Rebecca’s February Recommendation

Accelerated by Bronwen Hruska

accelerated“This novel focuses on Sean Benning, single father to 8-year-old Toby.  Toby attends the prestigious Bradley school in Manhattan, where everyone who is anyone has matriculated from.  The school is extremely competitive, breeding it’s students to be super-thinkers and part of the world elite.  Sean, however, is not like the other parents at this fast-paced and competitive school.  His in-laws are footing the bill, and he highlights as a tabloid journalist as he struggles to make his name in the art world.  When Toby’s teachers and his estranged wife start to pressure Sean to put his son on medication for ADD in order to keep up with his classmates, Sean at first refuses and then finally relents.  Toby’s initial reaction to the medication goes as expected–but then tragedy strikes.  Sean’s anger compels him (with the help of a sympathetic teacher–also the love interest in the novel) to delve deeper into the issue of medication at Bradley, and he soon stumbles upon a hornet’s nest of lies and conspiracy that he is determined to expose to the rest of the world.  This is a great book to read if you are in between novels and want something fun, fast-paced, and intelligent.  Sean is a sympathetic and admirable hero, the romance is sexy and fun without overwhelming the rest of the story, and most importantly it truly does make a statement about the over-medication of this country’s youth.”

3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta

How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets by Garth Stein

The Heart Broke In by James Meek

3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

Better Than Normal by Dale Archer

The Trouble With Boys by Peg Tyre

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