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“If you know anyone with Autism or a family that has an autistic child this is a MUST READ. WOW did it open my eyes to how an autistic person thinks. Thank you to David Mitchell for translating this book and getting this published for the world to read. I will know how to talk to people with...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Enlightening rendering of the perception of the World through autism.”Adanid P wrote this review yesterday. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Extraordinary. Just read it.”Judy D wrote this review yesterday. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The reason I jump is a poignant and charming work of nonfiction, written by Higashida when he was 13 years old. What makes this book valuable, even emotional, is the fact that the young author is a ‘low’ functioning autistic teenager who uses an alphabet grid to construct words and sentences to communicate his thoughts and feelings in the absence of spoken words. In the Socratic style of inquiry, Higashida answers questions posed by non-autistic parents, caregivers, and others who have no concrete way of knowing or understanding what is going on in the minds of the autistic children. The questions cover quite a range: Why do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly? Why don’t you make eye contact when you’re talking? What’s the reason you jump? Why do you like spinning? There are 58 such questions, some of which may not be easy to pose to an actual person sitting in front of you. The answers are insightful and suggestive of a thoughtful, generous, and engaged young writer. ”Puja Birla wrote this review 2 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved this book because it gave me such insight to the struggles of those with autism and their caretakers. What a brilliant boy!!”Bonnie wrote this review 2 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great insight to the autistic mind. I can see some of this in my son.”Ken Bogart wrote this review 11 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Short read but something I will think about for a long time. I know my issues are not the same but Naoki helped me focus on the need for patience with both myself and others.”Ellen U-W wrote this review 12 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting insight, but oddly not what I expected. Worth reading.”Susie wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting insights to autism written by a 13 year old boy who has it. Really helps understand what it feels like from an entirely personal viewpoint.”Bewicks W wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Proving that individuals with autism are intelligent and self-aware, but trapped in a body they can't control.
“Nicole D said: 1/5
First, I'm angry with Jon Stewart. And I have NEVER uttered those words. Second, I got more than half-way through this very short book, but could NOT finish it.
Sorry. I may be callous and cold, but I just don't believe in a million years (or in a million little pieces) that this kid wrote this book. First, he's speaking as "we" the autistic community. Please don't pick on us, please be patient with us, etc. It's weird. Autism manifests in MANY different ways. It's a spectrum, so you can't claim that your symptoms are the symptoms of all autistic people.
Second, he continually compares and contrasts what it's like to be autistic with what it's like to be normal. He says things like, when you feel emotion this happens, and when we feel emotion this happens. Uh, how do you know? Here's an example: (the book is set up like a Question and Answer) the question is - Why do people with autism often cup their ears? - answer "There are certain noises you don't notice but that really get to us." How do you know?
Then a couple pages later, (when asked if he'd like to be "normal" - in other words a cure for autism) he says "...having autism is normal - so we can't know for sure what your 'normal' is even like." So he probably wouldn't want a cure. B.S. Why would you want to struggle like you are describing?
The writing seems deliberately juvenile at times, airy fairy at times, conceptually over-sophisticated at times, and David Mitchell trying to be all these things at once at times.
I am fortunate enough not to have an autistic child, and I can see how this book might really be helpful and illuminating to a parent of an autistic child. But I see a lot of projection in this book. Parents trying to make themselves feel better about their situation. I understand that, I'm compassionate and empathetic about that. I think if anything, Naoki's mother brought this book into being (one way or another). It feels more like this is HER window into autism. And that's fine, that's great ... if it's helping people, FANTASTIC ... I just wish it felt more sincere.
If I'm wrong, I apologize.”