Tyler was the kind of kid who couldn't sit still at school and couldn't explain why he was acting the way he did. But when he started a new medicine called Ritalin, he was able to pay attention in class and focus. At the time, he hadn't heard the term "Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder" (it was actually called Attention Deficit Disorder when he was growing up), but that's what he was experiencing.
This autobiographical memoir of one kid's experience growing up with ADHD is such an eyeopening read. Throughout it, we not only get the story of Tyler's struggles with ADHD, but the story of his rocky home life with a parent who experiences adult symptoms of ADHD. Peppered throughout the story, Tyler offers information about ADHD, what happens in brains with ADHD, how the medicine affects the brain, and some history on ADHD as a diagnosis.
I loved reading Tyler's story! It held my attention the whole way through, and the informational elements were carefully explained and hit the story at the perfect time. I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in mental health education, growing up in the 1980s-1990s, ADHD, or anyone who loves to read great books! This book is recommended for ages 10–14.
Reviewed by Kim B., Children's Librarian.