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Alisha
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Alisha

Excited to start reading!

laura
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laura

Me too!

Alyssa Joy Laree Pinkerton
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Alyssa Joy Laree Pinkerton

Yes!!

Melissa M
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Melissa M

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
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Kira Wolf

This is a great book idea.

Lucy
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Lucy

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

Isahia Lopez
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Isahia Lopez

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
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Kerissa

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
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Amy

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
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LJ Weber

????

Janet
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Janet

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 :’)

Tatiana
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Tatiana

Most eager to start reading this book!

Nan
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Nan

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
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Shaundell

I can hardly wait to read this book!

Susan Moenkhaus
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Susan Moenkhaus

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

Jenny C
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Jenny C

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
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Alison McCorry

So true

Connie Tolman
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Connie Tolman

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

Max
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Max

This will be fun.

Jean
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Jean

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
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Ara

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
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Rose

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

Carina Krippner
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Carina Krippner

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

Ellen
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Ellen

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
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DDuea

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

Allie
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Allie

I’m so excited to start the book!!

Sophie
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Sophie

Me to!! I just started it today!

LJ Weber
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LJ Weber

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

L-bird
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L-bird

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

Deborah
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Deborah

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
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Lucy

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

Lucy
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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
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Lucy

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
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LJ Weber

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

Petra Schatz
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Petra Schatz

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
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LJ Weber

No it is not but beware of the cuss words.

LJ Weber
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LJ Weber

There is: (contains cuss words):

Angela
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Angela

Please remove this rude and inappropriate language!

Jean Esplin
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Jean Esplin

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
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Lisa

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
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Rachel

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
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kylie

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
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LJ Weber

Best. Book. Ever.

LJ Weber
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LJ Weber

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

Sophie
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Sophie

That is disappointing that he used Language!😕

Carina Krippner
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Carina Krippner

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

SarahG
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SarahG

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

Lynell
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Lynell

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
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Anahi Ruvalcaba

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
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LJ Weber

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

LJ Weber
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LJ Weber

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
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Sophie

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

Carina Krippner
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Carina Krippner

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

Nicola
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Nicola

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

Cindy Cindy
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Cindy Cindy

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
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Elisabeth

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
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Grace A

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
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Elias Pacheco

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Elias Pacheco
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Elias Pacheco

I loved this book.

LJ Weber
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LJ Weber

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

Mia
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Mia

Very excited! I think it will be fun

Mia
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Mia

I think it will be funny

Peggy Davidson
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Peggy Davidson

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
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Bria

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
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Kerry Wilhite

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
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Penny B

I saw some Sheldon too!!!

Sophie Webb
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Sophie Webb

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
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Deanna

This is a great, informative and entertaining book.

Patricia Windle
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Patricia Windle

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
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Emma

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
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Emma

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

Catherine
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Catherine

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

Catherine
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Catherine

Just got the book excited to start reading!

Rustina
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Rustina

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

Daniel
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Daniel

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
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LJ M

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
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Sophie

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

Fannie
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Fannie

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

Jen
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Jen

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

Sophie
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Sophie

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
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Mick

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
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Marian

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

Karin
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Karin

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
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Joe

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
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Alex

It was the best book I have ever read!

Jim Kurchak
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Jim Kurchak

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

Fannie
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Fannie

So sad his brother passed.

Emma Harrower
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Emma Harrower

I am loving reading this book. As a woman that was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, I can relate to the stories that he tells. I have been ostracized my entire life, even though I was only diagnosed when I was 30. I felt like I was a part of his circle in the childhood phase. I felt like I was given the first ‘tutorial’ on our modern society works (eg. What is money; Why do we have money) when I took Sociology 101 in university. Michael talks a lot and I write a lot. I am looking forward to… Read more »