Buy It, Borrow It, or Bag It: Getting a Life with Asperger’s By Jesse Saperstein

Aspergers  If you are like me and have a child with Asperger’s syndrome, then the thought of sending them out into the world as an adult is a very frightening one. Although they are not incapacitated and are capable of holding down a job, getting from Point A to Point B and can live independently, Aspies always know that they walk a fine line between being fitting in and standing out on this planet we call Earth.

This is what I loved about Saperstein’s book. As an Aspie himself, he knows of what he speaks. He is not a doctor so he doesn’t feel compelled to use a lot of big words and he has actually been in the situations that he highlights rather than simply observing them. I highly recommend this book for any AS kid (and their parent) who are at this transitional phase of life. It’s real advice for real people.

Jesse tackles it all in this volume. From time wasters to surviving the world of online dating, navigating the challenges of college, understanding others, maintaining employment, and being a role model to the next generation, there is no stone left unturned in this book which is a rich and invaluable resource for those who have ever wondered “what it’s like.” Jesse writes exactly the way my son talks. This book is funny, poignant and informative. It will force you to look at the world in a different way. If you have an AS child in your life making the transition to adulthood, this is a must read. Run, do not walk to the book seller. Read it out loud if you have to but make them read it. Buy It, Buy It, Buy It.

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