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4.57  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  33 reviews
From the reflective pen of talented author Nico J. Genes comes the true story of discovery, friendship and unconditional acceptance.

Spirited youngster Peter has a burning hunger and zeal for life. He runs between activities as excited as a kangaroo in an open field. However, his joy is not typically matched by those around him. They look upon him with furrowed brows and di
Paperback, 209 pages
Published April 13th 2019 by Amazon Digital Services LLC
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Clemens Schoonderwoert
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This lovely humane non-fiction book is about the author's real life-experience when she meets her (new) friends Mom, Eliza and her son, Peter, and both are suffering from ADHD, the son some more than his mother, and that's why this story is more focussed on Peter.
It's a really enjoyable non-fiction book to read about this boy, Peter, who has ADHD, and about his functioning in life in general as well as with people, and how he's trying to deal with it all.
The story is a relaxing but at the same t
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Nico Genes has written a heart-warming story of friendship, of love, of support and acceptance from the point of view of the friend. This true story will resonate with those who know of or have ADHD and understand the stigma often associated with it.

The things anyone with ADHD needs is acceptance for being different, patience for those uncontrollable differences and an environment where they can grow to their full potential. Parents of a child with ADHD know the stress, the f
Nico Genes
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote it and it's hard to think less of my own book:)

This isn't a review though, as I'm the author, but I'm going to use this space to thank my two friends with ADHD.

You both enriched my life at so many levels, and I don’t think I will ever be able to thank you enough. The words that would capture the depth of my feelings haven’t been invented yet.

***Currently my true story is available for 3.99$***
FREE with Kindle Unlimited
Benedict Stuart
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Yes, life is beautiful indeed. We need to find beauty wherever we are.
Whatever the situation, we are humans after all and should accept our differences, uniqueness, various or unusual talents etc.
Very impressive firsthand experience with little kids that are to be raised in a supportive, friendly environment. A daunting task in itself when being surrounded by hostility, misconceptions and narrow-mindedness.
Overall, quite philosophical, educational, uplifting and emotional.
Highly recomm
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are a lot of children diagnosed with ADHD who are attending regular schools and living with parents who are doing the best they can. This is a true story about a mother and her son who faced the daunting task of surviving in a world that does not understand the full extent of ADHD and its effects on the family. This book is written from the standpoint of love and compassion, of understand and caring. By writing this book the author is bringing ADHD to the forefront, it’s giving people an o ...more
Winifred Morris
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was captivated by this book. It grabbed me and didn’t let go until I had reached the end. It is a powerfully emotional story of the author’s experience with a woman friend and her son who are sometimes warm and sweet, and sometimes very irritating. The author does a terrific job of pulling the reader into incidents that overwhelmed her, especially when the boy didn’t appreciate something she had done for him. Then she would become angry and behave badly herself. This, of course, is what can ha ...more
Bernard Jan
ADHD: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL is a warm, gentle and beautifully told true story of a boy adored by his mother and bullied by his friends and judged by others because of being different. It is a touching and emotional testimony of true friendship which endures everything, knows no boundaries, and keeps promises of a happier future. By telling us about her little friend Peter, the boy suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Nico has unlocked our hearts and poured her love into them so w ...more
Lynn Lawler
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story is told from the third person and is from the author's point of view. Eliza and her son Peter and friends of the author/narrator. The author/narrator writes about how Eliza and Peter's friendship positively changed her life.

Eliza can be short-tempered and abrupt when she feels uncomfortable. She does off the wall things that no one can explain. At the same time, she has a great heart and is very dedicated and loving to her son, Peter. Her stubbornness gets in her way at times. She som
Ann Birdgenaw
Feb 27, 2022 rated it really liked it
ADHD: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL by Nico Genes is a sweet, non-fiction story based on her own life; and a lesson to us all to look beneath the surface to find something wonderful. Nico’s friend Eliza and her son Peter are struggling with ADHD, but what does this label really mean? To most people it imparts a negative impression of someone who can’t control themselves, is badly behaved or not intelligent; sometimes all three. This is the stigma Peter deals with as an energetic, spirited child who is full ...more
Kaia Misk
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
ADHD Life is Beautiful by Nico J. Genes follows the story of a boy named Peter and his mother, Eliza. From Peter’s earliest years in school, he exhibits behavior that is different from others. Yet, he is very intelligent. Eliza is constantly concerned about Peter. The impact of his behavior made him unpopular with both children and adults in their small town. Eventually, Peter is diagnosed with ADHD.

The author tells a very personal story here. I do not know any children with ADHD and, therefore,
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A bit sad but funny and heart-touching story. I can relate to it. Wish I could meet Peter and Eliza in person. I'd love to see how their lives goes on. ...more
Bruce Perrin
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Share in this author’s true story of discovery – of ADHD and of herself

In the book ADHD: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, author Nico Genes shares her story of meeting and befriending a single mother and her young son. It chronicles her early experiences with them, marked by frayed nerves, exhaustion, and hurt feelings when the child can’t seem to focus or hold still for more than a few moments. It also describes some unacceptable behavior by a teacher and a principal. Hopefully, that section represents an is
Joshua Grant
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nico Genes highlights the struggle and beauty in what is different with ADHD: Life is Beautiful! Young Peter struggles to find acceptance, both societal and institutional, because of his ADHD. Join Peter, his mother, and author Nico in a beautiful and realistic look at a human difference and the reaction to it. Genes’ novel is realistic and touching, brought to life by her powerful descriptions! This one will make you feel something (I certainly cried a couple times within it)! If you want to ta ...more
Judy Ferrell
Oct 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This marvelous story by Nico J. Genes is all about acceptance. it shows us all that each person is different and we are unique but liveable in that difference. A great read for everyone!
David Øybo
Aug 10, 2022 rated it really liked it
As someone who has previously read Nico J. Genes’ two excellent novels from her ‘The Reverie’ series I must (unfortunately) quite honestly say that her non-fiction true story called ‘ADHD: Life is Beautiful’ about her close friendship with Peter and his mother left me just a little disappointed. Of course, this is not at all the authors ‘fault’ but more about my personal expectation towards a work of non-fiction centered on ‘Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder’ written in 2019. At its very ...more
Píaras Cíonnaoíth
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sharing a journey of discovery...

ADHD is a mental disorder which causes behavioral issues. A lot of people think that individuals with ADHD can't pay attention but the thing is, they can sometimes pay too much attention - paying attention to the wrong things or a lot of things at once. They also have a lot of energy. So, there's a lot of fidgeting and they can't keep still. They usually have difficulties following instructions. They get distracted a lot, so it means that they don't finish things
Andrew Gracey
Apr 18, 2020 rated it liked it
ADHD: Life is Beautiful is a memoir by the author which tells of her friendship with Eliza and Peter, a mother and son who both struggle to diagnose and understand ADHD but never lose their unbreakable bond. Along the way it deals with the social difficulties of managing such a disorder and the constant strains it puts on the people that surround them.

Eliza and Peter (and Nico, of course) are all extremely likeable people, and the author quickly establishes just how strong their relationships ar
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
ADHD: Life Is
A short and gripping read, ADHD: Life is beautiful is a heart-warming story, based on true events. It makes us question why we as individuals are too quick to judge others? It compels the readers to introspect why must they expect people to align with their notions of right and wrong when it is a widely accepted fact that subjective concepts like ‘good’ or ‘bad’ cannot be objectively defined.

The book does not only share the author’s experiences with her two best friends as they fin
Trish Butler
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A sweet story about seeing the best in a child who is struggling

“ADHD: Life is Beautiful” is a true story of Nico befriending Peter, who suffers from ADHD, and his mother.

This is not only a story about Nico who sees the best in Peter despite his struggles with ADHD, but also her friendship with Peter’s mother Eliza. In fact, that’s how the story begins, with Nico and Eliza. Do not underestimate the importance of a friend who loves your ‘difficult’ child, accepting you both for who you are.

At fir
L.L. Shelton
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Georgiana Popa
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading Nico's book I remembered of a time when I was working with children with mental issues and I can understand now that I didn't have the patience they require, probably that's why I gave up. This book opened my mind about dealing with children with ADHD and my conclusion is that LOVE is the answer to any question you may have about it. I understand the struggles of the parents and their worries and disappointment: "When he is happy, there is no one happier than him, and when he is sad, the ...more
Jenny Graves
Feb 20, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t had much experience with people who have ADHD, so this was quite an eye-opener. I was amazed and touched by how tolerant Nico was with Peter and his mother Eliza, who both have the disorder.

I loved the way that the book was written, especially the two parts towards the end, where she wrote from the perspective of Peter and Eliza. It was fascinating to read their thoughts. There were a few parts in the book that really touched me, especially the cruelty that Peter’s classmates and teac
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a nonfiction story about a woman (Nico) who befriends a single mom (Eliza) with a young boy named Peter. Peter's behavior is challenging at times, like many young kids but at the same time he is engaging. When he begins school, his unique behavior alienates him from the other children and many of the adults. He doesn't act like the other children. They can't see the boy Nico has come to love—a bright and intelligent child who needs a little extra patience, nurturing and acceptance.

Amanda Stuntz
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
An interesting read

A memoir about the authors friendship with Eliza and Peter, who both have ADHD.
Peter constantly gets blamed for the bad behavior of other children. He gets bullied and beat up. His teachers choose not to try to understand or help him.

This is a touching story about a mother and sons ability to cope with the struggles of life and the judgment of others.

The author does a good job of letting us see how life is through the eyes of someone with ADHD. And how people who don't know th
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story based on true events, is a sweet, delightful look at one person's experience with a child who has ADHD. It isn't so much about diagnosing it, or treating it, as much as it is simply about the author's experiences and friendship with this boy and his mother as she learns to relate to a boy whose behavior is different that what we might call normal. The basic message that I got from the story, is that we should accept people as they are, and not try to force them to behave in a way that ...more
Denis Roubien
Mar 03, 2022 rated it really liked it
This is the story about the author's friendship with a boy with ADHD and his mother. Apart from the messages on friendship, acceptance, and the beauty of differences among human beings that makes the world more interesting, it has useful information on ADHD and how to deal with people who have it. The overall spirit of the book is very positive and optimistic and certainly much needed in our times. A book I would recommend to anyone in need of a positive message on human relations and acceptance ...more
Samantha Henthorn
Heartwarming non-fiction about young Peter who has too much energy to stand still, or walk in a straight line next to his mother. During the time of his ADHD assessment, he ends up teaching the adults in his life about patience, acceptance and friendship. An insight into the difficulties that parents can come up against.
David E. Miles
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable book about the story of Peter, a young boy with ADHD and his relationship with his Mother, Eliza and her friend Nico.

I found the story to be heart-warming in places and sad in others. It was great to read how the relationship between Nico and Peter developed but sad to see how he was treated by his peers and teachers.

All in all a nice story!
June Lehrer
May 14, 2022 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story about a boy with ADHD. The author shared her personal experience dealing with a young boy with ADHD. Life is beautiful indeed especially when you have a true friend. It is a relaxing and inspiring read. I have a son with ADHD as well, it really resonated with me. Great messaging of acceptance and love. Highly recommend.
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The emotion I felt throughout the story is the author’s desire to help her friends and bring ADHD closer to a wider population in a friendly, non-offensive way. Her gesture left me the most impressed.
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Nico J. Genes has traveled and worked with many exciting and unique people of different nationalities, religions, and sexual orientations, all of whom helped her understand diversity and accept everyone just as they are.

With her first two novels, Magnetic Reverie and Reverie Girl, she successfully broke the ice into writing. From her readers’ feedback and reviews, Nico can proudly say she has a so

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