I've just finished reading this book from the library. Here's what it says on the back cover:-
"From the age of three or four years old, John Elder Robison realised that he was different from other people.
Unable to make eye contact or connect with other children, by the time John was a teenager his odd habits and eccentric pranks had earned him the label "social deviant". It didn't help that his mother conversed with light fixtures and his father spent most evenings nursing a bottle of sherry.
Look Me in the Eye is John's remarkable story of growing up with Asperger's syndrome at a time when the diagnosis simply didn't exist. From a dysfuncional childhood, to his years touring with rocks bands as a sound engineer, to then settling down with his wife and child, this book is a rare fusion on inspiration, dark comedy and insight into the workings of the human mind."
I found this a really positive read. Many of the things he described from his early childhood I could recognise in Joe. Also, as an adult he has been able to explain the reasons why he behaved in a certain way, such as not being able to make eye contact, and it really has given me a better insight into why Joe might have those same behaviours. Also, despite the fact that he dropped out of school without any qualifications, he went on to build up his own successful business and got married and had kids. Reading about that has given me even more optimism that Joe will be ok.
Even if you are not affected by Asperger's I would recommend this book as it was extremely well written and I think it could really help raise awareness about the condition.
Have a great weekend!