I bought this book as a birthday present for our son, an extremely bright, high functioning student with Asperger's who will be spending his summer after 10th grade at two university/college academically challenging programs. He'll be away from home for a total of 6 weeks, living in dorms and getting a taste of college life. We have no concerns about his meeting the academic challenges, but the executive skills of day-to-day life, living with a room-mate, sharing a bathroom and other living space, housekeeping, managing his free time, getting to bed/waking up on time will need some guidance.
"Top Tips" is clearly written from the perspective of a parent who knows her son well and the challenges he's likely to encounter on his path to independence. The tone is completely accessible, and the advice is down-to-earth, practical and detailed. It covers everything from arriving on campus, bathroom etiquette (including remembering to wear some sort of clothing when walking from room to bathroom), budgeting, making good food choices, taking good physical and mental care of self, socializing, checklists of things to take to college, step-by-step instructions for basic routines, such as waking up, getting ready for school in the morning, etc. For someone unfamiliar with Asperger's or similar challeges, the detailed level of instruction may seem ridiculous (for example, in the morning, upon arrival to the bathroom, remember to pee). Believe me, it's just the right level for many kids whose brains are otherwise occupied in the morning (e.g. solving global warming) while they should be focusing on heading out to class.
The author is British, and although she partnered with a US college grad to "Americanize" this edition, there's still some verbiage that some kids may trip over (references to "loos" for toilet; "freshers" for freshman, etc.). As an avid Dr. Who fan, my son is quite fluent in British-speak, so the language doesn't bother him. The illustrations are simple, manga-style drawings which also immediately appealed to our manga-drawing son.
All in all, a very helpful book. I just ordered a second copy to give to our son's ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) program counselor at school. Highly recommend!