Thursday, July 9, 2009

Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Characters: 17/20
Plot: 17/20
Originality: 20/20
Writing: 16/20
Recommendation: 17/20
Overall: 87/100 or B
Jason Blake has autistic spectrum disorder. He has daily and lifelong struggles to exist in a normal world. The only place that he feels himself is online on Storyboard, , where he post the many short stories that he wrote. It is there that he meets Rebecca. Though they have a common interest in writing, Jason worries about the consequences, if they ever meet in person. Jason also feels that if he doesn't meet Rebecca, there is no chance of a real relationship. But when Jason's parents surprise him with a trip to the Storyboard national conference and when he finds out that Rebecca will also be attending, Jason is terrified. How will Rebecca feel about him when she meets him, when she learns that behind those lovely words on her computer screen is a very different boy from the one she might have imagined?
The look at autism was both interesting and realistic. It was very original and eye opening book. Jason's worry about fitting in was well expressed and very relatable. Jason's friendship with Rebecca was sweet and cute. Anything by Typical is a one of a kind book and worth definitely worth reading.


  1. Thanks for sharing. This sounds like an interesting book :o)

  2. I'm so curious as to what happens. I'll have to go get myself a copy to find out =) I really like the cover too! Thanks for the great review.

  3. that cover looks awesome! great review


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