Autism in Heels: The Untold Story of a Female Life on the Spectrum

Autism in Heels: The Untold Story of a Female Life on the Spectrum

The face of autism is changing. And more often than we realize, that face is wearing lipstick. Autism in Heels , an intimate memoir, reveals the woman inside one of autism's most prominent figures, Jennifer O'Toole. At the age of thirty-five, Jennifer was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, and for the first time in her life, things made sense. Now, Jennifer exposes the co The face of autism is changing. And more often than we realize, that face is wearing lipstick. Autism in Heels ...

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Title:Autism in Heels: The Untold Story of a Female Life on the Spectrum
Author:Jennifer O'Toole
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1510732845
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Autism in Heels: The Untold Story of a Female Life on the Spectrum Reviews

  • Michelle
    Jul 01, 2019
    I really, really wanted to like this book. After all, I am a woman who received a late diagnosis of Asperger's as well. However, the author's prose and writing style is exhausting to follow, suffers from a lack of editing, and a lack of cohesiveness. This is the third attempt I'...
  • Dana
    May 22, 2019
    Overall fantastic information. Made an unofficial diagnosis with a few friends from my past, helped give me clarity. Sometimes feel like this book was more cathartic for the writer than it was helpful for the reader at times. Good information all adults need to know, could be more cond...
  • Crystal (Goddess in the Stacks)
    Mar 27, 2019
    I try to be very mindful when reviewing books on autism, or other #ownvoices books that I'm not part of the demographic. They're very important books for people who are not of that demographic to read - that's how we learn about each other - but we get into iffy territory when reviewin...
  • Abbey
    Jun 24, 2019
    I really enjoyed this book and it?s helped me to flesh out my understanding of autism and the way it tends to present in women. It was written in an easy, engaging style that was a pleasure to read, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to find out a bit more about what it?s like ...
  • Rachel
    Jan 27, 2019
    Despite some issues that I think could have been resolved with better editing, I recommend this book to all teachers and basically anyone. You will come away with a better understanding of people on the autism spectrum as well as just people in general. We all have our own reality and ...
  • Kristin
    Aug 11, 2019
    If I was rating this book for writing I would give it a 2, I didn?t like the way it was sorted and the way the chapters flowed, it left me disoriented. Which may have been the point really, it was written by someone on the spectrum and this may be the way it made sense to her! Howeve...
  • Ronnie Stephens
    Jul 11, 2018
    I really struggled with this book. I wanted to love it, and I believe that it's a vital conversation about women on the spectrum and how to improve practices around diagnosing/supporting women on the spectrum. However, the writing was choppy and repetitive; many chapters felt like adap...
  • Rebecca
    Mar 31, 2019
    I struggled with this book and read the first third of it pretty slowly. I was trying to absorb all the vocabulary and I was also trying to read it as a memoir. It's not a straight forward memoir though. Maybe she pieced together various speeches she had given, research, and journal no...
  • Sandi
    Apr 23, 2019
    This is a very well written book about a lady who has Augsberger when she was an adult I think from reading this book she as high functioning person I like this book I work d in Mental Health for 36 years so I had some knowledge all ready great book ...
  • C.G. Drews
    Jun 25, 2018
    This book was so honest and well-informed! I was a little nervous going in, I admit, because (a) I feel like the only point of heels is to utilise them as a weapon, and (b) I've read so many autism-books and been burnt a lot by negative assumptions and problematic viewpoints. But this ...
  • Heather
    Jan 11, 2019
    The strongest part of this book was definitely the memoir aspects, where O'Toole engaged with the elements of her own past and made sense of them by unveiling the consequences of a neurotypical culture. I found her chapters towards the end, which featured heavy topics like relationship...
  • Krista
    Apr 28, 2019
    This book is full of great information about how women and girls on the autism spectrum present differently than men and boys. This has led to a lot of misdiagnosis which the author, herself on the spectrum, is trying to rectify. She also works hard to support women and girls on the sp...
  • Gara
    Jul 11, 2018
    Insight into the dynamics of life "on the spectrum" is helpful to me, since my granddaughter has been diagnosed with autism. She received this diagnosis at 2, but this was after repeated efforts to determine what was going on with her. One doctor, discovering her severe social anxiety,...
  • Crystal Hiatt
    May 09, 2019
    O'Toole has an important message regarding life on the spectrum and issues of gender identity. (Though I didn't find the gender identity issues to be fully realized in this novel). I found the memoir sections compelling, and I wish there had been more of O'Toole's personal history as t...
  • Annalisa
    Jan 09, 2019
    Highly disappointing. As someone who's followed Jennifer O'Toole's work for quite some time, I was excited to see that she was releasing a memoir. More so, I was excited to see that it would focus on being a woman on the spectrum, a topic that's come up often in the circles I run in. ...
  • Heather
    Jun 16, 2018
    WOW! Just WOW! I first heard Jennifer speak in January of this year. She mentioned that she had a new book coming out this summer. At that point, I knew that I had to get my hands on it. Later on I discovered that the digital ARC was available on Edelweiss?YIPPEE! (Being a lib...
  • Jalyn
    Feb 26, 2019
    I have never before in my life read a memoir, mostly because I'm not particularly interested in them. But my mother-in-law checked this out from the library for me, and I mostly started reading it because I was too awkward to give it back to her without at least trying to read it. Sure...
  • LillyBooks
    Feb 22, 2019
    I found this book endlessly fascinating, and it led to some interesting conversations with other women I know (who are all geeks, who are in STEM-based careers, who all have active hobbies, some of whom are hyperlexic . . . I'm not saying we're on the spectrum, but I think we're the ty...
  • Kati
    Jun 22, 2019
    3.5 stars. The overall book was very informative and eye opening. There are so many things that I identified with or that she helped pinpoint a feeling or struggle. However, the writing...it is kind of disjointed and hard to follow. She does address this and explain that that?s how h...
  • Carol Moog
    Jun 05, 2018
    Jennifer O'Toole's latest book is a brilliant and personal reflection of life on the autism spectrum for women and girls. Her voice cannot be denied! I wholeheartedly recommend this book to clinicians, parents, identifiers, and explorers of autism. Reading it will increase your knowled...
  • Isabelle
    Jul 27, 2018
    (I received a free eARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.) I actually had to take a break in the middle of reading this because it struck home ? not just close, but all the way. As in, I recognized very specific thoughts and behaviors that I?ve noticed but never c...
  • Anne Wellman
    Feb 23, 2019
    A good look at life with autism from the point of view of a female, in whom it was and maybe still is woefully under diagnosed. The style of writing suggests the condition, perhaps: very concerned with the self, even whiny on occasion, and not always able to see things from others' poi...
  • Jenna
    Apr 08, 2019
    2.5 stars clever title and cover picture which grabbed my attention. unfortunately, i was disappointed. it wasn't the lighthearted memoir i was expecting. very wordy & long. on the positive side, i learned a lot about the autism spectrum & how it effects each gender dif...
  • Claire
    Dec 21, 2018
    It has been great to see more and more books available detailing the experiences of various (albeit mostly white) women on the autistic spectrum, given their under-diagnosis and the biases that pervade the perception of autism among the public and even the medical community (as I under...
  • Michael Ross
    May 27, 2018
    This is an amazing book. An extraordinary look into autism in women told with fascinating anecdotes from a captivating writer. I have always enjoyed the Asperkids books but Jennifer O'Toole has really outdone herself describing this personal journey. I was riveted from the first moment...
  • Rebecca Mullen
    May 27, 2018
    This book sheds light on the often unrecognized differences in the world experiences of women and girls on the spectrum through one woman?s journey. O?Toole?s narrative weaves together her life in self-reflective stories along with the research and study information that helps ex...
  • Brittney Farley
    Dec 06, 2018
    Autism in Heels is a true story about Jennifer O'Toole. Jennifer shares her story about what it's like to live with Asperger's, which is on the Autism spectrum. This is a great story that advocates for people who live with a disability and shows that they are just like everyone else. T...
  • Katie Latham
    Apr 26, 2019
    Yes, structurally this book is not ?typical?... but hello? The author isn?t either! And if after reading this book, you don?t understand how that?s not a ?problem?, and instead a gift shared by a strong and beautiful woman then I think you missed the point. There?s a lo...
  • Rachel Archer
    Mar 13, 2019
    I loved this. I was recently diagnosed with autism and while the diagnosis answered so many questions, I wanted to know more. A friend of mine has read this book, and I found myself drawn to it. I?m so glad to have read it. From making friends, to sexual abuse, to self-harm, O?...
  • rachelwrites007
    Feb 24, 2019
    I really liked this one and felt very 'seen' by all of Jennifer's life stories, but like other reviews here I struggled with her insertion of Sojourner Truth's quote and many 'facts' (without citations). As someone who is on the spectrum, a woman, and recovering (always in process) fro...