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


Baker & Taylor
Draws on surveys of academically advanced young adults to explore how being "gifted" has affected their relationships, educations, and views on the future, offering readers self-study strategies for navigating the world.

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Baker & Taylor
Draws on surveys of more than 5,000 academically advanced young adults to explore how being "gifted" has affected their relationships, educations and views on the future, offering readers self-study strategies for navigating a world that is not always open to diverse intellectual needs. Original.

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Book News
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 (booknews.com)

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Sourcebooks Inc.
Based on surveys with more than 5,000 gifted adolescents and young adults, "If I'm So Smart, Why Aren't the Answers Easy?" sheds light on the day-to-day experiences and stories of those growing up gifted. In their own enlightening words, teens share their experiences with giftedness, including aspects like friendships and fitting in with peers, school struggles and successes, worries about the future, and their family lives. By allowing teens to share their real-life stories firsthand, the book gives readers a self-study guide to the successes and pitfalls of being gifted teens in a world not always open to their unique and diverse needs. While reading, teens will be able to reflect on their own experiences through the engaging journaling and thought experiments included throughout the book, and their parents and teachers will enjoy hearing directly from other students about the topics their gifted teens face daily.

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