Adolescence may not come with a user’s manual, but this resource offers information and practices that can help readers feel in control of their emotions, behaviors, and decisions.
In a friendly, encouraging tone, Chopra guides readers on a journey of self-discovery. The text is divided into three sections: “Know,” “Choose,” and “Take Action.” Within, readers will learn about their emotions and their impact on thoughts and behaviors, and they’ll find dozens of practices with which they can experiment to deepen their self-knowledge. The presentation of this material is notable in its approachability and its respect for its intended audience. The informational sections are brief, practices require no special materials, and consistent guidance is offered on when and how to reach out to trusted adults for help. Breaking up the text are line drawings that clearly express diversity through hair styles and facial features. Undoubtedly, some lessons will resonate with readers more than others. Some may balk, for example, at the emphasis placed on personal responsibility or at a practice that guides readers through the colors of unseen energetic centers in the body. However, with such a wealth of material from which to pick and choose, this resource stands out in offering something for everybody.
An empowering guide to finding more satisfaction and calm in life. (Nonfiction. 10-14)