Accelerated

Accelerated Every afternoon Sean Benning picks up his son Toby on the marble steps that lead into the prestigious Bradley School Everything at Bradley is accelerated rd graders read at the th grade level the

  • Title: Accelerated
  • Author: Bronwen Hruska
  • ISBN: 9781605983790
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Every afternoon Sean Benning picks up his son, Toby, on the marble steps that lead into the prestigious Bradley School Everything at Bradley is accelerated 3rd graders read at the 6th grade level, they have labs and facilities to rival most universities, and the chess champions are the bullies A single dad and struggling artist, Sean sticks out like a sore thumb amongstEvery afternoon Sean Benning picks up his son, Toby, on the marble steps that lead into the prestigious Bradley School Everything at Bradley is accelerated 3rd graders read at the 6th grade level, they have labs and facilities to rival most universities, and the chess champions are the bullies A single dad and struggling artist, Sean sticks out like a sore thumb amongst the power soccer mom cliques and ladies who lunch that congregate on the steps every afternoon But at least Toby is thriving and getting the best education money can buy Or is he When Sea starts getting pressure from the school to put Toby on medication for ADD, something smells fishy, and it isn t the caviar that was served at last week s PTA meeting Toby s issues in school seem, to Sean, to be nothing than normal behavior for an eight year old boy But maybe Sean just isn t seeing things clearly, which has been harder and harder to do since Toby s new teacher, Jess, started at Bradley And the school has Toby s best interests at heart, right But what happens when the pressure to not just keep up, but to exceed, takes hold When things take a tragic turn, Sean realizes that the price of this accelerated life is higher than he could have ever imagined.

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    1. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a highly impairing condition, associated with impulsivity, increased risk of substance abuse, risky sexual behavior,and increased risk of physical injury, just to name a few. By propagating the myth that this diagnosis is given to children who just have a harder time paying attention, this author is undercutting the validity of a condition which has a broad negative impact on the lives of those it affects. This author has no idea what she's talking abo [...]

    2. I was looking through the reviews of Hruska's beautifully written first book and realized that some readers don't see it as a novel (which it is), but rather as the author's Op-Ed on ADHD (which it is not). I can't imagine what I would conclude about Stephen King if I decided his protagonists were reflections of his personal philosophy, as opposed to the fruit of his creativity and hard work. I loved Accelerated. It's a novel about a father doing battle against a New York private school, which [...]

    3. Warning: This review is full of spoilers. It also contains quotes of a sexual nature, so if that kind of things offends you don't read this review.I thought I was going to like this book; I really WANTED to like this book. In reading the description, I found it contains elements that I like: it's about school, a snooty private school. My oldest son went to a private school from preschool-8th grade (only because at the time we lived in a place where the public school system stank) and I went to p [...]

    4. How far would you go to help your child get ahead at school? This is the question being put to Sean Benning. His son Toby is in third grade at the prestigious Bradley School. The outrageous tuition is being paid his wife's parents. When the wife takes off, Sean is left to pick up the pieces and take care of everything to do with Toby's education. When the school starts pressuring Sean to put Toby on ADHD medication, he balks at the idea, but reluctantly he gives in. He mistakenly believes that t [...]

    5. The best thing about this book is the author's name. Okay, maybe it's not that bad but it certainly could have been better. The sex is gratuitous, and unbelievable, the plot is so thin that it's see-through, and the ending is pat and trite. In addition, Hruska throws around a lot of factoids about ADHD and the drugs used to treat it as if she has researched it. Unfortunately she does not include sources for her information thus raising questions about their validity. This is just irresponsible. [...]

    6. Very much the work of a "Lifetime movie" scriptwritere "big crisis" occurs exactly 2/3 of the way through. The research is almost literally cut and pasted in, in the form of article titles, etc. The "reveal" of the private school's dark secret is preposterous, as is the ridiculously happy ending in absolutely every way for absolutely every major "good" character, and the bad end for all the "bad" ones that it boggles description. The relationship between the mentally ill mother and the main char [...]

    7. Children as resume: this book explores the pressure on parents from internal needs, social pressure, school, medical and psychologocal porfessional option/advice/influence an the potential consequences when things don't go according to plan. While I'll admit to finding Dad Sean's behavior wanting (he has no strong inner voice, seems baffled that he has grown up to be a father, husband, employee, has sex without thinking much about the consequences beyond the actual act) I also get that this is t [...]

    8. I am still not sure how I feel about this book. It makes me really want to do my homework on ADHD and ADD. And I question if this was a political and medical war cry disguised as fiction. How true are all the facts spouted in the book and could this really happen? Maybe and probably does already. It definitely makes one question the use of psychotic drugs in children and this ideal of pushing our kids to the limits of academic achievements. Not sure I really cared about the characters, but I cou [...]

    9. I feel so lucky I got to read this book in galley way before all the press about it started--it's fun watching everybody else start discovering something you already know is pretty great. The story is definitely entertaining and page-turning, but aside from the fact that this book is a great read, the eye-opening factor is very high. The reality of prescription drug usage against the backdrop of an education system that overburdens students, teachers, administrators and parents is something that [...]

    10. Interesting premise. Main character well-enough drawn. But VERY poorly edited. Limited vocabulary -- people "whine" too much. Misspellings galore: for example, a song does not have a baseline; it has a BASS LINE. A large group of beings is not a hoard; it is a HORDE. Inconsistencies in narrative: When the main character is upset on the phone, he opens the conversation by "screaming"; later on he is just "almost shouting" at her. It's irritating. And I'm SICK of books where characters meet, screw [...]

    11. This was just not a good book. I decided to give this a shot because the subject--over-medication of kids at swanky NYC private schools--seemed pretty interesting, but the story definitely didn't live up to it. What went wrong? The whole thing just wasn't believable. The author seemed to have a hard time nailing down how an 8-year-old kid should act, making the kid seem more like a 5 year old in some spots but with the maturity of a high schooler in others. The grandparents were one-dimensionall [...]

    12. Bronwen Hruska spins a great tale here that -- especially if you are a parent, and even more so if you are a parent of a boy -- will get you thinking long and hard about how hard to push your kids and what to expect from them. Ms. Hruska has a lot of fun skewering the Manhattanites who send their charges to exclusive schools -- and you'll have fun reading about them -- but not too much fun; it's all rather disturbing, with a larger social commentary emerging about a culture increasingly disconne [...]

    13. This novel started out as a satire of Upper East Side schools, the students, and their parents. Then about halfway in, it turns into a child-drugging conspiracy. Having worked in schools, I found this premise totally believable . In my schools, there are large numbers of children on ADD meds, and each classroom has at least four personal monitors to assist these children. I enjoyed BOTH parts of the book. The second half was a tense, gripping tale about unraveling a conspiracy. As I said before, [...]

    14. Despite being released in tasteful hardcover, this is the same kind of trashy thriller as The Select, with an evil private school instead of an evil med school. It actually reads as a pretty good parody of that type of book, which I can only hope was the author's intent.

    15. Stereotypical chick lit crammed with a heavy-handed, fairly preachy message about how society is overmedicating kids for ADD/ADHD. I don't have a problem with the message itself, but the book isn't particularly well written.

    16. Really important topic, private schools pushing parents to get students evaluated for ADHD diagnosis in order to get them on ADD drugs to raise their academic performance but not very well written.

    17. Two stars because I finished it. Who has sex after they learn that their child was drugged strictly for academic superiority?Ellie is an awful, one dimensional character with no redeeming qualities. There is a case study lodged 2/3rd of the way through the book - literally a whole scenario trying to disguise a lecture. The coherency and stream of consciousness review mirrors the books but with a more vast vocabulary.

    18. David vs.GoliathInteresting story with some information on social situations that are heard about on occasion but likely more common than believed. Big pharmaceuticals are the villains and children are the victims, but with a happy ending out of the 1950’s.

    19. Booooooooo. I saw this on the "recommended" table of my local bookstore and they usually have pretty great new fiction spread out that might not get the same recognition at a chain bookstore. I've always picked up great books I wouldn't have otherwise found, but this one was a total dud. Why was it on the table, then? Because it takes place in my neighborhood so I'm assuming the author lives there (assuming because she did very little research on most things but the research about 110th and Broa [...]

    20. 4.5 starsI am a public school kid all the way. Public elementary, junior high, high school, college, and graduate school. In-state tuition! Holla!!!I even teach at a public school. So private school is something of a a foreign entity to me. I hear the stories of elitism, parents who buy their kids out of trouble and into swanky private universities, spoiled brats who aren't as smart as they think they are. But how much of that is clouded by public school jealousy over private school perks?This n [...]

    21. Virtually plucked from the headlines, Accelerated explores the pressures on schools and students to meet performance standards. And the lengths to which some of them go to achieve the impossible.Including drugging children who don't quite measure up.Sean Benning, suddenly a single parent, is struggling to cope with his wife's abandonment, his son's grief, and The Bradley School - an Upper East Side elitist academy where learning is accelerated and performance is everything. Add in a crappy job w [...]

    22. In the fast-paced city of New York, the learning of the students at Bradley School is just as fast-paced. Eight-year-olds compose music, write essays, do algebra too advanced for their parents, and dine on salmon and lamb in the cafeteria, which is adjacent to the state-of-the-art computer lab. The school seeks to educate the next generation of high-powered politicians, scientists, major league athletes, and high society figures. All they can offer is the best that money can buy, and money is so [...]

    23. A lot is expected from children these days. Actually, let me change that: Everything is expected from children these days. Even advertising for them is centered on faster, stronger, brighter, and smarter. That is the pre-requisite it seems of having a child and amidst all this I have often wondered how schools have changed. From what they used to be to what they have become. I often think children are not what they used to be – there are a lot of areas to cater to – studies, sports, and the [...]

    24. Via NetGalleySean's wife, Ellie, left him and their eight-year-old son, Toby, four months ago. Sean and Toby are getting by, but Sean is under pressure from the Bradley school - an expensive, exclusive, elite private Manhattan prep school (Toby's tuition is paid for by Ellie's parents) - to have Toby evaluated for ADD/ADHD and put on medication. Neither Sean nor Toby's tutor, Noah, nor Toby's new teacher, Jess Harper, think Toby needs the meds, but the school keeps pushing, and eventually Sean c [...]

    25. I guess this is just a personal pet peeve, but I wanted to take a red pen and cross off all the modifiers in this book. Here are some examples from just three paragraphs at the beginning of the first chapter:mirroredlongingglowed like a visionsuddenoverdressedgrowled (OK, this is a verb, but come on)tannedshiny whiteall-whitedarkdrunkertightdesignerfittedgoldstrangelybaretwo scoops of cleavage being offered on the gold tray of her dressThis is followed by a weird sex scene between the protagonis [...]

    26. I just finished reading Accelerated: A Novel by Bronwen Hruska and although it was enjoyable I am not quite sure if the book was to bring on a point of private school systems, kids bring misdiagnosed with ADD and ADHD, or how being a single father is really hard. Either way the storyline about the medication was really interesting as I have no experience with private schools and how they would want to push their students to being the "best that they can be".Sean Benning is separated from his wif [...]

    27. I normally like spoofy books about NYC upper crust. This book is not exactly that, although the cover makes it seem that way. It had some elements of that, but also had a serious story behind it. I think that's why I thought it was only OK - it was neither here nor there.I enjoyed the parts of the book that explored the characters grappling with what it means to be part of an elite private school, the problematic choice of public or private school in NYC, and not really fitting in anywhere when [...]

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