Monday, December 28, 2015

‘Sex, Drugs and Asperger Syndrome’

With Sex, Drugs and Asperger Syndrome (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016), Luke Jackson offers A User Guide to Adulthood.

When he was 13, Jackson wrote Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence. Now 26, Jackson has accumulated “an entire lifetime’s worth of aging” since he wrote his previous book.

With forthright candor, Jackson offers guidance on various aspects of life — including work, education, bullying, friendship, intimate relationships and the use and abuse of drugs.

Reading this book, I especially appreciated its thorough treatment of bullying, especially since Jackson admitted being “in two minds whether to add it at all.” As Jackson says, the book is “based around issues faced in adulthood,” and the conclusion he arrived at after asking others’ input is that “people can be bullied at any age.”

Even if an adult no longer directly experiences bullying, he or she may feel lingering effects of being a bully’s target — making this a doubly important subject when discussing adult experience.

Altogether, there’s a lot to recommend about this book. Dare I hope that when Jackson acquires another 13 years’ experience, he will as generously share his insights in the form of another book?

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher. The opinion expressed is my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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