I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while and I thought I had already written it but apparently not! This is just a list of books with autistic main character’s that are written by autistic people. I have only read one of them, but I have autistic friends whose opinions of which I trust that have read the others and have praised them for their accurate representations. So here it is, my list of recommendations:
The State of Grace
I read this a few months ago and, despite it being a romance and I’m not heavily into romances, I really enjoyed it. It was accurate with things that we struggle with, like finding situations really overwhelming and going out of our way to fit in with neurotypical people but struggling. I recommend it to young teenagers who are autistic and struggling with their identity. It also shows that autistic people are lovable and can find love, which is important.
On the Edge of Gone
This is about an autistic girl called Denise in a science-fiction world where she needs to board a ship to escape her planet but she’s worried that she won’t be accepted on board because of her disability. I’ve been wanting to read this since forever so it’ll have to be something I pick up soon. It sounds really different and it’s awesome to be represented in something so adventurous.
Queens of Geek
I currently own this book and I’m so excited to get around to it! It’s told from multiple perspectives and one of those perspectives is from someone who is autistic. I don’t know much aside from that, and how they’re all at a comicon. It’s also very queer, and cute!
Pretty much anything by RoAnna Sylver will have autistic characters in them! Although nobody in this book (I don’t think) openly says they’re autistic, in Book 2; The Lifeline Signal, there is autistic characters as well as in the short stories that are listed on the home page of RoAnna’s Patreon (that you can see even if you’re not a Patreon!). It’s a young adult science-fiction/SFF with a trans main character.
Odd Girl Out
This is more of a new adult/adult book about autism from the perspective of an autistic woman who was not diagnosed and did not find out she was autistic until her forties, which is a very common reality for autistic women as we commonly go under the radar. Laura also experiences EDS and talks about the connections between EDS and autism, which is pretty interesting. I own this book and started it but got too busy to finish it, but that is something I plan on doing.
So, that’s all I have right now! If you have any more suggestions on what books you know of with autistic main characters and written by autistic people than I’d be interested in knowing what they are.
Until next time,