Book Review: Faster Than Normal by Peter Shankman and Edward Hallowell

TL;DR:

If I hear the word “squirrel” shouted at me at any future point in my life, someone is getting punched in the nether region.  The word squirrel has been single-handedly ruined for me.  Skip this book if you have any audio OCD issues.

 

Full story:

I really wanted to love this book.  The concept of embracing your ADHD as a gift really resonates with me.  There are definitely a lot of advantages (I feel).  This book does hit on some good points, but I really couldn’t tell you what they were.  Every couple of paragraphs, the word “squirrel” is shouted (to get your attention, you ADHD person, you!), and a key point is then raised.  I can’t tell you a single point raised.  I listened to the entire book, and I remember constantly thinking, “Ok, good point, but stop fucking yelling squirrel at me.”

I could not get past this incredibly annoying aspect of the book.  Now, this was on audiobook, and maybe I wouldn’t have reacted so negatively to reading “Squirrel” every couple of paragraphs.  I have LONG known that I cannot stand repetitive noises (coworkers clipping their nails? Who does that?  Clicking a retractable pen during a meeting? Yeah, I’m the gal who will take that pen away from you…).  So, take my review with a grain of salt.  Or a big, cow-sized salt-lick.

Also, and this might be the squirrel thing tainting my opinion, I found the author arrogant in a lot of ways.  Some of it was kind of “I’m brilliant and fabulous and wildly successful because of my ADHD,” but some of it just came off as “I’m brilliant and fabulous and wildly successful, but others aren’t and never will be.”  To me, that seemed to teeter on a fixed mindset kind of view (totally my opinion, and again, I’m probably holding a squirrel-related grudge), and got kind of annoying.  

Anyway…if you aren’t bothered by annoying noises, and can weed through the self-congratulating diversions, there are actually helpful things in this book. I just can’t remember what any of them are.

Here is a link to the book on Amazon. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

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