J.D. to J.D.

J.D. to J.D.: My Journey from Juvenile Delinquent to Doctor of Jurisprudence by [Brian D. Caplan]

Brian was born to parents who were ill-equipped to raise a child having been brought up in dysfunctional families themselves. At 10, his parents separated, leaving Brian with his mother whose life was plagued by the two-headed beast of depression and the search for a new romantic partner. The debilitating partnership between Brian’s morally-impoverished upbringing and the environments he grew up in set the boy on a path of self-destruction paved with depravities ranging from substance abuse to compulsive gambling, womanizing and a general lackadaisical attitude. Would a way back present itself or would Brian get lost on this path?

J.D to J.D by Brian D. Caplan is a memoir detailing the trajectory of the author’s life from childhood up to adulthood (the 70’s to the 2000’s). Caplan gives us more than a peek into his life. What he presents is a detailed chronicle of how he went from being a juvenile delinquent who was first arrested at the age of twelve to being a doctor of jurisprudence who enjoyed a productive career in law.

Caplan’s posture reveals that of deep introspection as he takes us through his topsy-turvy journey to redemption. He makes plain his grandest and littlest misadventures while pulling out valuable lessons along the way. For instance, he testified that some of his mischievous forays fitted him with skills that later came in handy as he began building a life for himself. This is a testament to the fact that in every cloud, there’s a silver lining or good things could come out of bad things.

I could also pick out other lessons using Caplan’s life as a reference point like the fact that if we looked closely, we would get to, as he puts it, “a fork in the road”, where life presents us with the opportunity to live differently. And we are to take this “fork in the road” and change our lives because we are lucky to have it and we may never encounter another chance. It sounds simple but it’s quite profound if you ask me. There’s also a section where Caplan lists the life lessons that guide him, which I loved. Although I enjoyed the book, I thought the experiences could have been arranged chronologically to make the book an easier read.

While I found Caplan’s lessons worth keeping, I was more enamoured by his impressive storytelling skills and humour which turns what would have been a dour narration of his experiences into a colourful and engaging one. It’s one thing to have a great story to tell, it’s another to tell it well and keep readers engrossed and Caplan excelled at this. I liked how he exposed us to his thrilling adventures as a lawyer in the entertainment industry and his encounters with various celebrities he represented. You’ll love many of the tales! If you love memoirs with a mix of thrilling accounts and deep themes then you’ll enjoy this book.

Pages: 271 | ASIN: B082XKLYZM

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Posted on April 14, 2020, in Book Reviews, Four Stars and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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