I’m not sure how I came across Odd Girl Out; it has been a book on my reading  wishlist for a while now. It was probably the bright cover, or the tagline; anyone, as I was given book vouchers for my birthday, I decided to buy it. And I was not disappointed.

About the book:

Odd Girl Out is a biographical account of Laura’s life; it examines with flashes back and forth, having received her Autism diagnosis. It begins with looking at paperwork related to her diagnosis, with her husband, on holiday. We then see Laura as a child, struggling somewhat. (I find how she writes this account very effective!) She is also a young mother, a journalist, a wife; there are also moments after the diagnosis, such as wondering how her life could have been very different.

Thoughts as someone #ActuallyAutistic:

Finally, at last someone ‘gets it’!

I have read around the subject of Autism, especially since I was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome in January 2015. Even by that point, I had had enough of medical jargon, the assumptions, and various individuals forming ideas of who I was as a person. (Not always someone who was valued a lot; they were the sort who freaked on finding out the diagnosis, then being horrible.)

But this book is a reflection, really, of what I felt. Since then, I have wondered what my life would have been like if diagnosed early; some teacher were not necessarily the best help with or without it. I also think that I’d have been told less of what I can’t do; I was told that I can’t cook well, that I cannot do PE well enough to be considered ‘good’.
As an Autistic individual, I was happy to find this book. I am bored with the instruction manuals about how to be more neuro-typical, the books by parents writing about how hard it is to have an autistic child is. Laura has an interesting writers voice-one we need-and I hope to hear more from her.

What could have been better: 

I found the first chapter revealing, really.

At times I think the book can be a little be ‘fact heavy’-which is ironic, as I kind of live my life by facts. (To illustrate further; I can recite all Presidents since Herbert Hoover, what their party was, and if they were a Vice President.) However, this is a way to illustrate a point-which comes across as being very much a hallmark. Though I couldn’t always quite get my head round it, I wouldn’t have changed it at all.

To buy the book on Amazon, click here. Follow Laura on Twitter here.  And read my interview with her here. 

When I re-launched this Blog as a way to document having Aspergers Syndrome, I thought that I was all alone; who else writes in this niche? Beauty and Fashion blogs seem to be dominating the industry-and I never really felt ‘in line’ with them. Anyway, I have since found some fellow ‘aspie’ Bloggers; I thought I would share some posts.
Boxes & Swatches. * 
Getting diagnosed with ASD-Aspergers is no longer an official diagnosis, but it was what I was diagnosed with at the time-is hard. It’s difficult. And part of the reason for this is that “People can become lost in the system”-and that services now operate on lower budgets, etc. (That’s another subject for another post.) Anyway: “The Longest Journey I Ever Took” (click here to view) is a post I particularly identify with. I think this post pretty much spells out how difficult a diagnosis is to get. And it needs to be bought to a wider attention.
* I’m not sure if this blogger would like me to reveal their name or not; she hardly uses it in their posts. Therefore, for sake of discretion, I thought I wouldn’t for this post.
Rebekah Gillian: 
One question I get asked a lot is: “Why do you blog about your Aspergers?” Rebekah is also another Autism blogger; in this post (click here to view.) she writes about why she blogs about her disability online. I think it’s admirable, and that we need more ‘voices’ lie her online.
As this post says; Aspie Bloggers unite! I think we all need to band together more, and Mae this a more encompassing subject.
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