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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2013
To say I loved this book is an understatement. I found it well written and logically laid out (ok, it is in chronological order from childhood to adulthood so it couldn't go far wrong; but, I have seen others arranged by topic and it does make a difference). The author describes her experiences in a very candid and reflective manner. It took me through a whole gamut of emotions; I laughed, cried, cringed, empathised, got angry and at the same time was able to see the entire picture from her adult viewpoint. I know this sounds general in a sense but I don't want to spoil the read and besides there is no need to describe how/if I identified with her experiences. For those who believe they may be on the autistic spectrum or know an adult on the spectrum, this will be a rather comprehensive breakdown of what it is like to grow up undiagnosed. For those who have diagnosed children, this will also give an idea of what to look out for and the possible issues that can be encountered as they grow up. By all means, this is not meant to be a tick list of what it's like to be a high functioning autistic person. Davide-Rivera points out on several occasions that everyone is different. One thing I will say is that my copy of this book is not fit to be lent out or sold (not that I would want to) because it is heavily underlined and annotated now. What I mean is that besides being an engaging read, it will also make you think. I highly recommend it and this is why I give it a five star rating.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2013
An captivating informative read. This review is done with my deepest gratitude as it took me back and brought me full circle to an understanding I wouldn't have have had otherwise. I finally admitted to myself that I am autistic at the age of fifty.

This is a book for everyone autistic or not...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 2013
A jolly good read, fantastically well explained and very well put together. I could hardly put this book down to get on with my own life! So many explanations of little, easily missed quirkiness, all adding up to this complex individual who gives an honest window into her life.
Very brave, very well written, and very well done achieving all her various goals with such obstacles to overcome.
An inspiration to all.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2013
I was a little resistant to this book at the outset, and thought the book not to my liking. By the end of the book I had changed my view, and am very pleased to have read it. The simple and straightforward manner in which the author presents the facts of her life results in a better explanation of the autistic mind than is achieved in many more rigorously academic works I have read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2013
This book was an excellent read and would be particularly helpful to any adult who thinks they may be autistic or considering undergoing a diagnosis. The author relates her own experiences of growing up with undiagnosed autism against the diagnostic criteria for ASD. She describes with clarity the difficulties she experienced and the barriers she overcame. The complex language of the diagnostic criteria is explained in accessible terms & supported by clear examples. There is a paucity of research relating to women & girls with autism. It has for years been viewed as a condition which primarily affects males. Women have often been missed or have gone under the radar. It is therefore heartening to read a story which highlights the difficulties that not receiving/having a misdiagnosis can present.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 May 2013
I'm the mother of two autistic children and know Jeannie via her blog.
I found the book very interesting and insightful, as I do her blog posts,
Would recommend to anyone wanting to know more about living with autism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 May 2013
A rare glimpse to life through the eyes of someone with Aspergers.

Well written

Easy to read and the type of book where you celebrate who the author is, rather than feel sorry for her, or think you are better.

I have an interest in this field having worked in a school environment with children with AS and I did a course on AS.

I'm aware that each person is different but I learn so much reading this.

Super book

Well recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 December 2013
This highlighted some of the features that may be seen in teenage girls with autism. As a sub-group they do present differently and those of us supporting them in education and social communication development do well to recognise this. I particularly liked the contrasts between what came easily to her and what she found difficult. Have already recommended this book to colleagues as it's easy to read and shares a wealth of personal experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2013
I found this a very touching read, it was presented in a very frank manner and yet showed life perfectly. I really felt for the woman as she explained the many missed opportunities and wrong diagnoses that made her life harder.

Thank you for writing this eye opening book, and sharing. I am glad thing have improved for people on the autistic spectrum since the author was a child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 March 2014
I have always had an interest in Autism and after reading about people who were diagnosed early on I thought reading this would be interesting and wasn't disappointed , this book did get me questioning some of my own behaviors and those of people around me which i was not expecting!
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