Saturday, February 26, 2011

Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Title: Anything but Typical

Author: Nora Raleigh Baskin

Published: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2009

Pages: 208

Summary: 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.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Anything but Typical is a book about a boy named Jason who has autism.  I know a little bit about autism and I think that Nora Raleigh Baskin did an amazing job at providing the voice of a main character with autism.  It was interesting to see the world from Jason’s viewpoint and I thought it was really interesting and highly believable.

One thing I didn’t think was so very well done was the transition between past events and present events.  Whenever Jason would go into a flashback story I’d get a little confused because the transition wasn’t very smooth.

I felt bad for Jason and I could understand why people treated him the way they did but I thought it was sad that he couldn’t understand why.  But that is autism.

I don’t have very much to say about Anything but Typical.  I enjoyed reading it and I really enjoyed the ending.  It wrapped things up rather nicely.  I think that if you’re looking for a book about someone with autism this book would be a good one.  I would also recommend this one for fans of Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the dog in the Night-time.

Source: Library

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