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Odd Girl Out: An Autistic Woman in a Neurotypical World Paperback – 22 Mar 2018
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There are so many myths about what it means to be autistic and Laura tells her story beautifully and truthfully. You will live every moment with her, feel her pain and want to right the wrongs. Some books make a big difference, this is one of them. It should be read by everyone (Natasha Harding, the Sun)
A moving, lucid account of feeling different and ‘other’, Odd Girl Out is an invaluable insight that allows you to see the world through autistic eyes (Get the Gloss)
Laura James has dug deep into her 'differentness' and emerged with a book of breathtaking honesty, humour and insight. Odd Girl Out is a brilliant antidote to all the cliches and misinformation surrounding autism (Stephen Sackur, journalist and presenter of BBC HARDtalk)
An important, touching and incredibly honest book with a wry sense of humour, which challenges the preconceived ideas people have about autistic life (Rachael Lucas, author of Sealed With a Kiss and The State of Grace)
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Despite the author’s challenges with such problems as sensory overload, distractions from being overly focused on new special interests and a lack of interest in small talk or natural ability to pick up on social clues, she has been able to find a way to be successful in her career, have a family and maintain a long term close relationship. Although life has been more of a struggle for her than the normal person, she has been lucky compared to others on the spectrum with more disabling problems.
I have to admit I thought I was developing a special interest in the subject, fixated on watching and reading about women on the spectrum over a couple of weeks. I became fascinated with this author’s experiences of day to day living, finding it both reassuring and unnerving that I could relate to some of her traits. Sometimes I would think yes, yes, I have similar problems but you just got to get on with it as best you can, other people have worse problems. But that is not the point - the point is that we should thank the author for being so open about her experiences and for providing insight to both those with and without similar problems. She was particularly brave in describing difficulties in her relationship with her partner.
As a woman diagnosed later in life with autism myself, this book really hit home. It was great to find somebody else that understands and it helped me understand myself a little better.
A must read book especially for anybody interested in autism in girls and women or those diagnosed later in life with autism.
Well told and many valuable insights and descriptions into the differences of living in a neurotypical world from a female perspective, and how these vary from the more well known perceptions of what ASD is like.
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