Reviews for If I'm So Smart, Why Aren't the Answers Easy? : Advice from Teens on Growing Up Gifted

Book News Reviews
Schultz (gifted education and curriculum studies, U. of Toledo) and Delisle, who works with gifted teens as a teacher and counselor, detail the experiences of gifted teens and young adults, who share their stories, insights, advice, anxieties, and successes for other gifted teens. Along with summaries from the authors, they discuss what giftedness is, its pros and cons, and finding internal drive; issues with friends, peers, and fitting in; dealing with expectations, achievement, and perfectionism; school experiences; family life; thinking about the future; and common questions related to topics like college and loneliness. There is no index. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

School Library Journal Reviews 2013 March

Gr 7 Up--The authors surveyed more than 5000 students via the Gifted Kids Speak website to solicit responses about being gifted and to offer advice to other teens. Seven chapters cover topics such as, "What is giftedness?" friendships, expectations (parental, personal, and societal), how schools meet educational needs, family dynamics, and "A Look Toward the Future." After a brief introduction to each theme, the bulk of the chapters consists of quotes from respondents-identified only with their gender, age, and state-followed by an essay written by a gifted teen. "Your Turn" boxes, in which readers are challenged to reflect on their own feelings, are inserted throughout. The survey results are decidedly anecdotal, but reflect myriad personalities from confident to insecure, snarky to philosophical, athletic to sports-averse, regular gifted through profoundly gifted, happy and content to not. Gifted teens may enjoy browsing the topics in this book more than reading it straight through as the tone of the responses often veers negative and seems repetitive with prolonged reading. Still, there's something in this attractive volume for everyone, including parents, teachers, and nongifted students, who may gain some insight about their peers.--Brenda Kahn, Tenakill Middle School, Closter, NJ

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