Strong Female Character

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Fern Brady: Strong Female Character (2023, Octopus Publishing Group)

English language

Published June 4, 2023 by Octopus Publishing Group.

ISBN:
978-1-914240-44-7
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4 stars (9 reviews)

2 editions

Thank you Fern for writing this

5 stars

Content warning Full spoilers, I talk about which parts of the book really resonated with me

processing

3 stars

To me this feels like a book written by someone who is processing her own life and fairly late diagnosis with autism and sharing with us in real time. It's interesting to process it with her, although I might have enjoyed reading a more reflective work that comes later more. Maybe that will come later! There's also a lot of overlap in content with her standup, which makes sense—we have but one life to draw from.

Some specifics about why it didn't fully land for me: - Memoirs where people give a lot of detail to childhood events that are hard to believe anyone remembering in such detail always rub me the wrong way. - It felt like each story in the book was forced to tie into to her late autism diagnosis from a narrative standpoint, and I wish there was more space to just learn about her and …

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4 stars

A brutally honest report on growing up autistic and female in the central belt of Scotland.
It's a difficult book to write about, as there are ways our lives overlap which is what drew me to it, but the divergences and the extent of the trauma she seems to have suffered make any personal comparison irrelevant. The reading experience was a familiar background and setting, into which jarring and bizarre events are inserted, and occasional info dumps about aspects of autism that are used to cap off some chapters.
Her humor cuts through to counterpoint the horror, but the bitter, acerbic assessment of many of the people she's met often leaves a sour taste.
I wonder what this book might have been like with a little more time to reflect and refine, but it's probably better that we have it now to lift a mirror to the ongoing crisis autistic …

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