Review: Autism, Anxiety, and Me by Emma Louise Bridge

[Gifted/AD: This book was gifted to me by the publishers, in exchange for a review.]

Recently, I was gifted Autism, Anxiety, and Me. I’ve started reading a little bit more into the topic of Autism, which is why I was really intrigued to read this diary.

Cover:

I really liked the cover of the book. It’s unusual, similar to a spiral bound notebook (Paperchase anyone?), the kind of cardboard notebook you would see in films such as Mean Girls. (The type that sits on the desk, complete with a yellow pencil.) It stood out to me, which is why I wanted to read it.

Content:

The diary is what makes this an interesting read; it’s quite an intimate format, the behind the scenes of what someone thinks, which we usually do not get to see. With this comes a variety of topics: not understanding (unspecific!) instructions; wanting to add to collections; special interests, and more.

I was a little wary at the beginning, however. Bridge’s mother adds comments after the entries. I would have maybe liked more clarity on her role in the book; there are a lot of books around at the moment, when parents are kind of pushing their viewpoint. I’m not saying that Bridge’s mother is, far from that, but I would have liked to have known more about her role.

Overall thoughts:

I’m glad I read the book in the end, as I think it has made me more aware of people who are like me. (My theory of mind is not the best.) It also re-homed the point that Autism is more than just one singular thing; there are differing hallmarks, after all.

To improve the book, I would have liked to have seen more ‘colour’ in the book; I found it frustrating to read references that are outside the remit of the book. I would have also twigged the language slightly; I would argue that there is a difference between special interests and obsessions, which could have perhaps been made clearer in the text.

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3 Comments

  1. February 18, 2019 / 5:45 pm

    This sounds super interesting. I’m intrigued by the author’s decision to set out their book more like a notebook than an actual book. I suppose it makes sense considering it’s something of a diary, but it’s an interesting move that not many people make! I love how you’ve weighed up the positives AND negatives of this book, too, allowing people to make their own decisions about whether it’s worth reading or not. I completely understand where you’re coming from about parent’s sharing their own viewpoint and kind of speaking over autistic people, so I’d be super interested to see how this works. I may have to purchase this book for myself so that I can check it out for myself. Thanks for writing such a thorough review!

  2. February 18, 2019 / 6:54 pm

    Such a well written post I have a 19 year old niece, with Autism, and sometimes she struggles so much. X

  3. February 18, 2019 / 7:42 pm

    This sounds like a good book that perhaps just needed a little something extra to make it really stand out for you? I do love the simplistic style of the cover though – definitely a less is more statement if I’ve ever seen one. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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