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NYC gifted teen reviews 'The Gifted Teen Survival Guide'

A teen reviews a book for teens
A teen reviews a book for teens
Gifted Teen Survival Guide

On July 29, 2014, The Creativity Post published an Open Letter to Adults from a Highly Creative Child.

This post was not actually written by a creative child, unless said creative child is prone to backing up his or her thoughts with footnotes and a bibliography.

In other words, it was yet another attempt by an adult to describe the thought processes of a talented child. As a result, it was full of bromides about how such children shouldn't be asked to produce anything, meet deadlines, engage in some of the less than fun aspects of creativity, memorize the sorts of facts that lead to genuine artistic or technical breakthroughs (as opposed to blindly working on something that's already been created, but you can't be bothered to do the research to find out; that might stifle your creativity) and/or otherwise attempt to fit into the world or connect with peers, teachers and parents (because what of value could normal people possibly have to offer the creative?) . The world must always accommodate itself to fit you.

A similar sentiment is expressed in the book, The Gifted Teen Survival Guide by Judy Galbraith and Jim Delise. Once again, it is written by adults.

To counter the trend, please find below a review of The Gifted Teen Survival Guide written by a teen certified gifted by New York City metrics (be advised that many in the gifted community would counter that this child's ability to produce work actually proves that they are not gifted, but merely bright, as concrete accomplishments are to be dismissed as the result of banal hard work and not innate giftedness):

Reading The Gifted Teen Survival Guide by Judy Galbraith and Jim Delise, I learned that my delusions of superiority are well founded. These delusions prove that I am gifted. (Since every book review I've ever read has been snobby and pretentious, I would like to add my snobby and pretentious aside to this book review: I did not like the font. It was too juvenile and too blue. Also, the book’s size is annoying. This close attention to detail, according to the book, also shows how gifted I am!)

This book informed me that I am so very special, I should be able to have my intelligence quantified through various different metrics. If I don't meet criteria by one set of standards, fear not, if you look hard enough, you'll find another where I do meet the criteria!

From this book, I learned that I have the right to be emotional and intense, and that I should have a hard time relating to other people due to my high expectations and perfectionism.

My favorite part of the book was the "Gifted People Speak Out" section, where passage after passage was wrought with teenage angst and alienation. Like a self-help book, but up an obnoxious notch.

I discovered that it's okay to do poorly on tests. I am still gifted! I can be unmotivated and yet I'm still gifted! By the end, I had come to the conclusion that there is nothing I can do that would make me un-gifted, so let’s all be gifted together!

Did you know that there is a gifted bill of rights? Yes, a separate bill of rights, just for being gifted! It says that I have a right to know that I am gifted.

My apologies for the rambling nature of this review. I am too gifted to be forced to construct coherent paragraphs. My words can only be conveyed in the sprawling order in which they were thought. I'm too brilliant and too profound for any conventional sense of literacy.

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