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Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison
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Apr 02, 2008

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bookshelves: non-fiction, education, memoir
Read in April, 2008

Hmm, it's hard to write this review because I don't want to sound mean-spirited at any point. I did enjoy this book quite a lot, although sometimes I wasn't sure if he was being funny/sarcastic or completely serious. (I tend to think the latter.) I worked exclusivly with an adolescent with Asperger's for about six months and it was an exhausting experience. While Robinson insists he has feelings (and they can be hurt) (which is a good thing to remind people without experience with autism spectrum disorders) I think he demonstrates throughout the book that people with Asperger's simply cannot ever put themselves in anyone else's shoes. Instead of at least thinking "Okay, this person is telling me X, and while I can't understand it, I'll at least accept that THEY think X" Robinson (and the student I worked with) go on and on and on and on and ON about why the other person thinking or feeling X is completely WRONG. That kind of bugged me. It's not just that they can't empathize, it's that they feel the other person's feelings aren't valid, and will go to lengths to demonstrate why. I did get quite a bit out of this book, though; I was very interested when he explained why "people like him" literally cannot look people in the eye. I have heard that people with autism see faces very differently than people who don't have autism do--it's information like that that should help people without autism spectrum disorders have much more patience and understanding. You wouldn't tell a person with a broken leg to just get over it and walk, and trying to force people with austism spectrum disorders to do things the way "the rest of us" do them is just...what's the word...well, ridiculous, if not cruel.
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Cherie I can't WAIT to talk with you about it!

Terry I'm actually almost done with it!!! It's really interesting. Let me know how you want to chat...email? ACTUALLY on the phone? You know I hate that. Erm... Let me know. Oh, off topic, I'll be sending you a bunch of random stationery shortly. Yay random stationery! xoxo PT

Cherie E-mail me your thoughts, please! I won't make you talk on the phone this time. Now I just need to figure out how to get email notification that I have comments here...

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