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Seeing through someone else's eyes
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.