March 20, 2020

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Alisha
Alisha
3 months ago

Excited to start reading!

laura
laura
3 months ago
Reply to  Alisha

Me too!

Alyssa Joy Laree Pinkerton
Alyssa Joy Laree Pinkerton
3 months ago
Reply to  Alisha

Yes!!

Melissa M
Melissa M
3 months ago
Reply to  Alisha

I am enjoying immensely and gaining so much insight and appreciation for the condition. My nephew is on the spectrum, if that’s the correct way to reference it. One also appreciatimy what he may have and is still exp eriencing at 30. It’s fascinating to see how his particular strengths and gifts have.developed over ti me and the word that some may use, handicapped, is not how we think of him or others who are similar.

Kira Wolf
Kira Wolf
3 months ago

This is a great book idea.

Lucy
Lucy
3 months ago
Reply to  Kira Wolf

Yes the best book I have read in probably a year or so.

Isahia Lopez
Isahia Lopez
3 months ago

It was a good book with many funny points of view. I couldn’t stop laughing because I am on the autistic spectrum too

Kerissa
Kerissa
3 months ago
Reply to  Isahia Lopez

I agree, this book did have some very funny moments. My brother is autistic, so I was already familiar with the majority of the “content” but I really enjoyed hearing the authors life story so far. I am looking forward to a “part 2” someday or maybe seeing one of his comedy shows!

Amy
Amy
3 months ago

This bibliography reminds me of several novels by Dr. Lisa Genova who is a neuroscientist and active speaker on neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s Disease. The difference is that this story is narrated from the first-person perspective render this a touching and vivid experience-sharing adventure as an autistic individual. Michael shows how he fights with this disorder from infant to the day he becomes a joyful comedian. It is a pleasure to read this with his humourous and hilarious prose. There are also some key facts and wisdom he acquired along his journey which I found very interesting… Read more »

LJ Weber
LJ Weber
3 months ago
Reply to  Amy

????

Janet
Janet
3 months ago
Reply to  Amy

I love Dr. Lisa Genova’s books! Even though Michael’s narration was heartwarming and enlightening, I think I still enjoy Dr Genova’s novels more, simply for the fact that I found them more thought-provoking and better paced :’)

Janet Sullivan
Janet Sullivan
2 months ago
Reply to  Janet

I also enjoy Lisa Genova’s books; but I feel that ‘s like comparing apples and oranges. Dr. Genova writes novels from her perspective and expertise as a neuroscientist while this book is personal. It is a first person account of his own experiences. I would totally recommend that readers who are interested in learning more about autism also read “Love Anthony” but both books are very good reads.

path1297
path1297
2 months ago
Reply to  Amy

“Love Anthony” is her book about autism & was escellent. “Still Alice” is probably one of her best known books as it was made into a very good movie.

Tatiana
Tatiana
3 months ago

Most eager to start reading this book!

Nan
Nan
3 months ago

So grateful to stumble on this as our individual worlds have become much smaller these last few weeks. To all who are reading this book, looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

Shaundell
Shaundell
3 months ago

I can hardly wait to read this book!

Susan Moenkhaus
Susan Moenkhaus
3 months ago

I found this book to be an easy, accessible read, which led me to reread and savor several passages.

Jenny C
Jenny C
3 months ago

I loved the positivity he used in a “God bless The Broken Road” style. While he describes hardships he is simultaneously describing how they led to his next steps and adventures.

Alison McCorry
Alison McCorry
3 months ago
Reply to  Jenny C

So true

Connie Tolman
Connie Tolman
3 months ago

I live with one and trouble figuring out what species he is. Could use a mentor

Max
Max
3 months ago

This will be fun.

Jean
Jean
3 months ago

Well I liked the beginning best where he describes the different responses he had as a person on the spectrum and contrasts his with what the average response would be. It was particularly interesting to read that he just liked to repeat lines from films and did not connect his responses to anything said before. I read Ron Suskind’s book,” Life, animated : a story of sidekicks, heroes and autism”, about how he was able to communicate with his autistic son initially only through Disney characters. That of course, is written by a parent and a well known journalist, but… Read more »

Ara
Ara
3 months ago
Reply to  Jean

I’m thinking that is is a great example of showing how we as people need to be supportive and open when meeting something we consider unusual. Knowing people who have not been as supportive of their austistic relations as Michael was lucky enough to have. Makes me wonder how different their lives would have been if they were surrounded by people who were emotionally sympathetic and encouraging.

Rose
Rose
3 months ago

I’m new at reading but I’m excited to learn

Carina Krippner
Carina Krippner
3 months ago
Reply to  Rose

I’m listening to the audio book and it is fabulous!

Ellen
Ellen
3 months ago

I really enjoyed the book. I felt like he was talking directly to me about
his life growing up having to deal with bullying, and also his being able to find friends. He was lucky that he was outgoing, I think it helped him to accomplish the things that he achieved. His parent’s I feel had a lot to do with his successes.

DDuea
DDuea
3 months ago
Reply to  Ellen

I agree, Ellen. His parents were advocates and cheerleaders, but not to the point of stifling his growth.

Allie
Allie
3 months ago

I’m so excited to start the book!!

Sophie
Sophie
3 months ago
Reply to  Allie

Me to!! I just started it today!

LJ Weber
LJ Weber
3 months ago
Reply to  Sophie

Same! I finished the book in two hours straight!!!!!!! Best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!💕💖💗💙💚💛💜💝💕💖💗💙💚💛💜💝💕💖💗💙💚💛💜💝💕💖💗💙💚💛💜💝💕💖💗💙💚💛💜💝💕💖💗💙💚💛💜💝💕💖💗💙💚💛💜💝💕💖💗💙💚💛💜💝

L-bird
L-bird
3 months ago

This was a fun read! It taught me more about autism and made me laugh. Highly recommend!

Deborah
Deborah
3 months ago
Reply to  L-bird

I agree! I learned a lot about autism and it was a fun and easy read. I’m looking forward to see what we are reading next!

Lucy
Lucy
3 months ago

I am only half way through the book and it has already brought me to 😢!!

Lucy
Lucy
3 months ago
Reply to  Lucy

It is such a real feel book it is great and I love how he is expressing how he is feeling and how he loves the stage and I just really love the book!😍

Lucy
Lucy
3 months ago

This just makes me want to yell at the people who made fun of him: What the Hell are you going through that makes you want to be mean to him!!!! Honestly I don’t know any book I have loved more! Plus I am autistic to.

LJ Weber
LJ Weber
3 months ago

So I just started reading this book and it has so far brought me to laughter and tears of happiness and saddness!

Petra Schatz
Petra Schatz
3 months ago

I just started and my twelve-year-old twins are reading it too, so far everyone is enjoying the unique perspective and the humor.

LJ Weber
LJ Weber
3 months ago
Reply to  Petra Schatz

No it is not but beware of the cuss words.

LJ Weber
LJ Weber
3 months ago
Reply to  LJ Weber

There is: (contains cuss words):

Angela
Angela
3 months ago
Reply to  LJ Weber

Please remove this rude and inappropriate language!

Jean Esplin
Jean Esplin
3 months ago
Reply to  LJ Weber

A secret from someone who has worked in schools. Your kids not only know those words, they use them when they think adults aren’t in earshot. The bigger of a fuss you make of them, the more likely the kids are going to see it as a fun little rebellion.

Lisa
Lisa
3 months ago

This is not my normal genre to read, but it was well written and amusing. It was an interesting and lighthearted look at living with ASD. I didn’t like it as well as others here, but I can’t say why. It may just be that I don’t like autobiographies in general. I think the pace is slower than many other genres

Rachel
Rachel
3 months ago
Reply to  Lisa

I agree with you Lisa. Great book and story and I’m glad that others loved it so much. It’s certainly a great story, very uplifting and does make you laugh. The perspective is from a youthful lens, 22 y/o, so the energy is relatable to a younger audience. I still enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.

kylie
kylie
3 months ago

This book is great! Just started reading, and it means a lot because 2 of my brothers are severely autistic. Looking forward to it!

LJ Weber
LJ Weber
3 months ago

Best. Book. Ever.

LJ Weber
LJ Weber
3 months ago

I got goose bumps when I heard the F-Word.

Sophie
Sophie
3 months ago
Reply to  LJ Weber

That is disappointing that he used Language!😕

Carina Krippner
Carina Krippner
3 months ago
Reply to  Sophie

I teach in middle school and he is speaking very clean for that grade. The very few cuss words are forgivable.

Stephanie
Stephanie
2 months ago

I don’t even remember reading any cuss words. It’s pretty clear that he has a very positive message to share. That’s probably what I was focusing on.

Name*
Name*
2 months ago
Reply to  LJ Weber

I was thinking about reading the book, but thanks to this comment I’m not going to.😐

SarahG
SarahG
3 months ago

I’ve learnt lots about ASD and not stopped laughing and I’m not even half way through.

Lynell
Lynell
3 months ago

I just finished the book. Wonderful memoir. Yes, the author is young, but I felt that he was well-informed. He openly shared both his mistakes and triumphs–and what he’d learned so far from his experiences. I enjoyed the writing and the insights very much. Good source of information, but the author was still able to personalize the factual data. I liked that he didn’t stereotype or generalize personalities or behaviors. The book was touching yet lightly humorous. I was also motivated to research the subject of Autism to find out more because, like many, ASD has left its mark on… Read more »

Anahi Ruvalcaba
Anahi Ruvalcaba
3 months ago
Reply to  Lynell

I agree with you so much. I don’t read a lot of memoirs but this one was a quick read and enjoyable. I liked that he didn’t make ASD seem like his enemy but embraced being on the spectrum.

LJ Weber
LJ Weber
3 months ago

WTF. OMW. (What the F#ck. Oh My Word.)

LJ Weber
LJ Weber
3 months ago

I sympathise for Michael and his disorders I honestly get what he is going through minis the part where he is an adult since I am only 15. I want to be a comedian too except I want to tell jokes about animals, because I am going to be a wild life conservative. He is amazing, he shows us how power through words. He is an amazing role model for autistic children and maybe even adults, (except maybe for the cuss words, lol!) I love how he is expressing how he feels at that moment. It makes me feel like… Read more »

Sophie
Sophie
3 months ago
Reply to  LJ Weber

That is really cool that you went to be a Comedian! You should follow your dreams!

Carina Krippner
Carina Krippner
3 months ago
Reply to  LJ Weber

I’m glad you read this book and good luck on following your dreams!

LJ Weber
LJ Weber
3 months ago

Oh my Goodness I can’t even right now.

Nicola
Nicola
3 months ago

A lovely book; humour and honesty and a really good insight into ASD.

Cindy Cindy
Cindy Cindy
3 months ago

Excellent simple writing style that makes reader keep reading about author & his experience growing up with people who do not understand him, including psychologists/psychiatrists!

Elisabeth
Elisabeth
3 months ago

I knew he was Canadian before he said it. In the preface he says “getting a diagnosis is the only way to know.” My insurance (the only insurance I have access to) does not cover this type of diagnostic specialist but I’m glad that he is fortunate enough to live in a country with this type of access and fortunate to have a loving and supportive family. To the person in the beginning of the book who questioned his diagnosis as well as wondering how he was so well adjusted, this is why. Unfortunately it’s not the majority of Autism… Read more »

Grace A
Grace A
3 months ago
Reply to  Elisabeth

I relate to that so much and I wholeheartedly agree. I was not diagnosed with Aspergers until I was 14 and by then I had severe depression and anxiety. Plus getting a diagnostic specialist cost a lot of money because there was nobody who took our insurance. Honestly health insurance in the USA is really messed up.

Elias Pacheco
Elias Pacheco
3 months ago

😘😘😘😘😘😍😍😍😍💕💕💕💕💕💗💖💗💖💗💙💚💛💜💝💞💕💖💗💙💚💛

Elias Pacheco
Elias Pacheco
3 months ago

I loved this book.

LJ Weber
LJ Weber
3 months ago
Reply to  Elias Pacheco

Omg! Lol! I know right!!! BBE! Best. Book. Ever!!!!!

Mia
Mia
3 months ago

Very excited! I think it will be fun

Mia
Mia
3 months ago

I think it will be funny

Peggy Davidson
Peggy Davidson
3 months ago

I enjoyed the book immensely. For me, it reinforced the fact that we, as humans, all struggle to make our lives our own and find our own way. Michael’s ability to learn and grow from events that were specific to his situation gave me pause – he is a remarkable young man and his parents must be proud.

Bria
Bria
3 months ago

This was a great introduction to autism and as a mentally disabled person (it comes and goes, fibromyalgia and the ‘fog’) I identified with a lot of it and was amazed at how he got out of his own head and was able to explain it to people.

Kerry Wilhite
Kerry Wilhite
3 months ago

Very interesting. I don’t know much about Autism, but I sure know more now after reading this book. I see shades of Sheldon from Big, Bang Theory. So sad to read that is brother passed. But I am glad they reconnected.

Penny B
Penny B
3 months ago
Reply to  Kerry Wilhite

I saw some Sheldon too!!!

Sophie Webb
Sophie Webb
3 months ago

This book is definitely educational for me because my stepbrother of about 6 years has autism while I have gotten better at understanding him this book has helped me understand what he is going and what challenges he faces.

Deanna
Deanna
3 months ago

This is a great, informative and entertaining book.

Patricia Windle
Patricia Windle
3 months ago

I thoroughly enjoyed this read; it was easy to read, fast-paced, funny and thoughtfully written. I’ve worked with children with ASD and I really appreciated all the representations of how diversely ASD presents in different people, even within the same family.

Emma
Emma
3 months ago

Loved this book!!! Amazing and hilarious insight into life with ASD. SPOILER!! poor matty!!! I cried during the epilogue. Maybe partially because it’s 2am but that’s okay…😢😢😢😢😱😰😥

Emma
Emma
3 months ago
Reply to  Emma

Oh and I also have a concussion so crying is common but ya know I’m just too emotional…

Catherine
Catherine
3 months ago

Just starting this book, looking forward to a great read!

Catherine
Catherine
3 months ago

Just got the book excited to start reading!

Rustina
Rustina
3 months ago

I really enjoyed this book . Helped me understand how my son and nephew view the world.

Daniel
Daniel
3 months ago

I picked up the audiobook version which is narrated by the author, who is a comedian. It was a fun listen because the jokes he makes in the book are delivered exactly how he intended, in his own voice. Beyond the comedic value, it also offers a ton of valuable insight into how to treat and relate to our friends on the spectrum and is an educative read regardless of whether you are on the spectrum or not. This isn’t a book I would usually have read if I had not glanced upon it featured on Big Library Read. However… Read more »

LJ M
LJ M
3 months ago
Reply to  Daniel

Reading through the book, I was wondering if the audiobook would capture his style of telling jokes. I’ll have to look for that version now!

Sophie
Sophie
3 months ago
Reply to  LJ M

It really did catch how he was trying to stay stuff! I thank you will like the audiobook!:-)

Fannie
Fannie
3 months ago
Reply to  LJ M

I always try to listen to audio book version of books written by comedians. Shows more of their personality. Good, entertaining book.

Jen
Jen
3 months ago
Reply to  LJ M

Audio is great…more authentic to hear author’s voice.

Sophie
Sophie
3 months ago
Reply to  Daniel

That is how I found out about the book to! is because I saw it on Big Library Read when I was looking for other books to read ( listen to;)

Mick
Mick
3 months ago
Reply to  Daniel

I saw this on my libraries home page. I could relate to some of the experiences because as a child I was also bullied for what today I see where I had weird behaviors. I recommended it to my children as well.

Marian
Marian
3 months ago

Very interesting read. Learning about living on the spectrum from someone with autism makes you think more about your interactions with others.

Karin
Karin
3 months ago

I think the parts of this novel that I could relate most to was the part about the bullying, and how the most effective strategy was to make the bullies see the objects of their bullying as people. The Epilogue felt like quite the punch in the gut, and didn’t leave a lot of room to stomach that event before the end of the book, but considering how recent it is, that seems very understandable. Overall, I found the book a quick and enjoyable read, and it did give me a better insight into the lives of people with an… Read more »

Joe
Joe
3 months ago
Reply to  Karin

I especially agree with the sensation you describe at the end of the book, it very much was a “punch to the gut”. While “novel” is often thought as a convenient synonym for any type of book, I’ve learned that the word “novel” refers specifically to fiction. Unless this was intended as a subtle critical remark on the believability (or lack thereof) of the work, your use of the term could insult the author unintentionally. One does not get the impression that was your goal as the rest of your remarks were complimentary. Otherwise, spot on!

Alex
Alex
3 months ago

It was the best book I have ever read!

Jim Kurchak
Jim Kurchak
3 months ago

An overall good book that I enjoyed, with an ending I never expected and brought tears to my eyes.

Fannie
Fannie
3 months ago
Reply to  Jim Kurchak

So sad his brother passed.

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