It was the subtitle that got me: What I Learned From Lighting Fires at the Dinner Table. That, and the fact that Blake Taylor was 17 years old when he wrote this memoir/guide to living with Attention Deficit Disorder with hyperactivity.
Having navigated through expulsion from preschool, a disastrous move in 6th grade, and the San Francisco Bay in a sail boat, Taylor offers advice on handling the obstacles many people with ADHD face (and, as an added bonus, why sailing into the San Francisco Bay without permission is a bad idea.)
Taylor organizes ADHD & Me by typical traits, with chapter headings like Being Bullied and Being Disobedient. Each chapter has three parts: a personal anecdote, a description of the cause and effect of the trait, and suggestion solutions. The anecdotes are sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and always well-written and insightful.
This would be a great book for parents and teachers dealing with ADHD, or for middle- or high school teens who tend to be disorganized or not to fit in with their peers. Taylor is young enough to be a peer to these kids, and successful enough (now in college at Berkeley) to be an inspiration.
The Soundtrack: Footloose, by Kenny Loggins.
You're playing so cool
Obeying every rule
Dig way down in your heart
You're burning, yearning for some
Somebody to tell you
That life ain't passing you by
Publication Info: 2007, New Harbinger Publications, 176 pages.