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The Book of No Worries by Lizzie Cox

image1 (19)Oh how I wanted to love this book! I stumbled upon it in a children’s bookshop, randomly opened it to the pages dealing with adolescent anxiety, loved how it tackled explaining the experience of dealing with anxiety to young people, and assumed I would equally love how it tackled the other subjects covered inside of The Book of No Worries after requesting a copy from the publisher.

I found the general explanation of worries (how they occur, how they deviate for people who worry more than average, how to deal with worries, and when it’s time to ask help when the worries are too much) to be very good. I thought The Book of No Worries did a great job of making mental health issues like anxiety and depression accessible and recognizable to adolescents. However, I had some issues with the examples used in sections about specific worries (such as puberty, friends, body image, divorce, etc.). While I enjoyed the general overview about worrying, I think the highlighted specific issues are related to a certain type of childhood and would not be applicable, and perhaps even alienating, to those who do not have comfortable childhoods. Granted, I hope most kids who read this book are living comfortable lives, but I could see this being very condescending to a child who is navigating far rougher situations at home and in the world.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a digital copy of this book for free from QEB Publishing via NetGalley. All opinions expressed in the review are my own and have not been influenced by QEB Publishing or NetGalley.

Publication Date: 9 October 2018 by QEB Publishing. Format: E-book ARC.

Author: Lizzie Cox

Illustrator: Tanja Stevanovic behance

Nobody Cares by Anne T. Donahue

IMG_8739After subscribing to and thoroughly enjoying Anne T. Donahue’s newsletter That’s What She Said for the past couple of years, I was eager to get my hands on an ARC of her debut collection Nobody Cares. The book, which is a collection of her essays, reads like a series of her funny and heartfelt newsletters one after the other. Donahue’s newsletter typically covers navigating her own life and pop culture moments in today’s world as a young 30-something, but her essays in Nobody Cares primarily discuss her earlier years. Her early years are rife with being a moody adolescent and stories of her 20s where she cared a lot about appearances and who was “cool” and who was definitely not. While I really enjoy reading Donahue’s perspective now, I wasn’t as keen on stories from previous stages of her life. That said, some of the essays were perfection; the ones I enjoyed most were entitled “Anxiety, You Lying Bitch,” “The Least Interesting Thing,” and “While in the Awful.” If you wants some bite sized chunks of Donahue to get a flavor of her style before her books is released, check out her newsletter now!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a digital copy of this book for free from ECW Press via email. All opinions expressed in the review are my own and have not been influenced by ECW Press.

Publication Date: 18 September 2018 by ECW PressFormat: ARC e-book.

Author: Anne T. Donahue web/@twitter/@instagram/newsletter