Recommendations of Books with Autistic Characters

I'm looking for book recommendations of books that have autistic characters, reading level of young adult and up. Not ones where you could argue that the character is autistic, but where the character is definitely written to be autistic.

I finished reading the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and I really enjoyed it. I felt I could really identify with how the character thinks and acts at time. I also think it helped me learn a bit more about how others experience autism. I would love to read more like it.

  • I loved 'The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr' - I would highly recommend it (she also has a special interest in dog breeds, like me!). It's a little like 'Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine', but Elvira Carr is definitely written as an autistic character.

    In case you'd like a non-fiction suggestion, Laura James' 'Odd girl out' is fantastic and explores her experiences of late diagnosis.

    I'd be interested to get some book recommendations too Slight smile

  • Thank you for the recommendation. I’ve just logged in to check my local library’s database and it would seem they have a copy available. Guess where I’m going tomorrow (rhetorical) Blush

  • Great - hope you enjoy the book Slight smile

  • I’ve just finished it. Absolutely love it! Also, I found it an awful lot easier to concentrate on than most books. Whilst at the library yesterday I also picked up a copy of another book by the same author, Maggsie McNaughton’s Second Chance, which has a dyslexic main character. Hopefully it will be just as enjoyable even though it won’t be quite as identifiable. 

  • Really glad you enjoyed it! That one sounds interesting Slight smile I think it's good to learn about things we don't necessarily have experience of.

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