M is for Autism
M. That's what I'd like you to call me please. I'll tell you why later.
Welcome to M's world. It's tipsy-turvy, sweet and sour, and the beast of anxiety lurks outside classrooms ready to pounce. M just wants to be like other teenagers her age who always know what to say and what to do. So why does it feel like she lives on a different plane of existence to everyone else?
I am a woman, a wife, a mother, a friend, a Top Ranked Book Reviewer and have my own Book Publicity business...
I also proudly have Asperger's Syndrome.
I was diagnosed 2 years ago at age 41. The main voice in th ...more
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I liked this book because the character and what happens to her describes me a lot - for example having her own little world to escape to when things get too much, and her anxiety about things which I struggle with a lot too but I am also autistic.
I liked the way this book was written from both M's view point and that of her mother's. As a person with autism who is also a mother of someone with autism I found this book describes what I go through fairly accurat ...more
This is a quote from the book and is also why I'm reading books about autism. I'm reading books about autism to figure out what the hell it means to have autism and to be able to identify myself with characters. I, personally, couldn't identify myself with M. The book didn't help me with giving my autism a place as much as I had hoped. These are the main reasons why I'm only giving it 2 stars. There is however one quote that does comfort me:
"You have ...more
-the character with autism is FEMALE (why is this so rare in lit.?)
-it is based on the real experiences of young women who have autism
-the art and text is eye-catching
-the story is great
I think that sums it up. This is a must have for a high school library, especially if paired with complementary nonfiction about autism.
It was easy to read (I know, I'm not the target audience) and M is well described. As are the counsellor, the mother, and the other incidental characters.
My hope is that it describes the kind of feelings that people with autism have. I don't have autism. I don't have a child with autism. I do have a friend whose child has autism. So I have an interest ...more
With complete honesty, she narrates the daily trials of desiring to be normal, feeling overwhelmed and anxious about unexpected situa ...more