Author: Gordon Korman
Genre: Fiction – Young Adult
Erin’s teaser synopsis: Obviously, this book is a about a student who is categorically ungifted. Hence the title. In fact, he’s one of those kids who turns into every teacher’s worst nightmares at the drop of a hat. But somehow, he ends up
Why I relate to it: I’m a current teacher of “regular kids” and a former gifted student.
Judgement call: It’s shallow and not worth your time. Harsh, yes. But true, nonetheless. I was really excited to be reading a book about students who are ungifted, expecting a triumph, but what I found instead were two-dimensional characters all around, with the exception of one (Noah, a gifted kid who’s desperate to fail out). The teachers wanted to oust Donovan because they didn’t know how to deal with him (as a non-gifted student or, more accurately, a student who tested as gifted but shows no actual evidence of ability), the regular kids were all stereotypes, the sister was an annoyed sibling, the gifted kids were just plain gifted with little character development…honestly, it was a pretty predictable and useless read. I was disappointed. But I guess we can’t all be winners, huh? The title of this book defines it.
I’m not even leaving you the link, because I don’t think it’s worth anyone’s time. Sorry, not sorry.