Unfortunately this book makes Aspergers syndrome look like a walk in the park. The author wasted a lot of space talking about his electronic and musical accomplishments which are fine and many with this syndrome have. The real problems people with this affliction face is much greater and in most cases much more severe than this author has experienced. His parents genetic and emotional problems are probably more of a cause for his behaviour than Aspergers syndrome. Having Aspergers can be a very frustrating and lonely affliction and can give people the mistaken opinion that all that it is, is not knowing social clues. IT is much more debilitating and emotionally disruptive in a persons life.
John Elder is not as good of a writer as his brother Augusten Burroughs, but the book gives us a look into the views of a man growing up with Asperger's Syndrome before such a thing had a name.
An entertaining read. Very insightful. Helps you understand the life of a person with aspergers from the inside out. Recommended read.
I liked reading it. The last few chapters bored me though.
I need 5 copies for next week. Please send all copies to the Sierra Mesa Library branch. Thank you
Any book that can take you inside the mind of someone with Asperger's, when you have a family member with it, is valuable in my opinion. An enjoyable read.
A good story of one man's struggle with "being different" and with no support, but surviving and thriving in the end. A good look into perceptions of a person with Asperger's
I enjoyed the first part of the book where Robison describes growing up with autism from his point of view and reflects on how that view point is different from people not on the austism spectrum. Yet I felt the latter part of the book felt rushed and repetative.
This book truly helped me understand and sympathize with what's it's like to be Aspergian.
My sister recommended I read Look Me in the Eye. She also grew up as an undiagnosed Aspergian, like the author. He gives insight into how hard it was growing up misunderstood and how he struggled with why he couldn't be "normal". He talks a little at the end about what a relief it was when he was finally diagnosed, he finally had an explanation for why he was different, which is very similar to what my sister felt when she was diagnosed. He also talks very candidly about growing up the son of abusive alcoholics and how his mother's struggle with her own mental illness affected him.
My only criticism is I kind of lost interest for a little while in the middle because he talked a lot about going on tour with KISS and working for a toy company and different pranks he pulled. They were good stories, but I felt like his writing in these parts lost a little of the personal tone that made the rest of the book so powerful.
I think everyone, not just people who have or know someone who has Asperger's, should read this book to gain an understanding of people who act a little different.
"Asperger's is not a disease. It's a way of being. There is no cure, nor is there a need for one."
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