Book Review | Counting to D
*I received a copy of this book for review, but was not compensated financially in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based solely on my experiences while reading this book.*
Title: Counting to D
Author: Kate Scott
I’m extremely impressed with Scott’s ability to capture the struggle that Sam experiences with dyslexia. I wasn’t even a quarter of the way through the book before I had to skip ahead to the ‘About the Author’ section to find out if Scott was dyslexic. She had just captured so well the thoughts and feelings of Sam. I was even more impressed when I read that Scott is, in fact, dyslexic. This book is thought out, well written, and very good.
There are so many things I liked about this book. I liked the pacing, I liked Sam’s two best friends that she had to leave behind. I LOVED that it took place in Portland as I lived there for a decade. And Powell’s, my favorite bookstore of all time, was visited twice during the book. Scott really captured the essence of Portland.
I also liked that in Sam’s effort to have a ‘normal’ teenage life, she created an even better life for herself. Normal is highly overrated and the book shows that. I think this is a great read for any teenager to read to help them understand that we’re all different, and that’s a good thing. It’s so easy to focus on our short comings and not celebrate what we’re really good at. Or recognize that we have skills that not everyone else has. Sam was dyslexic and all she could see was the fact that she couldn’t read. She didn’t understand that the ways she had figured out how to cope were impressive and something that made her unique and helped make her who she is.
I would have liked having a friend like Sam in high school. We could have been unusual and unique together, because most people are. I wish I could continue on Sam’s journey with her. I’m thinking a book following her Junior year would be awesome.