I’ve never been a 15 year old boy. I always enjoyed fiction. While literal-minded, I did not have as much trouble working out what people meant as the protagonist in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mike Haddon. I also could never be termed as “gifted”. At least, not after primary school.
Maybe I have as little proper reference to this than the non-autistic writer. Can I actually review a book based on its merits as a representation of Asperger’s if I never presented in the stereotyped way?
Because there must be (definitely are) kids like Christopher, the protagonist.
With my limited grasp of what it is to be another person, can I actually criticise the portrayal without seeming tone-deaf?
On page 46 now.