ARC kindly provided by Bloomsbury Publishing Australia in exchange for an honest review.
‘Concentr8’ IS REAL!! Oh my goodness! I was so shocked when I found out! This is a heads up to those who may start reading thinking it is a figment of the author’s imagination. (Like I did.)
I feel like this novel was one big dramatisation of every single kid out there who “suffers” from ADHD. Like, the WHOLE ENTIRE STORY was cemented in the issue of the ADHD pandemic that is sweeping the world. I didn’t like it. Frankly, ADHD IS a problem but this novel just made such a big deal out of it; a BIGGER deal than it has to be.
And what puzzled me the MOST was the rave reviews the novel received from establishments like the Gaurdian and Daily Mail. I really don’t get them.
‘Concentr8’ is a novel about five kids who are diagnosed as ADHD and are given a medication called Concentr8. Unfortunately, for them, the government banned its production due to the negative health effects it’s had on children and adolescents. However, Concentr8 was the medication that almost everyone with ADHD was on, so its ban meant that all these kids and teenagers are going wild. And the whole community goes crazy, too. (I really don’t know why. Realistically, it’s only the kids and teens who are affected. Why, all of a sudden, grown people are doing random stuff such as smashing windows, stealing stuff and breaking law? I have no idea.)
This novel also questions whether ADHD is real or not. Whether it’s just a disease made by people who want profit from this “disorder”. It explores the historical background of ADHD and the reasons why the author believes it’s all a lie. I quite liked this. I have previously heard of the reasons why ADHD may not exist and was curious to see what would come of this novel. Nothing good it seems. I didn’t really like the approach that was taken to exploring this issue.
There was one aspect of the novel that I did quite like. It was how the author put his story together. There were so many interesting perspectives. Mayors, journalists; the five kids. They all had their roles and chapters in the novel. But William Sutcliffe also explored the complexity of friendship and leadership in teens. He very clearly described how often adolescents get carried away and into trouble often because of the overpowering influence of their friends. Or, more particularly, their one, charismatic, “leader” friend.
This is definitely a thought provoking read. And very quick to finish.
Congratulations to William Sutcliffe on the publication of ‘Concentr8’!
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!