It's Not a Perfect World but I'll Take It: 50 Life Lessons for Teens Like Me -- Who are Kind of (You know) Autistic
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"It's Not a Perfect World But I'll Take It: 50 Life Lessons for Teens Like Me -- Who Are Kind of (You Know) Autistic" By Jennifer Rose
(Skyhorse Publishing, 116 pp, $12.99)
Jennifer Rose is a promising writer with a great eye and a keen sense of humor. She is not, though, simply a promising autistic writer with a great eye and a keen sense of humor.
Rose, of Morristown, has written this slim book of life lessons in the form of short essays. The essays are fine, albeit a tad repetitive. The repetition is the book's main problem, but the most obvious flaw is a 23-word title. It's ungainly and smacks of a certain cynicism on the publisher's part: Are they fearful people with autism and those who love them would not buy the book unless this never-ending title were on the cover?
Rose has a great point of view, an excellent sense of herself, which gives her what many writers search decades for -- a unique voice. Rather than guide her a little, this felt as if she were left too much on her own. How else to explain the repetition? Either Rose needed to live more then write more, or challenge herself with different pieces. Either way an editor needed to step in.
Still, her essays are heartbreakingly pure and if you can somehow dislike this young woman I definitely do not need to know you.
In Lesson 25, "Celebrate Autistic Kids Without Celebrating Autism" Rose writes:
"You should celebrate an autistic kid's accomplishments, but you shouldn't really celebrate a disability. When we celebrate the achievements of Franklin D. Roosevelt, we celebrate the things he did despite having polio. We don't celebrate polio itself. After all, when we celebrate a disability, we forget the burdens it imposes on people."
Rose was diagnosed with autism when she was 4. Her loving parents are tireless advocates for her and her younger sister, who also has autism.
When Rose writes about her dreams of show business, she very much sounds like every other girl drawn to the glittery life. The first person she quotes is Tyra Banks: "The road to success is not a straight line, it's a zigzag line." And that marks Rose as a very typical tween and teen.
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