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Funny, You Don't Look Autistic: A Comedian's Guide to Life on the Spectrum

176p. Annick. Mar. 2019. pap. $11.95. ISBN 9781773212579. POP
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Gr 7 Up–McCreary was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum in 2001, at age five. His younger brother had recently been diagnosed, and his parents were concerned about some of his own behaviors. After three different psychologists' visits, each relayed in five-year-old comical perspective, he was finally given the diagnosis that would shape his future. McCreary's memoir articulates the often hilarious side of growing up with sensory issues, hypersensitivity, fixations, and quirks while not shying away from the more painful aspects. Oftentimes funny, other times heartbreaking stories of navigating school, friendships, and relationships with girls keep readers invested in the narrative. Interspersed among the humor and touching anecdotes are text boxes and sidebars that educate neurotypical readers about the reality of the disorder. McCreary offers thoughtful, positive counsel for "Aspie" readers as well as advice to those who may encounter Aspies on how to connect with them without fear or judgement.
VERDICT Delightfully engaging and informative, this is a noteworthy addition to a school or public library.

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