This is a welcome addition to the growing library about Asperger Syndrome. Compared with most books, this takes a slightly different approach to the subject by using a narrative approach and more specifically a combination of life stories as told by five teenagers and one almost teenager plus some additional life history material contributed by their parents. The authors used a guided (but not structured) interview technique that combined freedom with the coverage of certain specific areas that they wanted to highlight. Books like this are so useful to parents, teachers, and, of course, those who have AS. Knowing how other people cope, how positive they can be and what heights of achievement they scale is a tremendously valuable contribution, this is a very worthwhile addition to the literature on the subject.
I found the stories compelling. So many of them reminded me of my own son and others I know. The reader is led to understand his parents frustration within the constraints of mainstream schooling. The most important thread I found from all the stories is that the label Asperger syndrome is useful for others in identifying a social difference between them and their peers, but they are still al individuals.