"John Rodrigues is an uplifting, rebellious voice who will strike a chord with anyone who has ever had a hard time marching in step in a culture of conformity. His book is not just about how John found personal success after growing up with severe learning differences (Dyslexia and ADHD), it's the story of his journey to accept himself by finding others labled 'disabled" or "not normal" who survived and even triumphed."
"High School Dropout to Harvard will save your life if a loved one, especially a child, is diagnosed with dyslexia. It is a confounding diagnosis for any parent to hear. This book will help you understand what it means and, more importantly, learn what you can do to help your child. It should be stocked in every educational psychologist's office, and it should be mandatory reading - it reads very well - for all teachers."
-Carolyn Swalina UC Berkeley DSP
John Rodrigues has written an inspiring and empowering story about his personal dyslexic journey. Young people who have dropped out of school or others who are thinking about returning to school will be encouraged by his honest recounting, light-hearted tone, and perceptive insights about his thinking style and advantages. -Brock & Fernette Eide "Authors, The Dyslexic Advantage"
"As sweet and funny and heartfelt a memoir as one could find."
-Karey & Howie DeGraaf dyslexicvictoriaonline.com
Ever since he was young, John D Rodrigues longed to be good at something, but by the time he was a teenager, his inability to sit still, the lack of volume control in his voice, and his unusual ability to break almost every drinking glass his parents owned-had earned him the label "social misfit."
It was not until he was thirty and diagnosed with a learning disability (Dyslexia and ADHD), that he understood why he did things in such an unusual and creative way. That understanding transformed the way he saw himself-and the world. A great storyteller, Rodrigues has written a moving, darkly funny memoir about a life that has taken him from creating elaborate sculptures out of ice to being accepted by Harvard University to building a family of his own. It's an unexpected, sly, indelible account-sometimes peculiar yet always deeply human.