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Book Review

Publisher's Note:

A Practical Guide with Activities to Help You Break Out of Depression and Anxiety Are you feeling stressed out, anxious, and alone? Do you stay up at night wondering if it will all work out? And how will you handle it when it doesn’t? Do you double down on your efforts to be smart enough, cool enough, able enough, only to make everything worse? Is anxiety sucking the life out of you? If you …

Overall Book Review:

The struggle with anxiety seems rampant and real among today’s upcoming generation so this title seemed particularly relevant.  The author, Jodi Aman, writes in a conversational style with plentiful emojis and hashtags.  The philosophy and approach is a positive one with a “you’ve got this” vibe.  The author does not subscribe to the idea that anxiety is something you have to live with your entire life, but rather you can crush it and you don’t have to let it define you.  That is a refreshing and hopeful message. 

The chapters are well-organized with plenty of hands-on exercises.  This book would probably work well for 7th/8th graders on up through high school.  There are lots of good ideas and advice in here to draw upon.

Although this review was of the eBook version, I did take a peek at sample pages from the paper version/workbook.  Because that format takes advantage of some typography layout choices that make the book more interesting and has places for journaling, I suggest picking up a paper copy.

Review of an Digital Advance Reading Copy provided by the Publisher


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: None

Violence/Gore:  Report of how one patient suffered anxiety after a unit on WWII holocaust violence at school; brief section addressing cutting and thoughts of suicide with encouragement to get appropriate help; anecdote about how learning about the concept of death as a 5-year-old caused anxiety.

Sex/Nudity:  Brief statement encouraging any teen who has had a case of inappropriate touching to go to a trusted adult.

Mature Subject Matter:

Anxiety, depression, mental illnesses, suicide (brief), cutting (brief).

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Passing mention that some people turn to drugs as an outlet; brief mention/discussion on properly prescribed medication for depression and anxiety.

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An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!