This book’s audience is teen girls who identify as autistic. It begins with a foreword by Temple Grandin, a very successful and smart professor who is well known for her work on animal welfare. She is also autistic. Being endorsed by Ms. Grandin was an impressive beginning to this excellent resource by Siena Castellon. Siena, herself, is on the spectrum and is a teenager; as a result she is a good guide to the issues that her audience may face. Siena is also a role model as she is quite accomplished, open and honest as she talks to (not down) her readers.
The book itself is so comprehensive. It can be read as written or can be browsed through. The table of contents is clear and a good guide to what can be found where in the text. Another plus in this title is the addition of cartoon illustrations to further enhance the text.
I highly recommend this book not only as a resource for the teenage girls who are its audience but also for anyone who wants/needs to better understand those who have autism. It can help family members, friends, teachers and others to interact better with those who have been diagnosed. It could also be used as a tool for mental health professionals who want to better understand their clients who are on the spectrum.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this practical and informative title. All opinions are my own.