Smart but Scattered--and Stalled: 10 Steps to Help Young Adults Use Their Executive Skills to Set Goals, Make a Plan, and Successfully Leave the Nest

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This review is going to be especially applicable to parents of a certain age. Remember when reading What to Expect While You’re Expecting was your go-to book? Fast forward to today, and this is the replacement. Maybe you have kids that went away to school, graduated and landed back in your home. Or you have kids who graduated and never really left or some other version of the story that emerges after you get together with old friends for a drink or two. It’s happening all around us, and we all seem flummoxed over the right course of action.

Dads seem to lean into the hardcore and Moms are usually the softer touch, and these twenty-something kids have learned to get what they want from all of us. Not that it’s all their fault, it’s sort of a perfect storm that this generation is navigating. Do they need a degree? Should they follow their bliss? You can’t blame them for being confused by the whole new paradigm.

This book though- it’s gold.

You’ve got checklists, quizzes, and resources for both you and your kid. The best part? The co-author is the real-life stuck kid of the author. This isn’t some tough love book, but it does point out ways that you may have made it easy for your kid to feel so safe at home that leaving isn’t appealing.

This is a book that you can use together to make a plan that fits your situation and helps you to implement that plan as well.

I read it on my kindle but have it preordered for the January release date.

Please note that I received a free advance E ARC of this book from Edelweiss without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.

Smart but Scattered--and Stalled: 10 Steps to Help Young Adults Use Their Executive Skills to Set Goals, Make a Plan, and Successfully Leave the Nest by Richard Guare, Colin Guare and Peg Dawson

Small Procedural Note

A small note to my readers:

When I was powering through five books a week, I kept careful track of release dates and tried not to publish reviews very far in advance. Now that I’m down to three or fewer books a week and my writing projects, I plan on being a bit laxer.

Any actual books that show up in the mail get precedent first, but my Kindle reading is more along the lines of which book captures my fancy. So you may see a review for a book published two months ago and a book that won’t be released until 2019 in the same week.

 I’m also not reviewing anything that I didn’t like and that includes permitting myself to mark it DNF. (did not finish) My Mom raised me to be polite, and I can crank out 250 nice words about any book, but I don’t want to anymore. If the review is here, I liked it and thought that enough of you would like it too. If it isn’t- shoot me a message and ask about it. You may love it, that’s why there are so many, many books- there is something for everyone.

I’m looking at from the point of view that I am busy, this is my hobby and that I’m about to be an author myself and am aware of how bad reviews can be hurtful. That is never my intention. This page is merely a way for me to give back to the many homeschoolers who guided and gave me ideas back when I had a houseful of kids and could not keep up with new release titles. Now I can get them to read so that some of you don’t have to.

Blitzball

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Creepy vibes to the WW2 extreme in this original dystopian YA story. “Addie” is a teenage soccer player in Reichfield which is an all-white suburb in the middle of nowhere USA. The soccer team often plays the next town over whose players are ethnically diverse. Addie and his friends were all raised to be white supremacists.

There are some issues, and it turns out that Addie is a genetic clone of Adolf Hitler and he lives in a Truman Show situation. Addie isn’t all bad, but he is no saint. It’s an exciting premise and not for the younger end of the YA audience. I would say high school and up.

So, besides the mature themes who else will like this?

World War 2 buffs, kids who love to think about all that kind be done with DNA, soccer players, kids who know German (lots of German swearing in this)

My only complaints are some seriously dark moments which I think are necessary but hard to read and the fact that it took so long for Addie to figure out what was going on. To balance that I’d say that in spite of all that there were many dark laugh out loud situations.

Blitzball by Barton Ludwig

November 12, 2018

How to Fracture a Fairy Tale

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I jumped at the chance to read this early. I love all fairy tales, even those who have been re-imagined with new endings. Jane Yolen is a masterful storyteller and keeps the stories dark yet charming which is a difficult balance. There are stories from Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm, Native American stories, Greek Mythology, Japanese folk tales, Celtic mythology and more.

They remind of the old Fractured Fairy Tales. There is a Snow White located in West Virginia, and many other tales from around the world. I read an advance copy on my kindle and I’m pre-ordering it to add it in to our geography studies.

How to Fracture a Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen

November 15, 2018

November 5, 2018