My expectation for this book was that it was going to be filled with generalities about how kids in our times are being overdiagnosed with a variety of psychological disorders. And the introduction of this book does indeed feel that way. But what was surprising, was the number of specific cases that Dr. Gnaulati discusses in his book. In chapter 8 he discusses a boy whom he called William, and who had been classified with Autism. Dr. Gnaulati convincingly explains the difference between a clinical case of Autism and a introverted, assertive, smart boy which is what William turns out to be. By grounding his explanation in a specific experience, he puts us inside his mind and teaches how to think about these issues.
I really enjoyed listening to the first third of the book where the author explains his technique for how to create jokes. His system seems sound, and it is worth getting the book for just this part. The rest of the book gets a little repetitive.
This book is Indiana Jones meets Days of our Lives. It's full of drama and characters that are easy to like and dislike. The beginning takes a short bit to get going (because the writer introduces many characters), but once it does, it's smooth sailing. The story had three plot twists that surprised me. I liked that. The narrator does a good job of making the characters sound distinct, which helped me keep track of who was saying what. The archeology is mostly fantasy, so don't expect to believe everything said about the Maya. Do expect, however, to be entertained.
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