Most interested to read Mr Miserable's review. It highlights exactly why such guides are necessary. 'It's just common sense'is precisely what eludes many individual with Asperger Syndrome, as this is 'common sense' from the neurotypical world which is often nonsensical to those in the Asperger World. Full credit to thr authors for providing a guide which covers two equally highly complex and subtle areas to provide a text which is straighforward, practical and readable. Although there are other texts dealing with the issue of AS and relationships, this surpasses them in terms of cutting down the complexity to such a user-friendly text covering a vast selection of abilities. It just highlights just how on the surface AS may seem easy to understand yet so few people do. Written with warmth and respect. Well done.
A guide book such as this one is much overdue. It is something you can pick up and read quickly. Positive attitudes and ideas drip from every page. It is packed with good clear advice and suggestions without being judgemental. It is being read by some of the older students we work with in Sheffield. It is also vital reading for neurotypicals because it gives a clear insight into some of the best ways to work alongside people with AS. The advice given is honest, straightforward with little room for mis-understandings. Neurotypicals must continue, with their best efforts, to learn from people such as Genevieve and Dean. As long as we remain open to learning from people such as Genevieve and Dean, we won't go far wrong.
With the Asperger world growing this sort of publication really sets a prescedent for the sort of advice and attitude Aspie adults need to surround themselves with. There are no answers to how Aspies can better live their lives in a non-Aspie dominated world and so this guide is not claiming to have the answers but is still looking on the bright side. What's more there is a series of three of these guides so check out The Asperger Social Guide and The Asperger Personal Guide as soon as possible by the same authors. Good on you.
The advice in this book is common sense. A book on how to gain confidence and go about making it happen is what is needed. Who are these two to offer such advice anyway when the pair of them split up even before this book was published. I'm sure there are better books out there and I wish I had taken more time to investigate before buying this.