[good reads] pretending to be normal

June 14, 2015


goodreads-pretendnormalI’ve been trying to read more non-fiction because I know life doesn’t always end with a happy ending. Anyway, I happened upon Pretending to Be Normal: Living with Asperger’s Syndrome by Liane Holliday Willey, and I thought, “Perfect!” This book was perfect because not only is it a biography, which I like to read, it relates to a topic that I’m very much interested in.

Pretending to Be Normal tells the story of the author who has lived almost her entire life without an official Asperger’s diagnosis. This didn’t negate the struggles she had as a child, in school, later at university, and then as an adult. I firmly believe she’s one of the lucky ones though who had a relatively strong support system and who met a man who supports her in every way despite (or because of) her Aspie tendencies. The most interesting part though, I think, is when the author realizes that one of her twin girls was not like the other. It ended up that this daughter was diagnosed with Asperger’s so then not only does the author have Asperger’s, but she is also a parent of a child with Asperger’s. It’s interesting the special bond she has with this daughter as well as the areas she helps her daughter and the areas in which she knows her daughter needs to find her own way. This book is such a must read!!~~


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