Saturday, January 20, 2024

Review - A Different Kind of Normal

Title:   A Different Kind of Normal
Author:  Abigail Balfe
Publisher:  Crown Books for Young Readers
Genre:   Memoir; Middle Grade
Format:  Illustrated ebook
No. of Pages:   240
Date of Publication:   October 4, 2022
My Rating:   5 Stars     


In this joyfully illustrated memoir, author-illustrator Abigail Balfe recounts her journey growing up autistic and the challenges of navigating the normal world around her.

Hi! My name is Abigail, and I'm autistic. But I didn't know I was autistic until I was (kind of) an adult. This is my true story of growing up in the confusing normal world, all the while missing some Very Important Information about myself.

There'll be scary moments involving toilets and crowded trains, heartwarming tales of cats and pianos, and funny memories including my dad and a mysterious tub of ice cream. Along the way, you'll also find some Very Crucial Information about autism.

Important, funny, and completely unique, this book is for anyone who has ever felt different.

Abigail Balfe is unique. After years of being different. Feeling different. And acting different. The diagnosis of autism clicked a lot of things into place for her. In this beautifully written and illustrated, memoir, targeted towards a younger audience, Abi recounts dozens of her experiences from youth on up, with her own illustrations that further describe how she herself lives with this diagnosis. 

Being different is perfectly fine. Uniqueness is indeed a gift. Abi shares her gift with readers of her debut novel. Illustrations, footnotes, and personal experiences all work together to create a lovely story that anybody reading will find both beneficial and enjoyable.

Many thanks to Crown Books for Young Readers and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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