Jason Blake is an autistic 12-year-old living in a neurotypical world.Most days it's just a matter of time before something goes wrong. But Jason finds a glimmer of understanding when he comes across PhoenixBird, who posts stories to the same online site as he does.
Jason can be himself when he writes and he thinks that PhoneixBird - her name is Rebecca - could be his first real friend. But as desperate as Jason is to met her, he's terrified that if they do meet, Rebecca wil only see his autism and not who Jason really is. By acclaimed writer Nora Raleigh Baskin, this is the breathtaking depiction of an autistic boy's struggles-and a story for anyone who has ever worried about fitting in.
It was how I felt it sometimes when I was with my mother. The way I would sometimes just fell just my head or sometimes just my toes and they'd feel warm. And I felt safe with my mother. I could breathe easily. p.23I was captivated by this story of Jason. How he failed to recognize distinguishing features on people, and couldn't control his emotions or his physical gestures, how he really felt inside but was unable to express. It was interesting to "see" inside his mind and how it worked. So sad and so sweet. I think I have a better understanding of autism now. It was interesting to see how Jason couldn't comprehend his mother's emotions except to know the basics. Complex emotions seemed out of reach for him. But it was endearing how much he really loves his parents and how he expresses it to himself, but never can to them. And it was interesting to see how people reacted to him and expected things out of him. A very moving little book with a wonderful character, I was deeply impressed with Anything but Typical.
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