“I think this book would be enjoyed by anyone who likes literary or contemporary fiction and it really should be read by anyone who knows or works with autistic people in any way.” – Awesome Indies
Robert is different. He has Asperger’s Syndrome. He experiences the world differently to 99% of the population. Follow his entertaining and highly empathetic story as he struggles to realise and accept who he really is, try to understand other people—which he cannot—and find a girlfriend. Especially find a girlfriend—he’s decided it’s his special project for the year. Accompanied on this transformative journey by his quirky flatmates, Chloe (who also has Asperger’s, amongst other things), Stef (who hasn’t, but doesn’t mind) and their oddly-named kitten, Robert endures a myriad of awkward moments in his quest to meet a nice, normal girl…and not even a major earthquake will stop him.
This absorbing and humorous story is starkly told from Robert’s point of view, through the kaleidoscope of autistic experience.
What Readers Are Saying
“STIM is a fabulous read with great insight into the Aspie mind. I am not on the Spectrum but my daughter is and I recognised a lot of her in Chloe and more than a little of myself! The story is simple but very sweet and a satisfying read. The characters are three dimensional and Berry adds a tremendous amount of humor without ever “making fun” of the individuals presented. I definitely recommend this for anyone who is looking for a sweet story with substance and great characters, especially if you have someone in the spectrum in your life!” – Pavarti K. Tyler
“Mr Berry draws this endearing character so well that we see the logic of Robert’s perception. Some of the things we Neuro Typical people find normal, like figurative speech for example, are ridiculous when seen from Robert’s point of view. Robert is somewhat like Sheldon Cooper of the Big Bang Theory.” – Tahlia Newland