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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2005

    Falls short of its potential

    I sought this book out because it was by and for an adult with Aspergers. I was a bit disappointed with it in several ways. First, I was surprised to read that the author has not been formally diagnosed with AS, although she admits that fact in an early disclaimer. This becomes more of an issue as Ms. Willey asserts that her AS traits are 'melting away' with age, a possibility that is as unprecendented as it is unbelievable from her own narrative. There are other facts that emerge in this autobiography that don't exactly fit the AS picture. For example, Ms. Willey readily admits shortcomings in math and spelling. But the typical person with AS has a fascination with numbers, and often a photographic memory. This makes me wonder if Ms. Willey does in fact have Aspergers syndrome, rather than another similar condition. There were parts of the author's life story that came tantalizingly close to important revelations, but never went the extra step to realization. Still, her story held my interest enough to complete it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2000

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for writing this book!

    This book was sent to me straight from God! My nine year old son was recently diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome by a neurologist. He recently had his first appointment with a psychiatrist however his prognosis for my son was bleak and left me in total despair. He said that my son would never be able to live alone, or have a rewarding career. I was devastated but vowed to fight this prognosis and also NEVER to see this doctor again. Ms. Willey is proof-positive that my child may be able to have a rewarding life. You don't know how much inspiration that you have given to me. Thank you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2000

    A touching and informative story.

    This is a truly touching, insightful, and informative narrative. The writing is also exceptional--it could only have been produced by someone with Asperger's syndrome.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2009

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    A Great Read For Those With Asperger's Syndrome & Their Loved Ones

    What a great title? Pretending to be normal is the exact description of the lives of many with Asperger's Syndrome. Pretending to be normal and never really being true to themselves. This book offers a better way to live one's life. Not just for those suffering from Asperger's Syndrome, this book helps their loved ones better understand the complexities of their Asperger's loved ones.

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    Posted February 14, 2009

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