Monday, February 7, 2011
BUZZ by Katherine Ellison (Book Review)
OK~ I had the opportunity to review the book BUZZ, written by a Mom of a 12 year old son, nicknamed Buzz. It did not take me long to realize that I could have written this book. The similarities were unbelievable. I believe I was maybe on page three when I felt like I was looking in a mirror. My husband and I had always described our youngest son as search and destroy- the most strong willed boy you will ever meet. Well, I must say Buzz, gave our Garrett some hefty competition!
Just like the author of this book, Katherine, I too took both of my boys to numerous doctors for "that" diagnosis. After all, the Kindergarten teacher told me after our oldest son had 17 "Pink Slips" that he needed to be checked for ADHD. So, I hauled him to the clinic and the Dr. looked at my son and I.....and then asked me, "Meds for school, daytime, summertime- When would you like Ritalin to take effect?" I explained to him that I was not there for medication, I was searching for help, as the Kindergarten teacher had suggested,needless to say; we left that office and never returned....An eye opener for this Mom...young and naive! Oh, trust me, I am not as naive now, in regards to ADHD, ADD, and ODD...Yep, my boys have been labeled with all of the above at some point in their lives....
On to this book~ I highly recommend this book to every parent, grandparent, day care provider, teacher- quite frankly, anyone that deals with kids. Buzz's Mom took one whole year of her life to document her son's behaviors, her own behaviors, her bout with thyroid cancer ( how I can relate), her dealings with medications, her son's school, and the list goes on and on.
Once I started reading, I did not want to put this book down! I honestly feel Katherine is not alone in her battle. Society says our kids need a label.....Why? Katherine worked with some awesome people over the course of this year and continues to. She shares her honest observations and experiences through her writing. And you might laugh out loud a few times; I know I did! I know many parents will feel like I did...kind of like looking in a mirror as I read this moving book.
If you want to make a positive difference in the lives of the young people around you...I highly recommend that you take the time to read this book. You can order this book through the author's website...Katherine Ellison. Just released, October 5, 2010~ BUZZ is a book that you will want to read and it just may help you make a connection with that young person in your life!
*I did receive a copy of the book BUZZ for review purposes. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post or review. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's.