Reaffirmation: coming to terms with an autism diagnosis - Book Review
In Reaffirmation Rees Finlay takes you on a journey of self-discovery as he is diagnosed, in adulthood, as autistic. His skill and experience with comic book drawing allows this novel a rare perspective of being part graphic novel.
Rees has previously tweeted that he is ‘going to make you cry and laugh while I share my rollercoaster life with you’ and that he certainly does. I found myself laughing out loud as I related to his jokes and furrowing my brow as I connected to moments of deep sadness. He manages to balance humour with the heart-breaking reality of autism.
Rees’s journey was anything but easy and he certainly faced his share of obstacles. Reaffirmation tells his personal story as well giving insights into more general areas of autism, or as Rees is first to say, his ‘rants’. Where it starts to stick on description there is soon a witty quip or comic strip to pick up the pace.
Reading Rees’s reflection on how being autistic affects his relationships felt like putting my own experiences under a harsh spotlight. While not always comfortable, it pushed me to question how much I still don’t understand about myself.
As reaffirmation alludes to, if you have met one person with autism, you have met one person with autism. This book won’t defog autism for readers, and it won’t guide you to accepting being autistic. However, if you are autistic, then it might, like for me, make you feel a little less alone in that journey we all go on when we are given a formal diagnosis.
Every single autistic person’s journey is valid. It was a pleasure to step into the journey of Reaffirmation.
How can you get hold of a copy?
‘Reaffirmation: coming to terms with an autism diagnosis’ is now live on Kickstarter which can be found here .
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