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Finally, more representation for people with ASDs.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-09-2019

People with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) don't get fair representation in creative media. We're either stone cold (Bones), over the top (Rain Man), intellectually unreachable (The Good Doctor), or just straight up nutty (Lilo from Lilo and Stitch), with shades of grey in between. Don't even get me started on how Vaxxed presented us... This book goes a long way towards righting those wrongs. By putting you in the shoes of a man (possibly) with Asperger's Syndrome, you see the world from his strictly regimented, data driven, black and white view, a view coloured in by his experiences with his female protagonist. You don't just see him in his world, you see how his world changes around him and those he cares about, and how he responds to those changes, good and bad. I'll admit, I see a lot of myself in Don Tillman. Like him, I was born before Hans Asperger published his research and expanded the definition of autism. I was tested at the age of two and they had nothing with which to diagnose me, and the definitions they had led them down wrong paths, thankfully not destructively in Don's case. I'm not as severely regimented as he is (remember, folks, it's a spectrum) though quite so, and while experience has made me better in social situations, my lack of social instinct does catch me short from time to time. I obsess like a champion and, like Don, once I've got an idea in my head I pursue it inversely proportional to the sense it makes to those around me. If you have loved ones (or even acquaintances) in your life on the spectrum, and you want to truly understand what's going on inside their head, read this book. It will tell you so much in ways we tend to struggle to articulate. If I could give it more than five stars, I would.

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