20 March 2009

A Different Life; Quinn Bradlee

A Different Life: Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures A Different Life: Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures by Quinn Bradlee

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wish I'd liked this book more - Quinn's tale of what it was like growing up with VCFS is interesting and his "voice" is engaging. Part of my problem is that he is the son of Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee, so his story is also that of a rich child with VCFS and parents that could afford good treatment, good schools, etc. (not that it always turned out good for Quinn socially). It's admirable that he wants to be so open and honest about his life to help us understand what it is like to not be "normal", but by virtue of his birth he'd never have been "normal".

Still, his descriptions of being learning disabled and the struggles he (and others) go through will help those of us that aren't on that curve understand, and thus have a positive impact on those less economically fortunate than he.

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