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Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's
Look Me in the Eye My Life with Asperger's
Author: John Elder Robison
Ever since he was small, John Robison had longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits -- an inclination to blurt out non sequitors, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes -- had earned him the label social deviant. No guidance came from his mother or his father. It was no wonder he...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780307395986
ISBN-10: 0307395987
Publication Date: 9/25/2007
Pages: 288
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 82 ratings
Publisher: Crown
Book Type: Hardcover
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lildrafire avatar reviewed Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's on + 117 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 20
Written by the brother of the guy who wrote "Running with Scissors," this book is highly entertaining while giving an inside look at Asperger's Syndrome, a slight form of autism. Robison is candid about his feelings, his dysfunctional family life, his time working with the band KISS--but through it all he tells the stories with a sense of humor. Highly recommended.
reviewed Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's on + 15 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 15
Very interesting book. I found some of it troubling, and some of it brilliant...certainly well written. As a adult now, I hope his sense of what is a "trick" on others has changed, his jokes were some scary stuff!
Well worth the time to read, hopefully leading to a better understanding of Aspergers.
SuzanneB avatar reviewed Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's on
Helpful Score: 3
Interesting memoir of an "Aspergian" who has had many adventures in his life. It helps to have read Augusten Burroughs' "Running With Scissors" first, since the two authors are brothers. There is some crossover content in the books. I was amused and enlightened. Those of us over 40 years of age will probably better relate to the pop culture references from the '70's and '80's. A fast and easy read.
reviewed Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's on + 173 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
John Robison is brother to Augusten Burroughs, of "running with scissors" fame. While he did not grow up in Dr. Finch's home, he was faced with his own unique challenges. He didn't have any social skills, he thought people should be petted and he just couldn't work within rules. His unique talents took him far and wide (even brushes with fame and fortune) and it was only when he realized he needed to be true to his "misfit" nature that he found success and happiness. Not truly an account of "Aspergers" or autism, it is more the story of how a real human being discovers that what makes him unique also makes him "him". The flow of the book is a bit uneven and the writer's voice seems to change from chapter to chapter, but it is not enough to disrupt your interest in his journey.
kayprime avatar reviewed Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's on + 38 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I was expecting this book to focus more on Robison's struggles with Asperger's when in fact it is more of a recounting of his life with Asperger's as an aside. The man has certainly had some interesting life experiences but I didn't pick up this book to hear about his days creating special effects and pyrotechnics for KISS. The too few times that he does discuss his autistic behavior are very limited but insightful.

His social ineptness is noticeable throughout several sections of the book where he comes off as arrogant or rude. For example, in the chapter about his wife he wonders if he got the best of the three sisters and doesn't understand why people take offense to this ponderence, comparing it to wanting the best car on the lot.

I appreciate his conversational tone but his actual writing skills are fundamental making for a fairly monotonous read. I would only recommend this book to his fellow Aspergians or anyone actually interested in his time with KISS or Pink Floyd. For everyone else, you're not missing much by passing on this one.
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