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I received this as an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Author: Alyson Gerber
Clea has a hard time remembering things and sometimes her mouth gets ahead of her brain. There are many times she gets upset and says things she doesn’t mean. Her difficulty to think before she speaks and trouble with following the rules get her bullied by many of her classmates. She has one good friend, who knows that she tries to follow the rules and he forgives her because he knows she is a good person. However, their friendship becomes strained when his family is going through a rough patch and he has less patience with her. Clea’s only time to shine happens in Chess Club. She is an extremely talented chess player, if only her attention would allow her to follow the rules and keep her hyper focus on the game. After Clea’s grades begin to suffer, she is sent to be tested for ADHD. While Clea doesn’t want the diagnosis and the stigma attached, she soon learns tips and strategies to help her.
I genuinely liked Clea. She would be alot to handle at first, but she is a great kid who deserves only good things. When I first started to read this book, it triggered my anxiety. Clea’s focus issues were well written and I could feel her thoughts racing. I think this humanizes children experiencing these issues and gives a positive role model for those with ADHD. Clea is a kid just like everyone else, she is a good friend, even if she messes up sometimes like everyone else.
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