Anything But Typical ~ Nora Raleigh Baskin

Anything But Typical

Rating: 4/5

I’m not as well versed in books that are first person perspective from someone on the Autistic spectrum, so I’m not sure I’m the best person to seek advice from with regards to this book, but I will say that overall I enjoyed this story.

Jason Blake is twelve years old, and a writer. He finds himself falling in love with a young girl who comments on his story, a story about a Dwarf who faces a decision, to have a surgery that would enable him to continue growing or carry on his life like normal, knowing that his height would make some things more difficult.

It seemed clear that Jason had struggles of his own to work through, and it also seemed clear that he had passions he was actively pursuing. He had a good support system, but struggled to feel comfortable in public school, both due to sensory stimulation and due to feeling like he would never fit in because of his behaviors.

The beginning particularly stuck with me, as Jason opens saying that he will try to explain his story from a more neuro-typical standpoint, as many neuro-typicals may have a hard time understanding his story otherwise. I suppose this allows the author to write about his story as fluidly as she does, and also calls into question for me his story-telling passion.

2 thoughts on “Anything But Typical ~ Nora Raleigh Baskin

  1. I’m interested in reading this book (I’m actually interested in reading just about any novel that has a main character with Asperger’s/ high-functioning autism) but I haven’t read anything that was juvenile fiction in a really long time. I guess since I’m 24 it makes me feel a little guilty to read books that are written for kids. I’ll probably end up reading it anyway though. Nice review! 🙂


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