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On Being Insane: In Search of My Missing Pieces Paperback – October 22, 2017
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About the Author
Elliot Gavin Keenan is 21 years old and now a PhD student in Human Development & Psychology at UCLA. He has published a lyric essay in the literary journal Gravel. He has Asperger’s syndrome and bipolar disorder. His research, which has been funded by the Autism Science Foundation, focuses on comorbidity in autism spectrum disorder. In his spare time he enjoys strategy board games, swing sets, and using italics.
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While I agree with others that the timeline and bouncing around can be confusing and feel disorganized, I think it is to be expected in a young memoir. I believe that Elliot could expand on this memoir in the future, hopefully with more positive experiences and reflection. If I could give it a rating of 3.5 I think that would reflect my opinion better, however I opted to give it a higher rating due to the respect I have as a reader and aspiring author.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for writing a review. I am not obligated to give a positive review, and all thoughts are my own.
I also think this book is really important because the author is so open about his Aspergers, bipolar depression, and trans identity. There are nowhere near enough stories, especially own voices stories, about people any of these identities, let alone with them intersecting. This memoir is so important for this reason because it is enlightening and informing for people who do not know what it is like to live as a queer person or a person with Aspergers or bipolar depression and could be really empowering and affirming for other people who do have these identities.
I really, highly recommend this book. I do have to disclaim that I work for the company that published it, but I promise I am not overly hyping my opinion because of that. This is a well-written and insightful book (and a quick read, around 100 pages!) I am excited to see what Elliot Keenan will write next!
The reason I did not rate this higher is because the time line is disjointed - shuffling back and forth through the years in such a way that it seems abrupt and disruptive in the reading. In addition, I would've liked to see some parts (especially in the earlier chapters) of the book elaborated: who was R, how did the author exchange meal points for weed (this just seemed bizarre to me, which I guess is why I was curious to hear more), who was DJ, what were Keenan's parents like?
Bottom line - A solid contribution to your autism resource/memoir/mental health awareness library, and an interesting read. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.