235d9-countingtodcoverimageReviewed by Jessa Larsen

Nobody ever quite knew where to place Sam on the intelligence scale. On one hand, she rated a genius on IQ tests, on the other, she happens to be illiterate. This is what happens when a child grows up dyslexic. She can outsmart just about anybody, as long as she doesn’t have to read or write it out. Sam’s grown tired of it though, so when her mom packs up their life to move to another city, Sam decides against telling anybody new about her learning disorder. So far, it seems like a fresh start was exactly what Sam needed. She makes new friends with the smartest kids in school, meets a hunky valedictorian, and decides her new life at her new school is perfect. Her secret is safe… for now.

Kate Scott has made notes about how she, herself, is dyslexic and I found that both insightful and inspiring. Dyslexia has to be an extremely tough disorder to work with and would be quite the curve ball to throw at both author and editor. She mentions that she purposely used an alternate font rather than the standard for print so as to make it easier for dyslexic readers. This was another factoid that I found rather interesting. It does make sense in the fact that even editors will change to a default font for spacing and reading purposes. I was glad to note that the font chosen made it easy on the eyes for everyone, not just dyslexics.

Overall, Counting to D was a fun story with small insights scattered throughout as to what life might be like for a dyslexic person as they grow up and try to navigate through the school system. The various aspects throughout the actual education system mixed with the hurdles of teenage life were realistic and the book was fun to read overall. It was a simple, yet engaging story. I am interested (and hopeful) to see what else Kate Scott comes out with.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 dogs and a cat called Number One Boots Kitten. She is a full time mom and enjoys writing short stories in her spare time. She also likes watching anime, reading books, and playing video games.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by MindBuck Media. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.