Odd Girl Out

  • by Laura James
  • Narrated by Louiza Patikas
  • 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What do you do when you wake up in your mid-40s and realize you've been living a lie your whole life? Do you tell? Or do you keep it to yourself?
Laura James found out that she was autistic as an adult, after she had forged a career for herself, married twice and raised four children. Odd Girl Out tracks the year of Laura's life after she receives a definitive diagnosis from her doctor, as she learns that 'different' doesn't need to mean 'less' and how there is a place for all of us, and it's never too late to find it.
Laura draws on her professional and personal experiences and reflects on her life in the light of her diagnosis, which for her explains some of her differences; why, as a child, she felt happier spinning in circles than standing still and why she has always found it difficult to work in places with a lot of ambient noise.
Although this is a personal story, the book has a wider focus, too, exploring reasons for the lower rate of diagnosed autism in women and a wide range of topics including eating disorders and autism, marriage and motherhood.
This memoir gives a timely account from a woman negotiating the autistic spectrum, from a poignant and personal perspective.


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Where does Odd Girl Out rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Best Ever.

What did you like best about this story?

So many similarities to my life. Found it quite comforting and unsettling both at the same time.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Too many to write about.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

I loved this book. Thank you Laura James. I now need to pluck up the courage to get a diagnosis myself.

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- BrigFin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-05-2017
  • Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio