At twenty-one, Suzie has withdrawn from a world she finds alien and confusing. Ability is not the problem, nor is interest – many things fascinate her. But, she has Asperger’s Syndrome and high anxiety. To her, the world is a harsh, scary place where she does not fit.
She spends much of her day sleeping and most of her nights on the computer. Her mother, Amanda, wishes Suzie would get a job, go to school or at least help out around the house. Suzie feels that her time is amply filled with the compelling world lurking within her computer.
Amanda has two full time jobs – one involves working at the office every day, the second involves looking after Suzie. Amanda wants more for Suze, but does not know how to help her move forward. When she tries putting pressure on her, Suzie suffers from paralyzing anxiety, resulting in morose withdrawal or worse, lengthy tantrums. Suzie is most content when alone in the basement with her computer. Staring at her monitor, the rest of the world falls away and she feels at home.
Amanda is torn. She met this gentleman, Jack. It would be nice to spend time with someone other than her brother and daughter but Suzie wouldn’t like it and she needs her mother desperately. Amanda’s brother asks uncomfortable questions like what will become of Suzie if something happens to Amanda.
Jack gently persists and Amanda glimpses what her life could be like. Suzie resents the time her mom spends with Jack and makes her mother pay for the hours not devoted to her daughter.
Then, they have a home invasion. When an intruder breaks into the house, Amanda has only Suzie to rely on.
There were so many things I love about this book…how autism in girls is so different than what you may think. That autistic girls can and do have great imaginations, such as Suzie’s interests in designing music and graphics. I’m also glad the author added in how early Suzie learned to talk and her wide vocabulary skills compared to her peers.
The author was spot on with the fears Suzie expressed to her uncle and how much faster they grow, as well as how much easier it is to just hide away. The world is so scary!
Overall, when you add this book into the rest of the series, it is a great and needed addition. I hope there are more books to come as I haven’t found authors who have done such a good job exploring, explaining and entertaining while teaching others without notice on a needed subject.
There are many books available on the subject of ASD, often clinical and academic, but how does it FEEL to parent a talented, intelligent daughter, who prefers her computer to people? How does it FEEL to be Suzie, a young woman diagnosed with Asperger’s? How does she live out her days? This book explores the anxieties in a young woman…
Targeted Age Group: Adults – parents and teachers
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