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Based on surveys with more than 5,000 gifted adolescents and young adults, "If I'm So Smart, Why Aren't the Answers Easy?" sheds light on the day-to-day experiences and stories of those growing up gifted. In their own enlightening words, teens share their experiences with giftedness, including aspects like friendships and fitting in with peers, school struggles and successes, worries about the future, and their family lives. By allowing teens to share their real-life stories firsthand, the book gives readers a ...
Based on surveys with more than 5,000 gifted adolescents and young adults, "If I'm So Smart, Why Aren't the Answers Easy?" sheds light on the day-to-day experiences and stories of those growing up gifted. In their own enlightening words, teens share their experiences with giftedness, including aspects like friendships and fitting in with peers, school struggles and successes, worries about the future, and their family lives. By allowing teens to share their real-life stories firsthand, the book gives readers a self-study guide to the successes and pitfalls of being gifted teens in a world not always open to their unique and diverse needs. While reading, teens will be able to reflect on their own experiences through the engaging journaling and thought experiments included throughout the book, and their parents and teachers will enjoy hearing directly from other students about the topics their gifted teens face daily.
Chapter 1 What Is Giftedness? 5
Chapter 2 Friends, Peers, and Fitting in 29
Chapter 3 What Do You Expect? 49
Chapter 4 The Many Stories of School 77
Chapter 5 Family Life 115
Chapter 6 A Look Toward the Future 139
Chapter 7 Questions and Answers… Sort of 167
About the Authors 189
Posted February 3, 2013
This is a great guide for teens wanting to understand more about what it means to be gifted. Pulled from teens themselves, this book is filled with advice from everything from fitting in, school issues and planning for the future. A welcome addition to any well-stocked library on giftedness, and the perfect book for a gifted teen.
I want to thank Prufrock Press for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Posted December 14, 2012
If I'm So Smart, Why Aren't the Answer So Easy? Takes an in depth view of the gifted teen's everyday life, ranging from problems in academics to challenges in family life at home by using quotes from gifted teens in response to specific questions that many gifted teens can greatly relate to. Being considered a “gifted teen” myself, I found most of the questions and points presented very stimulating on a personal level, mainly because these are all topics that I personally have experienced. Also, it is very interesting to read the responses that other teens have given as I compare them to my own experiences, and it is even reassuring at times to know that I am not the only one to feel a certain way about some of the topics questioned.
From the first time I saw the cover of the book, my immediate thoughts were, “Well, this is for someone who has way more problems than I do.” However, as a result of these responses being from other gifted teens similar to myself, it was actually far more interesting than I ever would have imagined. Although some specific responses may be more helpful than others, and some responses may even irritate you at times, I personally found the most helpful responses to be from the essays and responses from gifted teens who had already graduated from high school and who were on their way to higher levels of academia. These specific sections left behind the greatest sense of confidence and inspiration, reassuring myself that no matter how stressed or overwhelmed you may get, you can still pull through and be successful.
In the end, I must heartily recommend Jim Delisle and Robert Schultz's book to any gifted teen who sometimes feels like the world is out to get them. Whether you are a perfectionist, a procrastinator, or just a hard working student, everyone at some times feels this way. If you have never had this feeling, well, your life must be perfect anyway. And along with the information and sense of unity with other teens, it's still an entertaining book that you can lose many hours to. There are two reasons why I stop reading a book. One is when the book is so incredibly dull that I have to stop reading before I get a headache. The other is when I realize that it's midnight and I should have stopped reading three hours ago. Fortunately, Jim Delisle and Robert Schultz's new book falls into the latter category.