by Bryan Hutchinson
One Boy’s Struggle: A Memoir is difficult to read for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it describes the pain that the author had to deal with growing up with ADD. He felt like an outcast and didn’t do well in school. His father was always angry at him and punished him severely. He didn’t have friends and stayed in his room as much as possible.
Secondly, the book is disorganized, repetitive, and the story jumps around. But that is what enhances one’s understanding of what it is like to have ADD. I believe that the way the book is written educates us in two ways – through the author’s moving stories and the way his brain functions.
Bryan Hutchinson struggled all his life to figure out how to survive in a world that didn’t understand him. He was diagnosed with ADD as an adult. He feels that if he was diagnosed as a child, his life might have been much easier and he would be able to have healthy relationships.
There are people in my life who have ADD. I have a difficult time understanding how they think and behave. After reading One Boy’s Struggle: A Memoir, I have a much better idea of what it’s like to have ADD and how I can better relate to them. Thank you Mr. Hutchinson for writing this book.