April 2nd was world autism day and this month we celebrate Autism Awareness month. I’d like to dedicate this post to my nonverbal autistic cousin, he has the biggest heart and the most brilliant smile.
As such here are books with either autistic representation or feature autism as a storyline in an implicit or explicit way. If there any other authors or books I should be aware of do mention them to me! Always love discovering new stories 😍
Of course I cannot guarantee 100% of the accuracy of representation because I am not personally autistic nor am I a healthcare professional, and I understand that autism majorly differs from one person to another and as such it is a wide spectrum. I am however trying to do my best with this list but if I get anything wrong please correct me ❤️
*Little Note: I have an affiliate link to the books mentioned in the post, at no extra cost if you decide to buy via the link, your book blogger here gets a commission 😊
Books with Autistic Rep and Autism
Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Herbert
The Brown Sisters has taken the world by storm and everyone that I know has at least read one of the books! This third installment features autistic rep in the form of Eve’s love interest Jacob. It’s brilliant to have a neurodiverse main lead in a romance novel and not being used as a tool or caricature.
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
This is an OWN voices story, the author has Autism Spectrum Disorder (previously known as Asperger’s Syndrome). The Bride Test is the second book of The Kiss Quotient series (also recommend the first book!). The Kiss Quotient is in fact inspired by her personal journey of autism.
The Bride Test features an neurodiverse MC who thinks he is incapable of love, that is until his mother takes matters into her own hands and invites Esme as part of her matchmaking schemes.
Always Only You by Chloe Liese
This is an OWN voices story too featuring an autistic main character with Rheumatoid Arthritis written by an autistic writer. It’s a sports romance with a slow burn build up and an opposites attract trope!
The Suicide House by Charlie Donlea
The Suicide House has been selected by A Library Journal “12 Novels Featuring Protagonists on the Autism Spectrum” Selection.
Forensic reconstructionist Rory Moore aims to solve the killings featured in an infamous true crime podcast about a elite school with sinister secrets and a sadistic killer.
When My Heart Joins the Thousand by A.J Steiger
This is a coming of age romance story between an MC who has Autism Spectrum Disorder and her disabled love interest.
Terrified of becoming a ward of the state Alvie only wants to make it to her 18th birthday without any mishaps but without meaning to she finds herself getting close to a boy with a cane at the zoo she works in.
The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle
Another YA book because why not? Landing in detention, Lily finds herself meeting Abelard and is intrigued by him. The two fall for each other fast and hard, but will it survive? The author is neurodiverse, dyslexic, and has ADHD. Likewise, Lily has ADHD while Abelard has Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty
This book has been nominated for the Longlist award 2020 and is a nonfiction memoir of 15 year old autistic writer Dara McAnulty.
He says about the book: “In sharing this journey my hope is that people of all generations will not only understand autism a little more but also appreciate a child’s eye view on our delicate and changing biosphere.”