Young Adult - Action
353 Pages
Reviewed on 12/23/2014
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Author Biography

Ted Galdi is the author of the bestselling novel Elixir, which he published in 2014 at the age of twenty-nine. The book is a winner of a Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award and a Silver Medal in the Readers' Favorite Book Awards.

Ted is a graduate of Duke University and lives in Los Angeles. He has been featured by ABC and FOX television, iHeartRadio, Examiner, and many other media outlets.

To learn more about him, contact him, and receive updates about releases and special events before anyone else, visit his official website at www.tedgaldi.com.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite

Elixir by Ted Galdi introduces us to 14-year-old Sean Malone. Sean is special; he is incredibly smart with an IQ of over 200, and he has already earned a full ride to a top university. Not only that, but he has been on Jeopardy and has won over a million dollars from that streak. With these great things at his finger tips, Sean's only wish is that he was just normal. There is a down side to being as smart as he is - the biggest part being the US government using him to break codes. This leads to a great deal of change in his life, including personal security and a move to Rome.

This is a true coming of age story with a twist. Most of the coming of age books I read do not involve super smart teenage boys. I cannot imagine Sean's crazy life and I certainly found myself feeling for him. He just wants a normal life, but everything that he keeps getting pushed into is about as far from normal as you can possibly get. Ted Galdi keeps the pace going throughout this book and the pages truly seem to fly by. I felt there was a lot of content and it was a great read. I personally read this one twice just to make sure that I got everything. If you truly want a different and enjoyable coming of age story, this is one I would recommend. It is perfect for adults and young teens alike.