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John was a boy who grew up being called dumb and told he wasn't trying hard enough. Little did everyone know he had a learning disability called dyslexia. The book goes through the author's personal struggles during his childhood as he was picked on. Despite the troubles he goes through he never stops trying to be the best that he can be.
I immedietly was interested in John's story just for the simple fact that he grew up in Fullerton, California which is where I grew up as well. Following along his growth into young adulthood, amongst his peers, John does a great job at conveying to the reader how frustrated he felt. I could feel the anxiety seeping through the book as I read about him awaiting his acceptance into Berkley and Harvard.
This is a great book for those who have lost the motivation to keep going on with their academics. John can make anyone with a learning disability feel as if they can conqueror their disabilities or their obstacles. This book was not only enjoyable to read but a motivational-feel-good book that was impossible to put down. I really enjoyed the feel to John's writing style. I felt like we were old friends chatting about his growing up. I give this book 5/5.
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