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Invisible Differences by Julie Dachez | #BookReview @Julie_Dachez @OniPress #NetGalley #GraphicNovel

An informative and touching story about adulting with Aspergers

Invisible Differences is a graphic novel that beautifully illustrates the challenges faced by people with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Our thanks to the author, Oni Press, and NetGalley for the advanced reader’s copy. 


Book Details

Title: Invisible Differences
Publisher: Oni Press (August 18, 2020)
Publication Date: August 18, 2020
Language: English
ISBN: 162010766X


Book Description

Translated for the very first time in English, Invisible Differences is the deeply moving and intimate story of what it’s like to live day to day with Asperger Syndrome. 

Marguerite feels awkward, struggling every day to stay productive at work and keep up appearances with friends. She’s sensitive, irritable at times. She makes her environment a fluffy, comforting cocoon, alienating her boyfriend. The everyday noise and stimuli assaults her senses, the constant chatter of her coworkers working her last nerve. Then, when one big fight with her boyfriend finds her frustrated and dejected, Marguerite finally investigates the root of her discomfor: after a journey of tough conversations with her loved ones, doctors, and the internet, she discovers that she has Aspergers. Her life is profoundly changed – for the better.

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Review 

Invisible Differences is a graphic novel that beautifully illustrates the challenges faced by people with Asperger’s Syndrome.

The book tells the story of Marguerite, a 27 years old French woman who has a hard time fitting in.

She likes to follow a tied up schedule and gets stressed if things do not go according to plan. She can’t stand too much noise, and sometimes she is a little too honest with her co-workers.

Margherite is a lovely character. It would take little to make her life better, but people around her are too reticent in changing the way of things. 

One of the things that makes this book different from others addressing the same topic is the quality of the illustrations. I loved how the illustrator used red to reflect Margherite’s changes of mood and how well she depicted the noisy environments.

Another particularity is that the book focuses on adults with the syndrome. It brings testimonials of several adults, including one from a 50 years old woman who dreads socializing during coffee breaks.

Invisible Differences is light yet effective. An important tool to raise understanding of autism. A must-have for all public libraries and a must-read to everyone. 

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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About the Author

Julie Dachez is a doctor in social psychology, lecturer and French activist for the rights of autistic people.

She is the author of The Invisible Difference and In Your Bubble!

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