Anything But Typical, by Nora Raleigh Baskin, tells us about the life of an autistic middle-school boy. The setting of Anything But Typical starts off in Weston, Connecticut, but as the story progresses, we are taken to Texas. The main characters of Anything But Typical are Jason Blake, Mr. and Mrs. Blake (Jason’s Parents), and Rebecca Stone (Jason’s friend that he writes to from his computer). There is also Jeremy, Jason’s little brother. First we meet Jason Blake, an autistic twelve-year-old boy who has no friends and isn’t liked by anyone, except his family, of course. Good days at school are scarce. Then, however, he meets PhoenixBird (her real name is Rebecca), who posts stories on the same online site that he does. She seems like a friend, but Jason can’t let her know about his autism, and the longer he knows her, the harder it is for him to keep his secret. . . . Some quotes in the book that I like are, “Life is what you make of it” and “Why do people want you to act just like they do? Talk like they do. Look like they do. Act like they do. And if you don’t-- If you don’t, people make the assumption that you do not feel what they feel. And then they make the assumption-- That you must not feel at all.” There is also, “But really, if you ask me, there is only one type of plot. One. Stuff happens. That’s it.” An interesting fact about Anything But Typical is that it won a Schneider Family Book Award. Overall, I really enjoyed reading Anything But Typical. I love the writing style, I really felt what it was like to be Jason. This book has changed how I will act for the rest of my life.