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Top 5 books with neurodiverse characters

Hello friends!! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! This week’s topic is top 5 books with neurodiverse characters!!

April is Autism Awareness Month (somewhere) and to celebrate, we’re getting all up with our fave neurospicy book characters. Something I had completely forgotten though, was that two years ago I did a post on characters with Autism by own voices authors. Which I definitely should have remembered. The good news/bad news of this is… most of my fave books are already on the list!! So, today I’ll be focusing on other books, also books that have characters who are neurospicy in other ways, such as ADHD and PTSD. But they might not be in my top 5. They’re more like my newest 5 since writing the other post.

The April to June 2024 topics are out now!! Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, and is now being hosted (albeit very terribly) here @ Meeghan reads.

So, let’s look at my top (newest) 5 books with neurodiverse characters.

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top 5 books with neurodiverse characters

The Kings of Nowhere — C. G. Drews

The Kings of Nowhere by C. G. Drews

NOTE: Is this cheating?? Maybe, but I won’t apologise. The Kings of Nowhere is the sequel to The Boy Who Steals Houses, which was on my other list. But all of these books have a special place in my heart, and while the first book focused on Sammy Lou, this book focuses on Avery.

Avery Lou has given up stealing houses now he’s meant to build them. Forced to stay with the De Lainey family until Sam’s return from juvie, Avery feels like he’s drowning. He hates that Sam chose the De Laineys instead of running away with him. And he hates working in their construction company while Vin, the thief who hurt Sam, still walks free. Avery wants revenge.

Swapping the sharp-edged world of burglary and car theft for the homey chaos of big family life is a wild adjustment, and Avery’s determined to sabotage his time with the De Laineys and get locked up with Sam instead. Avery just has to stay immune to Jeremy’s charming shenanigans. Easy… sort of. But Avery’s war against Vin has brought trouble to the De Lainey door and he can’t survive this fight alone.

The Rosie Project — Graeme Simsion

Don Tillman is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet.

But he has designed the Wife Project, using a sixteen-page questionnaire to help him find the perfect partner. She will most definitely not be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also fiery and intelligent and beautiful. And on a quest of her own to find her biological father a search that Don, a professor of genetics, might just be able to help her with.

The Wife Project teaches Don some unexpected things. Like, why earlobe length is an inadequate predictor of sexual attraction. Why quick-dry clothes aren’t appropriate attire in New York. Why he’s never been on a second date. And why, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love: love finds you.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Social Queue — Kay Kerr

Social Queue by Kay Kerr

“I thought I was nobody’s teen crush, but turns out I was just missing the signs.”

Zoe Kelly is starting a new phase of her life. High school was a mess of bullying and autistic masking that left her burnt out and shut down. Now, with an internship at an online media company the first step on the road to her dream writing career she is ready to reinvent herself. But she didn’t count on returning to her awkward and all-too-recent high-school experiences for her first writing assignment.

When her piece, about her non-existent dating life, goes viral, eighteen-year-old Zoe is overwhelmed and more than a little surprised by the response. But, with a deadline and a list of romantic contenders from the past to reconnect with for her piece on dating, she is hoping one of her old sparks will turn into a new flame.

The Extraordinaries — TJ Klune

In Nova City, there are extraordinary people, capable of feats that defy the imagination. Shadow Star protects the city and manipulates darkness, and Pyro Storm is determined to bring the city to its knees using his power over fire.

And then there’s Nick who… well, being the most popular fanfiction writer in the Extraordinaries fandom is a superpower, right?

Instead of fighting crime, Nick contends with a new year at school, a father who doesn’t trust him, and a best friend named Seth, who may or may not be the love of Nick’s short, uneventful life.

It should be enough. But after a chance encounter with Shadow Star, Nova City’s mightiest hero (and Nick’s biggest crush), Nick sets out to make himself extraordinary. And he’ll do it with or without Seth’s reluctant help…

The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine — Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding unnecessary human contact, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen, the three rescue one another from the lives of isolation that they had been living. Ultimately, it is Raymond’s big heart that will help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. If she does, she’ll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship and even love after all.

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What are your top 5 books with neurodiverse characters?

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo


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