At school, all he does is look forward to time on his favorite website.
The website allows you to write a story online. He is an amazing writer and everyone who reads his stories online would know that. He meets a girl online with the username
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 cry more than 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 d
Ok, first of all, this may be my favorite book cover of all time. I have a strong desire to like this book for that reason.

The text is an account of a 12-year-old boy named Jason with autism. It's from inside his head, and communicates the struggles he has to connect with his family, strangers, and society. I particularly liked the explanation about clothing choices. Baskin does a nice thing making Jason's obsession letters and words instead of numbers, so that Jason is a talented writer. It's a
Sep 24, 2009 Madeleine rated it really liked it
Recommended to Madeleine by: destinee's goodreads
Shelves: kids-ya
Reading a YA/kid novel every Friday night might not be a bad way to occupy myself. It's nice to escape into a slightly simpler world after a long week of craziness.

Jason Blake, the narrator of Anything But Typical is a twelve-year-old boy who has autism. He loves writing fiction, and gets through the middle-school meanness by finding a community of other writers on a fiction website--including PhoenixBird, a girl :) I liked this book because there's such a stereotype of people with autism being
Kathy Worrell  ツ
Jul 18, 2016 Kathy Worrell ツ rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-books, fiction

3.5 Stars

Anything but Typical is written from the pov of a 12 year old autistic boy and how he perceives the world around him.

Nora Raleigh Baskin does a great job of making you believe that this story is non-fiction.

Very makes you think.

Nurhayati Ramlan
Dec 30, 2016 Nurhayati Ramlan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, mg-love

Oh my god! I love this book!! Such a good book to end my 2016!
I love how Jason used writing as his coping mechanism.
I loveeeee the ending. <3

Mar 05, 2010 Josiah rated it really liked it
"Why do people want everyone to act just like they do? Talk like they do. Look like they do. Act like they do.
And if you don't—
If you don't, people make the assumption that you do not feel what they feel.
And then they make the assumption—
That you must not feel anything at all. "

— Jason Blake, Anything But Typical, P. 14

In my view, this is easily the greatest story delving into the mind of a kid whose mind operates differently than those of his peers since the acclaimed Joey Pigza Swa
Haley Mathiot
Oct 09, 2009 Haley Mathiot rated it really liked it
nything but Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin anything-but-typical
Rating: 4.5/5

My Summary: Jason is Autistic. Letters define his life, and he thinks in full complete sentences, no contractions, and perfect grammar. Every morning, a word pops into his head. He says it out loud while he brushes his teeth. He has been able to spell any word he has ever seen perfectly since the age of four, but he has no control over his body. When he gets stressed out, his hands start to fly away from his body, and
Oct 10, 2012 Alana rated it really liked it
Alana Chandler
October, 2012
Anything But Typical Book Review
Jason Blake is a 12-year old that is anything but typical, one of the reasons being his autism. Being autistic comes with problems like temper tantrums, being teased, and no one understanding what you really want. But Jason has a special talent that sets him above and beyond other tweens, his gift for writing. Writing takes him on adventures through words and lets him express his feelings without having to trip and stutter over his words
Lisa Nocita
May 21, 2011 Lisa Nocita rated it really liked it
"Showing? How do you show appreciation? Appreciation is an emotion. It's a feeling. You can't draw a picture of it. Why do people want everyone to act just like they do? Talk like they do? Look like they do? Act like they do? And if you don't-- If you don't, people make the assumption that you do not feel what they feel. And then they make the assumption-- That you must not feel anything at all." Jason is a twelve year-old boy with autism and the narrator of his story. His telling of the story g ...more
Amina E.
Feb 16, 2013 Amina E. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Title: Anything But Typical
Author: Nora Raleigh Baskin
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Pages: 208 Pages

Summary: Jason Blake, the main character in this book, is autistic. He doesn't think how everyone else thinks. He doesn't act how everyone else acts. He doesn't speak how everyone else speaks. He isn't anything like-what he calls-the neuro-typicals or NT's. Jason doesn't fit in with his classmates, they think he is odd. It seems that Jason doesn't realize how his body moves. He doesn't control his "flap
Jul 12, 2010 Shannon rated it really liked it
Recommended to Shannon by: Anna and Bekah
I love it when one of my daughters recommends a book to me. Both my 10 year old and 8 year old read Anything But Typical and told me I should read it. Know this: they know how to pick books. This was a great read - touching, unique and thought-provoking.

Jason Blake is a 6th grader, but he's not your typical 6th grader. He has an Autism Spectrum Disorder so he thinks differently than neurotypicals (NTs) as he calls them. In some ways this book reminded me of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the
Feb 01, 2010 Nicole rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: pick any random middle schooler on the street
Spectrum books are hot right now and this middle grade look at autism doesn't disappoint. I really liked the character of Jason. I found him approachable, engaging, and authentic. Trifecta. I was especially empressed with Baskin's explanation and approach to "NTs" vs Jason.

Basically, this was a refreshingly authentic look at what might be going on inside the head of a higher-functioning autistic middle school boy. The characters were genuine, the details (such as IEPs and OT strategies) were rea
Sue Larson
“Anything but Typical” is told from the point of view of 12-yr old Jason, who is different from other 6th-graders. This autistic boy loves routine, hates noisy places, and spends a lot of time wondering about NT's (neurotypicals), the so-called "normal" people in the world. Jason’s internal dialogue reveals his confusion with NT's: how they say things, but nothing is ever behind the words. Jason doesn't understand why people talk and never mean literally what they say.
Baskin gives an extraordin
Misty Kincade
Apr 23, 2014 Misty Kincade rated it liked it
Shelves: red-317
Literary Awards: Schneider Family Book Award for Middle School Book, An ALA Notable Children's Book for Older Readers, Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award Nominee, Cybils Awards Nominee for Middle Grade Fiction
Reading Level: 4.1
Interest Level: MG (4-8)

Brief Summary:
Twelve-year-old Jason Blake has autism spectrum disorder. Jason prefers sticking to routine, highly dislikes noisy places, and tends to spend a lot of time thinking about neurotypicals; whom are who Jason considers “normal”
Apr 02, 2009 Andrea rated it really liked it
Jason Blake is a twelve-year-old boy with autism. This story takes place in the present, but he also goes back to show us the struggles that he has endured growing up. He knows that he is "different" but seems to accept this. The one place where he is comfortable is online, on a site called "Storyboard". There he posts stories that he writes. He also gives us many tips on writing fiction. On his favorite site, he meets a girl named Rebecca whom he feels a connection with. When he has a chance to ...more
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I am seriously an open book. I've been writing semi-autiobiographical fiction since I was in 6th grade (1972) then, in 2001, Little, Brown published my first middle grade novel, about my life in 6th grade! titled "What Every Girl (except me) Knows." Sixteen years and thirteen books later, that still, pretty much sums things up.
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“Romance goes like this:
Boy gets girl.
Boy loses girl.
Boy gets girl again.
The end.
It can't be any other way.”
“All we are, all we can be, are the stories we tell," he says, and he is talking as if he is talking only to me. "Long after we are gone, our words will be all that is left, and who is to say what really happened or even what reality is? Our stories, our fiction, our words will be as close to truth as can be. And no one can take that away from you.” 23 likes
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