Paige's heartfelt and honest account illustrates why first-hand storytelling is important for diving into the deep minds of autistic people.
We are in the middle of a moment of self-discovery and awakening for many Autistic adults, particularly those from marginalized backgrounds. Paige Layle's But Everyone Feels this Way is an important contribution to this movement, and in its pages, I am certain many Autistics in search of understanding and a place within our growing community will see themselves.
I had a hard time putting this book down and the few times I did were to nod in agreement. Paige Layle writes vividly about those parts of being autistic that aren't in any psychiatry text. The constant discomfort, the tidal wave emotions that overwhelm you at any moment. Paige's book offers a fuller picture of what autism looks like and furthermore, how to build a more accepting world for autistic people.
Paige writes with incredible insight, humor, and honesty about her autism and life. Her unique experience illustrates some universal truths and, as I read about her, I also learned about myself and my own autism. I am grateful for the gift of her voice.
Frank and perceptive, But Everyone Feels This Way is a welcome addition to the growing autistic literary canon. I've long believed that autistic voices - not a single face or voice, but as many of us sharing our stories as possible - play a key role in the acceptance and celebration of autistic people. I'm very glad that Paige's voice is among them.
But Everyone Feels This Way is a poignant, brave, soul-baring triumph! Whether neurotypical or divergent, Paige Layle's story will make you laugh, cry, and think - but most importantly, it will give you a new lens for seeing yourself and others.
Paige Layle's book will be especially helpful to provide insight for women diagnosed with autism later in life.