Review Policy

 

What qualifies to be reviewed? Am I accepting ARC copies or other review requests?

 

I am not currently accepting ARC copies or other review requests.

I do not accept monetary or other compensation in exchange for reviews. If I receive a copy of a book for review from an author, publisher, or other individual directly associated with the book, I will disclose at the top of the review.

I review both fiction and nonfiction (creative nonfiction, essay, and memoir are preferred, but I may review other kinds of nonfiction). I review books of any genre and age range.

I only review books by openly neurodivergent writers. Although the books do not have to be “about” neurodivergence, books that explicitly include neurodivergent characters or some discussion of neurodivergence are of higher priority. If a book does contain neurodivergent representation, it must be written or contributed to by at least one author with the same or similar type or experience of neurodivergence. Read “About Neurodiversity” for my definition of neurodiversity.

 

What are my review criteria?

 

My reviews are written for neurodivergent readers, and include things they might want to consider before reading a book that aren’t often covered in book reviews. This includes giving accessibility information, like what formats a book is available in at the time of review, and some possibly triggering content a book contains.

This may include critiquing the way the books are written themselves with a focus on things that might be of particular interest or concern to neurodivergent readers. This can include the book’s use of figurative language and irony, how complex the word choice and syntax are, how character motivations and emotions are shown, how many breaks in the writing there are, and how the book’s paratext adds to or distracts from the main content.

I am reviewing books based on the portrayal of neurodivergence, if present. What does the book add to conversations on neurodivergence? Does the author have an understanding of cultural and social issues surrounding neurodivergence and disability? Is the book aimed at all neurodivergent people, people with a specific type of neurodivergence, neurotypicals, or some combination of the above? Are the interests and passions of neurodivergent people respected? How are stereotypes avoided and engaged with? If the book is fiction, how many neurodivergent characters are present, and are they as complex and diverse as the neurotypical characters?

These are just some things my reviews might cover. I may cover different things depending on the individual book, and my review criteria may change over time.