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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but just... flat, somehow, 11 April 2009
This review is from: Passing For Normal: Tourette's, OCD and growing up crazy (Pocket Books) (Paperback)
Well, this pretty much does what it says on the label. Amy Wilensky tells her story: how she started to develop odd physical tics as a child, how these developed into full-blown tics, rituals and obsessions which dominated her life, and how she battled those around her - and herself - until she finally got her diagnosis and started learning how to live with her disorders.

There are some mistakes in the book which could have been ironed out, and Wilensky doesn't always come across as a particularly pleasant young woman, particularly at the beginning. She warms up towards the end of the book, so it's hard to tell whether to attribute her less savoury side to honesty and self-deprecation, recreation of her feelings as a child, or to pure self-obsession. Either way, it's a fine line and she sometimes seems a very selfish and rude, seeming to think little about the feelings of those around her even in the retrospect allowed by the autobiographical form. Towards the end, as her understanding of her disorders improves, she detaches a little and this uncomfortable self-interest lessens in favour of genuine insight and information.

In conclusion - an interesting book, but perhaps a different one might have been better suited to gaining insight from outside the disorder. This one might appeal more to people who suffer - or think they might suffer - from Tourette's and OCD, as they can gauge there own experiences against Wilensky's. Worth a read but nothing special.
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