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Funny, You Don't Look Autistic: A Comedian's Guide to Life on the Spectrum Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-04-10 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1773212575
LANGUAGE:English

" This book is an honest look at what living with autism is like, good and bad. I work with autistic students and found this to be a great read and I learned more about my students’ struggles. I think everyone should read this to better understand the struggles those with autism face. " said.

" This book was both funny and educational. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to have a better understanding of autism but also doesn't want to read a super serious book about it. " said.

"@kidlitexchange #partners Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.

Thank you @annick_press for sharing this copy of Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic, set to release 3/12/19.

This is Michael McCreary’s autobiography of living life on the autism spectrum...but with a comedic edge. From his diagnosis as a young child to his first stand-up shows, this 22-year-old gives a lot of insight to being an Aspie, often debunking the stereotypes. He also provides several factual insets that show how an Apsie differs from neurotypical people.



Great nonfiction book to give readers an insight into the life of someone living and thriving with autism.

#kidlitexchange #plazamiddlereads #books4midkids #bookstagram ............ On its way to you, @hermionesreviews
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"I always love reading about autism and it was nice to read a book from an adult with Autism. As the author is trying to make a point of, Autism looks different for different people. He actually has an autistic brother too and while his brother is non verbal and can’t live on his own, Michael is able to function mostly on his own and has a job as a stand-up comic.

While sharing stories from his childhood and teenage years, he shows us who he is, other than someone with Autism. This is Teen Nonfiction and so is made for ages 12+ in mind. I definitely agree with the age. I was a bit shocked though to find the F-word once in the book. I don’t think that should be in a book for teens but at least it was only once. There is also an adult joke but it’s okay because if the teen understands it, they’ll find it funny and if they don’t understand it, they aren’t hearing anything inappropriate.

I think it’s a great book for anyone who wants to know more about Autism or being a comic (or both!) The book is both informative about Autism and just funny stories of life.
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" Thank you Annick Press for providing me with an ARC. You can read the full review and more at lucieninthestars.com

The way this book is written is exactly the way Michael talks. He has a very specific way of speaking that just wraps you up in whatever story he is telling you and is more than capable of making you laugh. The chapters are episodic glimpses of his life and experiences regarding solving the puzzle that is telling the difference when someone is being mean or actually telling a joke, or even dealing with being a performer in general. Broken up by colourful “soundbite” quotes and little charts or descriptions about stereotypes or helpful tips for others who have ASD, the book almost feels like a magazine article/interview rather than a book which not only feels like the better way to visualize the narrative, but is also very much Michael. As someone who – although not neurotypical – does not have Autism, I found this to be rather insightful about something I am not ashamed to admit I don’t know very much about.

This book will be available in early 2019 and I really hope that people, whether autistic or not, pick up this book. I feel it could be a very useful tool for parents, teachers, or even children to understand ASD whether they have been diagnosed themselves or have friends/family/classmates who have been diagnosed.

You can also request this book on NetGalley!
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"Thank you to the #kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Funny, you don’t look Autistic was a quick read for me because it combined some of my favorite things about books into one story: humor, life stories, and learning something new. Reading this book felt like having a conversation with the author. The tone is light hearted, genuine, and humorous. Throughout the book, Michael McCreary shares his experiences of living with autism. I love that this book is nonfiction and when added to my library will be representation written by someone experiencing it first hand. I finished this book with two big takeaways. 1) Awkwardness and struggle are universal. We all just handle it in different ways. While laughing through McCreary’s middle school and high school anecdotes, I could see myself in a lot of those situations. As human beings, we really are more similar than we are different. 2) Our world focuses more on autism as a problem and how we can fix it rather than celebrating the uniqueness and different perspective that comes from those living with autism. If we are so fixated on changing and avoiding this problem, we miss out on an opportunity to connect, empathize, and understand. Reading a book like Funny, You don’t look Autistic is not only entertaining, but it provides you with one of those opportunities to learn and understand. This is a must add for older middle school and high school readers. " said.

"Thanks to @annick_press for the free book to review and share with @kidlitexchange.
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 for FUNNY, YOU DON’T LOOK AUTISTIC by #michaelmccreary, an #ownvoices memoir of growing up on the spectrum. I loved this book and read it in one sitting. It’s honest, funny and helped me see inside the mind of someone with autism. Someone close in my life has ASD and it means so much to me to be able to read this account and better understand what he might be experiencing in terms of sensory overload, social miscommunications, etc. As an ally, I found this book really informative; swipe to see some sections I especially liked (I spend a lot of time getting dumped with info on various topics). I imagine this will be a useful text for students who have ASD, as well; McCreary has navigated moving out of his parents’ home, getting his first job and more.
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McCreary writes candidly about the challenges he has faced as a child and now young adult with autism, what it’s like to be him and he’s learned. He explains that in no way is his account representative of all autistic people, reminding readers that “if you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” .
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My only criticism is that there are two instances where McCreary swears unnecessarily. I also think he forgot to define “Aspie,” although it is used extensively in the book (I am guessing he was originally diagnosed with #Aspergers, but now he considers himself to have ASD since the DSM-V doesn’t distinguish between ASD and Asperger’s anymore. Perhaps this will be cleared up before publication. .
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All this said, I highly recommend this book for all middle school and high school libraries. I have a couple of other books that address life on the spectrum, but none in such an accessible manner.
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"**I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Michael McCreary's memoir about growing up while navigating both the usual growing pains of youth and adolescence and the added difficulties related to his autism is done with heart and humor. In my job I have worked with children from preK though high school who have diagnoses of autism and I could see aspects of many of those students in Michael and his friends. As a school psycholgoist I also appreciated when Michael reminded the readers that they may see some parallels with their own quirks and behaviors, but that did not necessarily mean they have autism. Even the diagnostic criteria in the DSM-V is worded so broadly it could apply to just about anyone, so this reminder to think about the level to which those behaviors impair their life and to seek out a professional opinion is important.

His honesty about not necessarily wanting to be "insprirational" just because he is autistic was a good reminder of how often we do that to people with any kind of disability (the show Speechless did a great episode about this topic).

My favorite chapter was the one about Temple Grandin - his interactions with her were funny and an example of how it is not always a terrible thing to meet our heroes. My second favorite part was when he was comparing what someone says with what they mean, especially the "No offense..." part - I did once have to talk with a student about how just because she started a sentence with "No offense" didn't mean what she was about to say wasn't offensive or rude.

As with all memoirs you have to keep in mind that you are only getting one side of the story and it would be interesting to see if the people he had negative experiences with in school have a different take on the events in the book and/or how they view their actions now as adults. Children can be cruel without even realizing they are doing it (partly from a lack of social skills and empathy themselves). I would also be interested in reading a book from the perspectives of his parents and older brother.

I think there is something for everyone in this book. For adults (parents and teachers) there is insight into what goes on between children and teens when they are not around which they can use to help prepare children and students for situations they may encounter. For neurotypical teens and young adults there is an explanation of why someone with autism may do some of the things they do and say some of the things they say (and will hopefully lead to more empathy and understanding on their part). For other people with autism there is the reminder that they are not alone in their experiences.

My only caution for this book is that (as Michael explains early on) this is the experience of one person with autism and cannot necessarily be applied to all people with autism. And although he was able to overcome a lot of obstacles and pursue his dream career does not mean that others with the same diagnosis will be able to as well. Michael and many of the representations in popular culture he mentions are people who would be considered to be on the higher funcitioning/less severe end of the spectrum, but there are many on the other end of the spectrum that are not able to write their own story and are not represented on tv shows or in movies.
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