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My Review-Atypical: Life with Asperger’s in 20 1/3 Chapters by Jesse A. Saperstein

I Rated It:

2stars

 

This book just wasn’t what I was hoping it would be.  I feel as if I’m being more judgmental of the book because the author has Asperger’s and at the same time, I don’t want to imply that someone with Asperger’s can’t be a good writer.  So, I’m going to try to set the author’s diagnosis aside and review this just as I would any other book.  It read sort of like a first draft/brain storm.  Saperstein compiled a whole bunch of his experiences with Asperger’s, but that’s all they were…experiences.  While I appreciate the how different the life he described was from the life of someone without Asperger’s, there really wasn’t any depth to it.  A lot of the chapters seemed to be structured like this:  “_______ happened to me because I had Asperger’s,   and it was different.”  There was no chronological or other kind of structure to how the chapters were arranged.  It may have actually read better as a collection of essays.   I really wasn’t able to pinpoint a specific topic for this book.  Obviously, it’s about Asperger’s, but what was special about his experience with Asperger’s?  What challenges did he face?  How did he overcome them?

atypicalOn the other hand, I would like to commend Saperstein for his efforts.  It takes a brave person to write about their life, particularly when they are pointing out how they are different from others.  Overall, I think it gives a decent first look into life with Asperger’s, I just wasn’t able to take much away from it personally.