Motivational and inspirational writer, Bryan Hutchinson is the author of several books about life with ADHD including the highly acclaimed, best selling "One Boy′s Struggle: A Memoir" and the author of the hilarious eBook that went viral "10 Things I Hate about ADHD"

Book Review: Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention by Katherine Ellison


I was extremely excited to read Buzz to say the least. I had heard of the book and had considered ordering it several times, but as you may know I have ADHD. Sometimes I forget to order stuff that I want, no matter how much I want it! Well, a short while back I met Katherine Ellison and before I knew it we were emailing each other back and forth discussing ADHD and our memoirs. I asked Katherine if she would like to give a signed copy of her book away on ADDer World, the ADHD Social Network. She replied that she would love to and sent me a copy right away. Uhm, again remember that I have ADHD, because I gave Katherine a goofed up address the book went back to her and she nicely, and ever so gently, let me know. I admitted my goof and corrected it (I wonder if I reminded her of her son, Buzz, in that instance?). She sent Buzz once again and I finally received it and have read the spellbinding, delightful book. However, it took me a while to actually start reading it. The book’s design is so captivating that it took me a while to stop admiring it. Yes, I know, distracted much? ADHD!

Buzz is a wonderful, fascinating book. Reading it was an incredible experience, as Katherine spares no details. I could literally feel her emotions through each written word. What was so fascinating to me was to read the details and experiences from a parent’s perspective. It revealed all the frustrations, the love and the concern that a mother has for her child, no matter how perplexing that child’s behavior may be. At the heart of this book is one mother’s advocacy for her child, trying everything she can in order to get a grip of her own ADHD, while also doing her best to find ways to help her child’s circumstances affected by not only his ADHD, but hers too.

Buzz is a very important book and as I’ve said so many times, the most helpful books I have read concerning ADHD have been from people sharing their real life experiences. We can all learn from each other and Buzz is one of those books that when you stop reading it, you keep thinking about it. I can’t recommend this book enough, especially for any parent or teacher of a child with ADHD. We can read every self-help book ever written about ADHD, but to really gain an intimate understanding and find ways that work in real-life scenarios, in my opinion, there is no other type of book that compares to the literal, unvarnished truth of someone’s experience.

If you have not read Buzz yet, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy soon. However, be warned that it is absolutely engrossing all the way through, from the front cover to the back cover! Next month this signed copy will be given away on ADDer World, the ADHD social network, so you might get lucky and win it. Still, don’t wait, go get yourself a copy of this fabulous book today!