Anything but Typical

by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Character Analysis

Jason Blake, in Anything but Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin, is creative. He is creative because of the things he writes, how, and why he writes these things. When he was writing a story, he explained the story to a girl and his story is creative. For example, "He says, "But, hey, wouldn't it be weird-if Bennu wakes up from the operation, and he's all tall and stuff, and then he doesn't recognize himself in the mirror?". This evidence proves that Jason is very creative with his stories and what they are about.



Jason Blake, from Anything but Typical, is also shy. He is shy because of his autism and how he acts around people when he isn't trying to act that way. He meets a girl on the computer, through his writing, he doesn't ever want to meet her in person because he is scared that she will only see his autism and not who he really is. For example, when Jason and Rebecca, the girl he met online, are chatting, they both talk about going to a writing convention, and Jason hopes he doesn't see her there because he is nervous that she wont like him once she finds out he has autism. This evidence proves that Jason is shy and is scared that if Rebecca sees who he really is, she wont like him anymore.

About Anything but Typical

A summary about the story, Anything but Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin.

Developement

The two literary elements that are important to the story is the setting and the theme. The setting is where and when a person is. One of the settings that is important in the book is when Jason is in the library and wants to get on a computer. For example, "Jason, here," MIss Leno is saying. Sit here. You can use this computer." But I can't use that computer. I don't want to. I can't." (page 9). That evidence proves that, if they weren't in the library, the librarian wouldn't be there and the whole scene would not be happening, because they would not be in that specific setting, the library.


Another literary element that is important is the theme. The theme is the main message the author is trying to tell the reader through the story. The theme in Anything but Typical is that you shouldn't have to fit in anywhere and you can be yourself. A part in the story where the theme is important is when Jason is thinking about what he should and shouldn't do so he can be what people want him to be. For example, "Also the things my OT, my occupational therapist, has taught me: Look people in the eye when you are talking (even if this makes it harder for you to listen). Talk, even when you have nothing to say (that's what NTs do all the time). Try to ignore everything else around you (even when those things may be very important). If possible put your head and your body back together and try very hard not to shake or flap or twirl or twitch (even if it makes you feel worse to do this). Don't blink. Don't click your teeth. (These are the things people don't like. These are the things they hear but can't hear)." (page 7). This evidence proves that the theme is important in the story. In that evidence, Jason is talking about how he tries to fit in and do what people expect him to do when he should actually be himself and not worry about what people think.

About Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Autistic Spectrum Disorder is what Jason Blake has in the story, Anything but Typical.

Evaluation

I would recommend this book to people who do not read long and hard books because, this book is not hard to read, nor is it long. I would also recommend this book to people who do not read fiction/fantasy stories because this is not fantasy. What makes this book worth reading, is the writing, and what it is about. The writing in the story is from "Jason Blake's" perspective and how he thinks about everything and makes you see what it's like to look through a perspective of a boy with autism. What the story is about, adds creativity to everything and how it is not a normal story, it is about an autistic boy who likes a girl that has a lot in common with him. For example, "What are their eyes saying? Is that a frown or a smile? Why are they wrinkling their forehead or lifting their cheeks like that? What does that mean? How can you listen to all those words when you have to think about all that stuff?" (page 5). That evidence proves how the author shows you the perspective of a boy with autism and what he might be thinking.
Author Nora Raleigh Baskin shares insight into ANYTHING BUT TYPICAL