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Robert is different. He has Asperger's Syndrome. He experiences the world differently to 99% of the population. Follow his entertaining and highly empathetic story as he struggles to realise and accept who he really is, try to understand other people—which he cannot—and find a girlfriend. Especially find a girlfriend—he's decided it's his special project for the year. Acco ...more
Kindle Edition, 176 pages
Published October 16th 2013 by Waspie Publishing
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
I loved this book! It's a heart-warming and often funny story about a young man with Asperger's, his life, his inner world, his friend Chloe who also has Asperger's and a kitten with the funniest name ever!

I have Asperger's myself and this book is the BEST non-fiction portrayal of an Aspie I've ever read.Hands down genius! The author really gets it. Being in the mind of our protagonist is absolutely spot on in regards to how living with Asperger's can be (I should know). There are differences t
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, psychology, ya
"Some might say that I am not normal, but more accurately, I could say that I am not typical."
Robert has Asperger's Syndrome and perceives and experiences life differently. Robert's brain is simply wired in a different way. Robert is a student in Christchurch, New Zealand. In diary format, the book chronicles his first year at university as he shares a flat with Chloe and Stef. Chloe is a psychology student who also has Asperger's and acts as Robert's "therapist" because Chloe has plenty of the
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ Jeri the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

Reviewing “Stim” by Kevin Berry is a difficult subject for me.

Every reader has certain genres that appeal to him. I found out long time ago that I like stories with unusual leading characters. People that are not the “norm”.

As a result of that I have read also my fair share of books that feature characters with Asperger’s – I googled quite a lot about it to get more background in understanding as I noticed quite a lot of different ways that this form of autism is described.

Just a short time ago
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
Stim – to self-stimulate, especially with regular, rhythmic movements of parts of the body.

Anyone who knows me will recognize that I have a very eclectic reading style. I will read just about anything I can get my hands on. When I first saw this book, though, I was nervous. It was unlike anything I had ever attempted to read before, but I thought “why not?” I could see no good reason why I shouldn’t give it a shot. SOOOOO glad I did!

The synopsis didn’t give me any clue that it took place in
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Stim isn’t your typical story. But then again, Robert isn’t your typical guy. He has Asperger’s Syndrome and his view of the world is different than anyone else. Which really can be said for anyone, it’s just that Robert’s is a little more off the beaten track of “normal” than most.

“Stef was lying on the other sofa, staring at us with her mouth wide open like she was about to scream, but she did not do that. For a few seconds, she s
Elnora Romness
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was provided with a copy of this book in return for an honest and fair review. What follows are my honest opinions.

Chances are very good that you know someone who has a diagnosable mental illness. In fact, some more conservative studies estimate that if you are in a room with 100 other people, 25 of them have been diagnosed with something.

What do you think of when you hear the words ‘autism’ or ‘Aspergers’? Does “Rainman” come to mind? Perhaps you have a friend, sibling, or other relative who
Feb 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Robert has Aspergers Syndrome and sees things differently to neurotypical people. In “Stim”, we follow Rob’s project - To get a girlfriend. Not a lot actually happened in this book in terms of plot but I found Robert quite brilliant. There was a particularl scene where he played monopoly with his best friend (who also has Aspergers) and it made me smile so much.
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Stim by Kevin Berry is about a boy named Robert who just wants to be able to do the things others do. He would really love to find a girlfriend and do what boyfriends and girlfriends do. Robert has Aspergers and has a difficult time doing things that comes easier to everyone else.

I found this book to be a fantastic take on people with Autism and was loaded with so much information about different aspects of Autism. My son is autistic (ASD, PPD-NOS), he’s 9 and it’s hard to understand what goes o
It's one of those difficult to rate and describe books.
I loved the three core characters, especially both main characters. They are lovable, genuine, quirky, a fresh breath in the rather uniform book characters - I'm aware it's partly due to the fact both are Aspies and think in a different way to what I'm used to see in most of the book.

In a small extend I can see now better what's the difference but also why - which was the reason for grabbing this book in the first place - one of my friends'
Anatea Oroz
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review is also posted on my blog, Anatea's Bookshelf.

When I saw this book, I immediately knew I wanted to read it. This book is so different from everything else I ever read, and that's exactly what I was hoping I would get. Something different and refreshing, but also useful.

This is a story of an Aspie, Robert who is diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. This year he went to college and he set himself a goal. To find a girlfriend and have sex. But this may not be as easy for him as it seems be
Ginny  Gallagher
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
STIM by Kevin Berry gives you an inside look into the life and mind of a young man diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.  It is written in journal style and chronicles Robert’s journey as he attends his first year at Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand.

We get a front row seat to the troubles and joys Robert discovers as he tries to establish independence in a world that doesn’t accommodate or understand him.

STIM is heartwarming, sad, and hopeful as it gives us a brutally honest look
Lynda Dickson
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 17+
Robert and his flatmate Chloe are both Aspies. They have Asperger's Syndrome, a mild form of Autism. As Robert tells us, "It is difficult for me to know what are emotions and what are not." Most Aspies have an obsession, and Robert's is reading and talking about economics, never mind that he bores everyone silly! He has also made it his mission to find himself a girlfriend this year. After moving into a flat with Chloe and her cousin Stef, Robert experiences the trials and tribulations of having ...more
Jess at Such a Novel Idea
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-arc, 2014-reads
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4.5/5 stars

I have to admit my review is partially biased. This is a subject that is dear to my heart, so having it done well really just skyrocketed it to a favorite.

In 2008, doctors told me what I had long suspected – my son had autism. At the time, I was scared, worried, and terrified. I couldn’t see what our future looked like and it scared me beyond words. Six years later, I still feel like that at times, but I also feel a lot
Vivian Muia
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I just want to give Robert (the hero of the story) a hug. Though he may not like it because he doesn’t know me.

Kevin Berry so vividly captures the spirit of Asperger’s that, as I read the first half of this novel, I thought I had the condition.

I felt so sad for the hero when his attempts at finding love, particularly the one featuring a dentist, ended in disaster. It’s a work of fiction, but Stim is a reminder to not judge others harshly, even when we believe they deserve nothing less.

I liked th
Jessica Figueroa
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Robert is an aspie (Person who has Asperger Syndrome) and has a different way of seeing things then most. This year he has made a goal for himself: Find a girlfriend.

I just loved this book. When I was first offered to get a ARC of this book and I saw the description I was happy to come across this book. I am an Aspie and I rarely come across books with a aspie in it. So one thing I loved about it was that I can relate to the character in some of Roberts actions. There was many awkward, cringe w
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nz
3.5 stars. This is a neat book. I quite liked it. It's about a university student in New Zealand who has Asperger's Syndrome and his adventures. Robert's a great character and his narration is frank and amusing, and it's also very poignant at times. This book is very educational about Asperger's Syndrome, and all that information, while interesting, did take away from my engagement with the story somewhat. So on one hand, this is a story about an interesting guy living his life and looking for l ...more
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
Thank you to the author and Netgalley for the book in exchange for an honest review. Robert is a first year university student in Australia with Asperger's. His project for the year is to have sex with a neurotypical girl. What follows is his journal of his year with his flat mate, Chloe, who also has Asperger's and her cousin and other flat mate, Step, and their kitten they name sex. It is laugh out loud funny, immediately comfortable and realistic to anyone with autism or who loves someone wit ...more
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good book about my home town and 2 BFF who couldn't see which was right in front of there nose it was funny as well and a lovely HEA!!! ...more
Ed Morawski
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm dealing with a grandson who has Asperger's Syndrome so this was a timely and interesting read for me. Although the character in the book is older, it gave me some real insight into my grandson and why he acts the way he does.

I did find some of the situations to be a bit tortured and contrived. Sure this was done for entertainment purposes but a few did seem a little far out there. That being said there is no doubt it is a valuable read for anyone who has loved ones diagnosed with autism or A
Carmilla Voiez
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autism
I love Robert and Chloe. I understand and empathise these characters on a deep level. I feel their discomfort in crowds and when confronted with noise. I am charmed by Robert's literalism and Chloe's patient understanding. This is a book about valuing who you are. Robert overcomes some difficult times with the help of Chloe and becomes a stronger and healthier person because of it. The self knowledge of these characters goes deep and Kevin Berry writes about people with Aspergers in a beautiful, ...more
Underground Book Reviews
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-pick
Stim was a delightful, insightful, and often funny read that pulls at the reader’s heart. It will appeal to those interested in Asperger’s Syndrome and those just wanting to understand the myriad of challenges and unique experiences associated with being different. Highly recommended!

Read the rest of this review at
Melanie Izzo picciotti
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a relaxing and humorous book. My close friend’s grandson has Asperger syndrome and I know that some of our mutual friends have no understanding of it. They say nothing to her but tell me how (__) must be faking it when he stares and zones out. People like this need to read this book.
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Funny. Interesting look at life with Asperger’s Syndrome. It was a fun read. And the cat’s name is Sex.
Angela Dell
May 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Such insight. A good book full of poignant and laugh out loud moments. Enjoyable
Pam Wentzel
Jul 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Well written. Funny, Entertaining, and informative.
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Good parts - the way the main character is captured. Thoughts, emotions (or lack there-of), and very deliberate actions that seem SO random to everyone else.

Less successful parts - the pace of the story. The female character's motivation.

Overall, a good book but it took me a while to finish. Just didn't keep me engaged somehow.
Bob Quesal
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Endearing characters, many laugh-out-loud moments, and a compelling story.
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A big thanks to the author for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review

As an Occupational-Therapist-in-the-making, books about people on the spectrum are particularly close to my heart (case in point, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon). Stim by Kevin Berry is no exception.

An amazing 5 out of 5 stars for STIM.

Stim tells the story of Robert. He’s a college student with Asperger’s Syndromewho made finding a sexual partner his goal for the year. I
Tahlia Newland
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
STIM is a sensitive and charming portrayal of an autistic man's search for a girlfriend. Robert lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, and has Autistic Spectrum Disorder which means that he finds social situations awkward. He has difficulty reading social signals and understanding social conventions, hence finding a girlfriend is much harder for him that it is for NS (Non Spectrum) people.
This simple story glows with Robert's earnest and honest character. His straight forward nature is the cause o
Crystal Marie
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be not only entertaining but also very informative regarding what life is like for someone with Asperger’s. For the purpose of this review I want to say I will be using some of the “slang” terms such as Aspie for a person with the syndrome and NS which is people who are not on the spectrum, in other words people without any form of the syndrome. We meet Robert and Chloe both with Aspie trying to find their place in a “normal” world. The main realization that I kept coming b ...more
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I've always written stories. I started out as a kid creating monster stories with a $5 typewriter from the early 1900's. Now I write novels: speculative fiction (SpecFic), crime fiction, or contemporary fiction according to whatever ideas occur to me. I live in Christchurch, New Zealand, about as far away from anywhere as it is possible to be. Earthquakes devastated the city in 2010 and 2011. They ...more

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