REVIEW by Gina Pera, author of “Is It You, Me, Or Adult A.D.H.D.?”
Considering Blake Taylor’s trajectory since diagnosis at age five (recently graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and studying neuroscience at Columbia University), you can bet he’s learned a bit about navigating the positive and not-so-hot aspects of ADHD.
In ADHD and Me: What I Learned From Lighting Fires at the Dinner Table, written as a college freshman, Taylor recounts his early-to-teen years with tell-all details, in-depth insight and quirky humor.
Chapters focus on a common ADHD state of “being” – such as being impulsive, being disobedient, being isolated, and being blamed. Taylor opens each chapter with detailed storytelling of his personal variation on that theme; then he reflects on the “cause and effect” of that trait or experience and offers pointed solutions.
Of being hyperactive, for example, he hilariously recounts, as a three-year-old, setting off the alarm at New York’s Natural History Museum by getting too up-close-and-personal to a T. Rex. “If I am curious about a certain subject, “ he writes, “I will put all of my efforts into understanding it and pursuing it. This amount of energy is enormous, hard to contain, and hard to control.” Kids, teens, and even adults can benefit from the lessons Taylor learned from lighting fires at the dinner table and more.