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