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.
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.
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.
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.