Liane Kupferberg Carter, autism advocate, blogger and author of 'Ketchup is My Favorite Vegetable: A Family Grows Up with Autism'
Trying to pass for "normal" is exhausting, Dylan Emmons recalls in this appealing coming of age memoir. Candid and humorous, he offers an instructive look at what it's like to grow up with Asperger's, trying to live in two worlds and never feeling fully at home in either. Ultimately, writing becomes his bridge, as he learns to stop wanting to be someone he isn't, and embrace who he is. Readers will be rooting for him long after they turn the last page.
Brenda Dater, MPH, MSW, author of 'Parenting without Panic' and Director of Child and Teen Services at the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE)
Dylan Emmons is a knowledgeable guide to help us better understand what it's like to live in two worlds. My favorite takeaway is that he is comfortable with who he is and isn't trying to be someone he isn't. As parents, that's the best gift we can give our children: self-understanding and self-acceptance.
Davida Hartman, Senior Educational Psychologist and author of 'The Growing Up Book for Boys' and 'The Growing Up Book for Girls'
In this gem of a book, Dylan Emmons gives readers a wonderful insight into what it is like to grow up on the autism spectrum. Through learning about his diagnosis and his journey through school, this is most of all a human story written by a clearly extraordinary person and excellent writer. If you were under the misconception that children on the spectrum do not experience a rich emotional life, experience empathy or long for friendships, read this book and wonder at just how much is felt, observed, understood and can be achieved.