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Everyday Aspergers

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  189 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Through 150 telling journal entries, Samantha Craft presents a life of humorous faux pas, profound insights, and the everyday adventures of a female with Asperger's Syndrome. A former schoolteacher and mother of three boys, Craft doesn't experience ordinary everyday happenings like most. In her vivid world, nothing is simple and everything appears pertinent. Even an averag ...more
Paperback, first, 382 pages
Published July 1st 2016
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
This was a difficult book to read as well as a truly amazing book to read. Why? It was so emotional, so honest, so raw and I related to so much of it that it opened up every part of me and left me exposed and bare as a fellow woman with Aspergers's. Samantha Craft had me feeling I was sitting listening to her story and her wisdom over a large cup of tea, cake and with many tears and hugs in-between. Not many books can do that - or authors.

If you are looking for a clinical book about Aspergers or
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PattyMacDotComma
4★

“Textures irritate. Smells overwhelm and overtake. Sights hurt. And even the taste of air is unpleasant.”

An intense, entertaining, funny, poignant look at the Asperger “end” of the Austism spectrum from the inside out. Samantha Craft has been keeping a blog (same name as the book title) since early 2012, and recently changed to Everyday Aspie.

She’s had a rough time of it. Bright, funny, outspoken, and with a greater propensity for foot-in-mouth than even Prince Phillip. I recognise plenty
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Christine Busuttil
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting but tough book to read.It was compiled from a blog therefore it is made up of a mix of childhood memories,poetry ,and very deep inner thoughts ,which for me was the difficult bit.

I have worked with many young children who were diagnosed as being within the Autistic Spectrum and noticed only one of them was a girl.

This book bought home to me how very different females within the spectrum are in their thinking and I thank Samantha for her openness and honesty in conveyi
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Andy Carlisle
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After many years in the making, Everyday Aspergers is here at last! :) Sam offers a sensitive, in-depth look of women and autism/Aspergers from a personal viewpoint. If you know anyone on the spectrum, love anyone on the spectrum, work with someone on the spectrum, or just want to get a better understanding, this is DEFINITELY a book worth reading!
Misfits farm
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is not your everyday read. It is a very honest, open touching one. I thought for me it might give the world of Aspergers from a personal rather than medical view. It is a journal and ramblings rather than a detailed explanation (although it does you give some) from Sam’s viewpoint. Sam has put into words her world and the thoughts in her head as well as how she see and deals with the various situations she finds herself in (and one of her sons). “LV” (Little voice) is the voice in her head ...more
Julia Stephenson
Autism: Pros and Cons

Samantha Craft gives a readers a glance into her everyday life with autism. She mentions some pros such as intelligence, and memory, but she outweighed the pros with cons. The cons Craft also points out cons such as D
Depression, anxiety, loneliness, naivete emotions and embarrassment. She seems to blame autism on why she seems miserable,
She even mentions that she wished there was a cure for it. Autism does not cause depression or anxiety. Those disorders are separate from au
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Chris Carlisle
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Written by an autistic female, I recommend Everyday Aspergers as a MUST-READ. Samantha Craft's compassion, kindness, and insightfulness shine through her writing--some parts making me laugh; others making me cry. For anyone who is on the spectrum, and for those who seek further understanding of girls/women on the spectrum, this publication offers valuable insights about Aspergers, what it is/means to be Aspie. ...more
Jill springer
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Samantha Craft paints an incredible picture for her readers; showing the innocence, pain, humor, complexity, and beauty that comes with being an Asperger. If you're on the spectrum, have a loved one on the spectrum, work with someone on the spectrum, or know someone on the spectrum (and even it you don't!!)...you absolutely need to read this book! ...more
KA
Here's the thing. When you turn something into a book, you're supposed to edit it so it IS a book. Just printing your blogs posts without revision isn't a book.

Saved from 1-star status by having a couple really good chapters (but I'd still rather have read them online for free).
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kat
Dec 17, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Meh. This had a couple of interesting entries, but for the most part it's just reading the Livejournal of someone you don't know (which, since it's a collection of blog posts, is pretty much exactly what it is). She seems nice enough but most of the entries are both deeply personal and lacking all context. For the most part, she doesn't talk about Asperger's at all, or when she does she over-generalizes to say that all "females" with Asperger's are exactly like her, even down to having "soulful" ...more
Ky
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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DebsD
I've tried to read this twice, and dnf'd it twice. I suspect that it might be okay as a series of blog-posts, but as a book, it just doesn't stand up. The writing is immature and irritating and there is nothing profound here. There is an occasional insight but far too much generalisation about AS to make this a useful read for anyone wanting a better understanding. ...more
Amy
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book that I, as an Autistic female, could wholeheartedly relate to. I hope more Autistic females follow Sam's lead and get their stories out there. For non-Autistics it is a great insight into female Autism, if you have a daughter, sister, other relative, friend with Autism it's definitely worth reading. ...more
Linda
Nov 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
I have never written a review before because people have different tastes and views, but this book made my teenager daughter very insecure (she is now convinced that she is weird).
While there are some obvious truths in it, I don't think we should represent "aspies" like the author did. Certain things have to be kept private.
PS: As I said, my daughter is an aspie, and so am I.
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Warren Mayocchi
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
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How does one open a book when it is not a book? E-"books" are convenient irritations. Percentage complete remains unchanging after reading several pages, neither can progress be measured well by a bookmark set in place by a reluctant hand. But if that is what it takes, then so be it. I'll pretend to open it and read as though it were a book, it is difficult to deal with, this weightless distraction called Everyday Aspergers. And it was written by an imaginary person, channeled through a real per ...more
Carrieanne Hart
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. I related to so many things. It made me laugh at times and feel so many emotions. I took a while reading it as It took me off on tangents from my own life.
I particularly love 116 reasons I know I have Aspergers Syndrome.
I’m going right back to the beginning and reading this again.
Absolutely loved this book. 💜
Laura Dane
I wanted to like this book more than I did. Reading how the author looks at the world and experiences things was interesting, and it’s always helpful for my aspie brain to connect with others’ stories... but (I feel awful saying this but I wish I had been warned), the poetry and prose was mind-numbing. I eventually started skipping those pages.
Jennifer
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So insightful. I love all of her writings, and this was a beautiful way to express such complex emotions that female aspies experience.
Christina
Jan 02, 2021 rated it did not like it
I found this book to be very frustrating and annoying. As someone with personal experience in the subject matter, I found the author to stray and incorporate experiences unrelated to ASD in her blog revolving around ASD. I couldn’t get through the book.
Daniel L.
Living with “Everyday Asperger’s”

A little girl, a free spirit, loved to spend hours absorbed in the sights, sounds, and smells of nature. She saw herself as a caterpillar, “set free upon endless green, nibbling at the gifts before her.” That is, “until the rain came.” Caterpillar became Butterfly, lovely and able to reach great heights. However, as she did so, her world became both smaller and larger. Everything was unfamiliar and ever-changing. With all that was good, also came evils Caterpilla
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Jennifer Lavoie
I think I highlighted half of this book. It's so well written, and reading it was like reading my own life for most of the time. I would say that I particularly enjoyed the traits Craft lists for women with Aspergers. I found it so nearly identical to who I am as a person, that I immediately shared it with friends and family.

After my diagnosis at 31, I was getting a lot of people telling me I must be mistaken or that it couldn't be. I've recommended this book to many of them. Furthermore, after
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Maria
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was a pleasure to read! You can't help but feel all of the emotions along with the Author as she tells her story. I love the style it was written; it is a myriad of times and places, sifting through snippets of memory, raw tales of her life, beautiful prose and profound philosophy all are found within the pages. I like this style as this is how my mind works, not in a linear fashion, but through connected points which weave through into new areas with the turn of a key phrase or thought. I ...more
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“Even the word “disorder” is a trigger word for some, myself included. Today, I prefer to write and say, “I am autistic,” or “I am Aspie,” when referring to myself, versus “a person with autism/Aspergers.” Primarily because I don’t have Aspergers—rather, I am Aspie.” 5 likes
“The problem was I knew innately I didn’t want to be controlling and I was never happy, regardless. It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome that my behavior changed. Now, before an event, I no longer subconsciously create drama in an attempt to release emotion. I didn’t consciously decide to change this; the change happened naturally. Now, I am hyperaware of why I am upset. I recognize my emotions in detail and the triggers that lead to anxiety. It might seem that knowing myself more would make the anxiety level decrease, but actually the anxiety is more intensified because I am no longer subconsciously utilizing displacement. I am not displacing my own dread about an event onto another event. I am not using or finding a scapegoat. I am not creating drama in order to diffuse my own tension. Instead, tension keeps building and I have no way to release it. Now that I am more aware of my own behavior and emotions, and the triggers, I do much more stimming, e.g., flick my nails, flap my hands, clear my throat, click my teeth, repeatedly saying “okay,” and so forth. I also have anxiety dreams related to upcoming events. In addition, on the day of a happening I have extreme fluctuations of emotions and physical symptoms, such as hives and/or stomachaches. I am now taking in the full experience and my body is responding. I don’t know if this is better or worse than the displacement. What is also happening is instead of “freaking out” before an event, I am often “freaking out” after the event. (Sir Brain and LV running around in circles in full panic after climbing out of the swimming hole, exhausted, to discover they are naked!) I feel very much like a child who holds herself together at school for the better part of the day, only to return home and have a meltdown. I have found, to date, the best way to handle my anxiety is to not turn it into the enemy, or something to be eradicated and ejected, but instead something to be accepted. The more I fight the anxiety, the worse I feel, for there isn’t any feasible avenue of solution that leads to rescue. I have to go through the discomfort in order to feel relief. The process is similar to a minor panic attack or adrenaline rush, but it passes. And the more accepting I am of the process, the quicker it passes.” 0 likes
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