Every afternoon Sean Benning picks up his son, Toby, on the marble steps that lead into the prestigious Bradley School. Everything at Bradley is accelerated - 3rd graders read at the 6th grade level, they have labs and facilities to rival most universities, and the chess champions are the bullies. A single dad and struggling artist, Sean sticks out like a sore thumb amongst the power-soccer-mom cliques and ladies-who-lunch that congregate on the steps every afternoon. But at least Toby is thriving and getting the best education money can buy. Or is he?
When Sean starts getting pressure from the school to put Toby on medication for ADD, something smells fishy, and it isn't the caviar that was served at last week's PTA meeting. Toby's "issues" in school seem, to Sean, to be nothing more than normal behavior for an eight-year-old boy. But maybe Sean just isn't seeing things clearly, which has been harder and harder to do since Toby's new teacher, Jess, started at Bradley. And the school has Toby's best interests at heart, right? But what happens when the pressure to not just keep up, but to exceed, takes hold?
When things take a tragic turn, Sean realizes that the price of this accelerated life is higher than he could have ever imagined.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
No, I would be afraid they would take the story as truth about how ADD is evaluated and treated. I have seen so many reviews that focus on the ADD treatment and not the actual story.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Made the information about how the evaluations, medication and doctor interaction more accurate.
Any additional comments?
So I want to rate this higher, but I have two kids that suffer from a form of ADD some of the things written are untrue and it takes too long to hear about the pro side of medication. It took us a very long time to decide on using medication,but we made sure we were educated and all our questions were answered first. The story is a good story, not an accurate portrayal of how the evaluation process works. Or how the medication is handled. There is so much more Doctor intervention than the story shows. It's an interesting point of view ...wish it was more accurate.