I consider myself to be a professional reader that can sometimes be a bit snarky. I'm a tattoo'd, yoga pants wearing, mom of 2 boys.
This book is about a 12 yo boy named Jason Blake and he has autism and he just wants to fit in. The whole book is written in his perspective to us NT's or neurotypical's. He's telling us what everyday life is like for him & how he copes with it. Jason is not very good at verbally expressing his feeling but, he's really good with words and writing and writing stories. The way Jason describes his emotions and feelings and how certain things effect him really makes you appreciate what he's going through. My heart so broke for his parents & especially his mom. His mom just so desperately wants what's best for Jason and it's a struggle for her. Seeing her struggle and not knowing what to always do to help her son just really tore at me. It's not until they take a trip to a writing convention that she had an ah-ha moment. And she says, "All this time I thought I was supposed to be teaching you," my mother is saying to me. "I was wrong."..."I thought you were supposed to learn how to get along without me..." "But it was me all along," she says. "It is me who needs you, Jason. You've taught me so much this trip. You've taught me about being brave." *grabs tissues* I thought her telling her son that was such a beautiful moment.
Jason wrote a story about a dwarf named Bennu and how Bennu wants to change his appearance & Jason is Bennu. He really didn't know how to end the story and he was having a hard time with it. After some struggle he ended it so beautifully.
This is who I am.
This is me.
Anything but Typical is one of those books that you're kinda skeptical about reading but when you do you're so happy and full of joy. This book is like a rare gem that you happen to stumble upon that'll take your breath away. Everyone should read this!!!