Nothing is Right by Michael Scott Monje Jr.
Other people terrify Clay Dillon. He's never had a friend before, even though his mother runs a daycare out of their house. Now, it's time for him to face the first grade. Will he finally figure out what it is about other people that he does not understand, or will he hide himself in is schoolwork? Will he stand out as one of the few first graders that can already read adult novels, or will he camouflage his abilities so that he can avoid the extra attention? Clay wants desperately for other people to realize that he is valuable, but every time they talk to him, it hurts.
Nothing is Right is a novel about not being able to be called autistic. Set in 1988, it follows Clay through his first year at school. Through his eyes, we navigate a special education screening system that knows he is an anomaly but that lacks language to describe him. We also follow his attempts to find a space for himself, decoding his frustration when he fails to find ways to communicate. This book does not shy away from blow-by-blow descriptions of sensory overload, self-injury (and the shame of hiding it), and the sheer panic of finding yourself suddenly and completely incapable of speaking.
Note: At this time, we can only offer the .pdf proof of the paperback as an ebook.
This title was originally self-published in 2012. Autonomous Press has acquired the rights to distribute and, eventually, reprint it.
- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 19, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1480222852
- ISBN-13: 978-1480222854