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Friday 16 July 2010

Review: I Just Want To Be Me

Holly isn’t happy. She’s trying, but things are bad at home and at school, and all she can see is grey. And she has tried telling people that things aren’t so great for her, but all they do is brush her off.

What is she to do? Keep stumbling along feeling unhappy? Convinced she is not good enough?


With a visit from a helpful bird, Holly begins to understand more about herself and the feelings she is having. She learns how to control those feelings and turn them around to see the best in life instead of all the greyness and monsters; to not be drowned by the negative thoughts. She is shown that simply drifting through life is not enough, and that she can be happy by simply being… Holly.

Using the theories of a branch of cognitive-behavioural therapy (known as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), psychologists Timothy and Sandra Bowden take us along with Holly as she learns to like herself. And young readers discover that they are not the only ones feeling this way.

The important message of this book can help young people experiencing a range of difficulties, including anxiety, bullying, disability and abuse.

And it’s done in a fun way, with the use of cartoon strips, bright colours and a clean, easy-to-read layout that doesn’t clutter the brain any further.

This is a book that makes the resolution of some deeply serious and common issues accessible to older children and teenagers.

Title: I Just Want To Be… Me!
Author: Timothy and Sandra Bowden
Publisher: Exisle, $19.99 RRP
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781921497476
For ages: 10 - 14
Type: Self-help