It was so weird being neurodivergent in my English class in high school and the best example I can think of is when we read Catcher in the Rye and everyone was like “wow! He’s so relatable and funny and a go lucky dude! He’s a bit strange though.”
And I was just sitting there like ?????? He’s so obviously depressed??? His thought process is disjointed??? His decision making skills aren’t really working?? He covers up his feeling of emptiness with humor, and he doesn’t seem to have any direction or sense of self? I just found myself relating to Holden on an uncomfortably personal level. And the whole time we discussed and read the book the word depression was never once brought up.
I’m kind of wondering whether or not I vastly interpreted his character wrong or if it was just the writing style but those are my thoughts.