Comics & Graphic Novel, Non Fiction

Invisible Differences by by Julie Dachez

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This is not just a novel but also a manual for anyone remotely interesting in the differences that Asperger’s brings to the life of anyone wanting to live within the current society and the pressures that go with it. There is a moment when our protagonist describes her diagnosis to a friend, and she follows up with the quizzical statement “that happens to everyone”. I must admit that I have had that thought myself, and only after reading this in its entirety (it’s not a very big volume) did I realise that there is a degree of variance in how a typical ‘normal’ person processes the data versus someone on the spectrum.
We see our leading lady discover, learn, and come to terms with her body and mind and then use that information to bring about changes in her life and others’. Towards the end, we have a list of information provided as a background to the content. This helps better understand things. Although the characters’ name varies, we know that this is a sort of autobiography of the author herself. We even have a short segue to the illustrator and her part in the daily story. It does its job as a graphic novel with a purpose well.
It was originally written in French and is something I highly recommend people try.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley, the review is entirely based on my own reading experience of this book.

2 thoughts on “Invisible Differences by by Julie Dachez”

  1. That sounds an interesting way of explaining things and a good attempt at it, too. I think the “I do that, too” thing is indeed a matter of degree. When I explain to people I’m faceblind, I get a lot of “Oh, I’m bad at names, too”. Yeah, but I can look at someone and not even know I’ve ever met them before, not just see them, know them but grasp around for their name!

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