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Publisher's Summary

A sensory portrait of an autistic mind

From childhood, Laura James knew she was different. She struggled to cope in a world that often made no sense to her, as though her brain had its own operating system. It wasn't until she reached her forties that she found out why: Suddenly and surprisingly, she was diagnosed with autism.  

With a touching and searing honesty, Laura challenges everything we think we know about what it means to be autistic. Married with four children and a successful journalist, Laura examines the ways in which autism has shaped her career, her approach to motherhood, and her closest relationships. Laura's upbeat, witty writing offers new insight into the day-to-day struggles of living with autism, as her extreme attention to sensory detail - a common aspect of her autism - is fascinating to observe through her eyes. As Laura grapples with defining her own identity, she also looks at the unique benefits neurodiversity can bring. 

Lyrical and lush, Odd Girl Out shows how being different doesn't mean being less, and proves that it is never too late for any of us to find our rightful place in the world. 

©2018 Laura James (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Too often a woman's success is pegged to the 'posse' with whom she surrounds herself. Laura James, relying on her independent spirit and the differences that set her apart, becomes an accomplished writer and starts a communications agency while raising four children. Odd Girl Out offers a choice of freedom over conformity through the understanding and embracing of one's disabilities." (Eileen Cronin, author of Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience)

"James's story, told in an affecting, honest way, is at once intensely personal and extremely relatable... [it] reminds us to have compassion for those who defy our definition of normal, whether or not they have a label." (New York Journal of Books

"There are so many myths about what it means to be autistic and Laura tells her story beautifully and truthfully. You will live every moment with her, feel her pain and want to right the wrongs. Some books make a big difference, this is one of them. It should be read by everyone." (Natasha Harding, The Sun)

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Enjoyable and enlightening.

I am amazed at the amount of people with autism, who go undiagnosed. After reading this book, I now have a better understanding as to why that is.

I have a second cousin who is on the spectrum. He is nonverbal, requires 24 hour care and displays the characteristics typically thought of as Autistic.

Odd Girl Out broadened my perspective on what I thought I knew about ASD, in an engaging way.

I would definitely recommend this book.


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I am a woman with Asperger’s who was diagnosed as an adult. I have never read a book or heard a person’s story so similar to my own, down to the worries and thoughts. I felt seen and known. Will listen to again and again.

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Narration is not my favorite

As someone who is autistic, the voice of the reader is kind of hard for me to listen to, no offense to her. Too many mouth noises & too much enunciation... It’s likely just me but it’s really hard to focus on the story w so much sensory stuff happening.

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personal autism story

I used this to gain a better understanding of my daughter, who was diagnosed as an adult.

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Perspective!!

Definitely worth the read and will make you look at your view of Autism a little different!! :)

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Thank you Laura

Thank you Laura, for sharing your story. It is so helpful to hear about the experiences of women on the spectrum.

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wow. fantastic and so relatable.

Absolutely amazing!! such a wonderful woman and such a wonderful book. learning to read books more through audio as I find it helpful I'm so glad you found this one. even someone in a pot of the world I could connect with without meeting or words

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So much of my life reflects back from this book!

With sensitivity and in terms it seems may be understood by neurotypical people, Laura James tells her story. Having received my diagnosis at the age of 65, it was both comforting and frustrating to read about another woman’s struggles. I recommend this to anyone who has a woman with ASD in their life.

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A must read for anyone on the Spectrum

Absolutely loved it ❤️, couldn't put it down . An easy read to follow