Breakthrough: how one teen innovator is changing the world is the nonfiction story of Jack Andraka, a science whiz kid who came up with a way to do early testing for pancreatic cancer. He is also gay which I say just because his coming out story plays a large part in this book and it could serve to be inspirational to kids who are wanting to or thinking about coming out. He also has a lot of experience, sadly, with being bullied, for his brains and his sexuality.
There is no doubt this kid is a genius. No doubt. And so in that way, he is not "typical" but this story, told in his own words, shows that he is a "typical" kid to whom others can relate if they have ever been the victim of bullying behavior. Even by some adults.
What's Going On Here?
There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.