Aspergirls

Do you remember the weird girl who used to sit two rows ahead of you in the classroom at school? Or that other girl who was really boring, and who wanted to be your friend but didn’t get the message that you didn’t feel the same way? Not to mention the odd woman who lives across the road from you?

National Non-Fiction Day

For National Non-Fiction Day (that’s today) I have been reading a book about those girls. I would have read it regardless of the day, because the moment I saw the title I knew it was going to be good. I actually went on the Jessica Kingsley website to look for another book, but Aspergirls trumped everything else, so I asked for that instead.

Isn’t it a brilliant title? Or rather, isn’t it a great word play to describe females with Asperger Syndrome? Rudy Simone is an Aspergirl and she’s the one who wrote this lifeline for other Aspergirls. Anyone above the age of about ten would find this the most useful book imaginable. If you have Asperger Syndrome you need to hear that you’re not alone. Someone else has felt just as you do. Another girl has done what you do.

If you aren’t an Aspie, you still need this book. When you’ve read it you will be an expert (well, nearly) on Aspergirls and your understanding of the weirdo at school will make you regret you didn’t befriend her a little, and in future you will be really good at seeing that someone is about to have an Aspie meltdown and maybe you can even help. Not help her melt down, help her survive the ordeal. It may be a party to you, but to her it’s the worst thing imaginable. And she needs to get out NOW.

National Non-Fiction Day

This cute logo for Non-Fiction Day might seem inappropriate, but remember that for some Aspergirls he is the only friend she has. Sometimes by choice. Sometimes not.

Aspergirls

If you think the cover of Aspergirls looks a bit dreamy, don’t let it deter you. The inside is pure dynamite, and I have rarely read so much sense on Aspergirls as in this book. It takes one to write about them. I may have said this before: Specialists’ books are all very well, but what people really, really need are the ‘case histories’ told from the inside.

And so far, this is the best I’ve seen. Aspergirls is a mix between Rudy’s own experience and that of other Aspergirls, as well as pure advice, both to other Aspies as well as to Neurotypicals.

There are chapters on most things in life from early schooldays to marriage and having your own children. As for the two-page list of female Asperger Syndrome traits, it’s pure gold. You may even discover you’re an Aspergirl yourself. There’s an explanation to all your little quirks. And if not, you’ll develop an understanding for why your neighbour always…

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7 responses to “Aspergirls

  1. I love the cover, and the title really is inspired. Thank you for taking part in NNFD!

  2. Sorry, LibraryMice, but you ended up in the spam. Have only just found you and fished you out. Hope it wasn’t too uncomfortable down there.

  3. A fine post. It is good that some people (writers & reviewers) do something to tell the story about Aspergers. I wish there had been more books of this kind when my son was ten.

  4. oh oh oh THANK YOU! I have just added this book to my amazon cart. I have an aspergirl. She hasn’t been officially diagnosed but she has so many of those little quirks, and she reads so far above her age level, but she won’t read fiction and she loves factbooks. She taught herself to read using Club Penguin on the computer, she draws and designs and finds it so hard to make friends. I am always looking for ways to help her through life, and as I am homeschooling her now, and I am having such a struggle to motivate her, maybe this book can help me :)

  5. OK. Nice review but don’t hold back at Aspergirls being weirdos, will you? I have Asperger’s but I wouldn’t have said I was the weird girl at school. I had friends but did better at one-0n-one friendships and was very quiet in a group. I have spent my life trying to be seen as normal and most times have succeeded. So well, in fact, that really only my closest to me have been privy to my meltdowns (lucky them!) but it sure is exhausting trying to be normal in this world.

  6. Thank you for reading and reviewing.

    Regards

    “One of the weird girls at school”

  7. Liz, I would never say what I said if I wasn’t aiming at myself. And at my advanced age I don’t mind admitting to being weird. This book even covered my witchiness.
    And I was half thinking of B who was in my class at the age of 16, and how I should have been nicer to her.
    Any book or book review that gets more people to know and understand, the better. If it also helps other Aspergirls, that’s even better.

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