My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I absolutely loved this book. Coming from a psychology/PhD background as a reader, Simsion manages to pretty much perfectly capture telling a story from the perspective of someone on the autism spectrum (based on my basic undergraduate understanding of ASD). Cringe-worthy but endearing social awkwardness. Reeling off facts like a verbal Wikipedia at the drop of a hat. Discomfort at slight changes and, at times complete upheaval, of well-ingrained routine.
I think Simsion strikes the tricky balance of writing a story that’s a comedy-drama just right. He writes in a way that makes you engage and connect with the protagonist from the first chapter – the writing is charmingly accurate when describing both the amusing and the more serious aspects of the plot – and makes you want to keep reading. Though the plot’s basic structure focuses around a love story, there are a number of other complex issues that pepper the storyline, including father-daughter relationships, open marriages, social norms, and the annoying but inevitable politics of university research.