Do You Think This Is Strange?
About the Book
“The relationship between Saskia and Freddy is everything teen romance readers yearn for, but complex enough for adult readers. With an enthralling character voice, an atypical narrative structure, and an unexpected mystery, Drake’s first outing sets a high bar for his next.” —Publishers Weekly
“A nuanced and sensitive narrative of conflict, comedy, and trauma … Drake’s writing is delightful, and the architecture of the book is subtle and effective … Do You Think This Is Strange? is not simply about a boy with autism, but more importantly about the way those who encounter him (including the reader) choose to respond to him.” —Quill & Quire
“Consider this the antidote to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Whereas Mark Haddon’s 2003 novel, the most popular literary representation of autism to date, presented a barely functional savant, the 17-year-old at the heart of Aaron Cully Drake’s debut is someone that the majority of autistic people might recognize…Freddy is an authentically exasperating teenager. You’ll want to read this coming-of-age story anyway, not least to watch Freddy solve the common mystery of why his family is as it is.” —Globe and Mail
“Do You Think This Is Strange? tells the story of Freddy’s last year in high school . . . the telling of it is masterfully done.” —Lethbridge Herald
“Well-written, funny and interesting…” —Geist
“This story is not just about a boy with autism but rather about how people view and respond to him . . . This must-read for students and educators rewards with insights into autism.” —BC Books for BC Schools