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Anything But Typical

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  8,102 ratings  ·  1,313 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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Maggie At some points in the book it can get confusing but you have to keep reading and use the context clues they give you. That is what I did when I got co…moreAt some points in the book it can get confusing but you have to keep reading and use the context clues they give you. That is what I did when I got confused.(less)
Hannah There is no bad language and I really recommend book

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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
Dave Schaafsma
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grades, autism
My confession is that as a father of two boys on the spectrum that I seem to be particularly hard on books about kids with autism. I think this seems on the surface ungenerous and working against the kind of solidarity one hopes for in the autism community. But here we go: I listened to this book and disliked the reader, so that's not Baskin's fault. I thought overall that it was fine.

A book about an atypical neurological condition called Anything But Typical (meaning that the main boy character
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. ...more
Alexandria Coyle
Sep 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Okay, so I read this in High School a few years ago but....is the person who wrote actually Autistic, or just another neurotypical who thinks they know Autistic people better than Actually Autistic people?

Because this story is just the stereotypical white boy that doesn't know how to interact with people.

It doesn't even show an accurate way Autistics stim; yes, some of us rock or flap hands, but some of us hum, some of us tap our feet, and some of us even use echolalia as a stim for communicatio
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
Jay Pruitt
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it
"When I write, I can be heard. And known. But nobody has to look at me. Nobody has to see me at all."

I love books which help me see with other people's eyes and hear with other people's ears. Imagine if you will the additional challenges faced daily by an autistic person, experiencing hypersensitivity to sights and sounds, and being unable to easily communicate his thoughts to those around him.

The author of Anything But Typical attempts to bridge these two worlds (autistic and non-autistic)
Sep 18, 2012 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
Mar 21, 2009 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.
Oct 10, 2016 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
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
3.5 stars

I've got a soft spot for little boys with disabilities.
Did this make me sound like a creeper?
Well, I've got a soft spot for little boys with disabilities, and I mean it in non creepy way.
I just develop feeling for them easier than when it comes to any other character.

And I absolutely loved this book!
It was simply written, but that simplicity struck me hard.
Jason would say how he blew out candles on someone else's birthday and now no one invites him to their birthday parties anymore, and
Apr 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 18, 2016 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 interesting....it makes you think.

Feb 12, 2017 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.
Oct 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Please note that this review comes from my point of view as an actual autistic.

Anything But Typical was a very enjoyable Middle Grade read. Right from the strong opening line - 'Most people like to talk in their own language.' - I was hooked. Jason had such a strong narrative voice, and I thought it was a very clever set up, telling us he's going to tell his story in a neurotypical way. Nora Raleigh Baskin makes incredible use of the first person narrative, so that we really feel like we're in J
Mar 05, 2010 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
Marybeth Taylor
Mar 31, 2010 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
Apr 09, 2010 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 found ...more
Dec 20, 2012 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
Narrated by twelve-year-old Jason Blake, an autistic boy "living in a neurotypical world," this humorous and heart-breaking book offers young readers a brief glimpse of life through the eyes of someone who doesn't always know how to interpret the words and actions of the people around him, or how to respond to them, but who - in his own way - understands them all too well. When so many things in his life are such a struggle - when everything from recognizing who people are (certain facial types ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: rf-contemporary
The vast majority of my classmates found the ending unsatisfying. Their reactions ranged from "disgusting" to that it left you wanting more. Of course, there was one that thought it was great. I thought it was fine, but could have been better.

Rebecca is more of an idea than a person, Jason talks about her a lot, but she doesn't do much. The description of the book is kind of misleading.

We held a Socratic Seminar (we the students discuss topics without raising our hands while the teacher takes
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a talented kid, a smart kid, a kid who is autistic. he feels uncomfortable a whole lot but he gets through it and also gets in love 😍. If you loved the Book fish in a tree you’ll love anything but typical. Nora Raleigh Baskin did a great job on this wonderfully written books. You will also love this book if you did / do a fantastic job in ELA. If you are stubborn you will love it 😊 to.

This book has an amazing cover and the author really knows her writing strategies. This boo
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book reminds me of bravery. Even though Jason is a special, unique, and an autistic 12-year old kid, he never gives up his life. He has a brother Jeremy. Unlike Jason, Jeremy is normal. At school, nobody sits with Jason, talks to him, or invite him to the party. But he likes to write books. His dream is to become an author. When writing books, He met a friend called Pheonixbird. Her real name is Rebecca. Jason helps Rebecca edit her story and give feedback. Jason thinks Rebecca as a friend. ...more
Maria Bazarte-De La Luz
Jason is a 12 year old in sixth grade who was diagnosed with Autism when he was 8. He has a caring and supportive family: a mother, a father, and a younger brother. Through a website called Storyboard, he meets a friend named Rebecca. Soon his parents tell him that he will be able to attend the annual Storyboard convention. Then, Rebecca informs him that she, too, will be attending the convention because it is being held in her hometown in Texas. Jason is terrified of what Rebecca might think of ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by LadyJay for TeensReadToo.com

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
Sep 18, 2009 rated it liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know a couple people on the autism spectrum, but not well enough to know if this book is an authentic portrayal of autism. For what it is, this book touched me quite a bit. I felt like I could relate to both Jason and his mother, and I think I am leaving this book with a better understanding of people with autism.

At first, the book felt didactic, like it was written for the express purpose of teaching readers about autism. But Jason won me over pretty quickly, and it didn't take long for me t
Robin Tzucker
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Having a hard time deciding how to comment on this book. I think this could be an interesting book to either read aloud to fifth/sixth graders or assign for them to read/discuss. Where I live, it seems like almost every classroom has at least one student on the spectrum in class, and I think this book offers some understanding of what it might be like to be that kid.

One thing that bothered me....at no point did the narrator ever seem to grasp how his behavior really impacted others. And yeah, I
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