How to silence your Inner Voice of Doom and let your true self shine!
Siobhan Curham is an award-winning novelist and life coach. She has written books for adults, young adults and children, including Shipwrecked and Dear Dylan (Egmont). When she isn't playing with words she can usually be found contorted on a yoga mat, listening to crackly music on vinyl or living out her Kids from Fame fantasies, training to become a dance teacher.
"In today's social media-crazed world, it can be hard to know the real person behind the tweets and the Instagram posts. Curham has written a charming text to inspire readers to 'unmask the real you.' Told in a chummy voice, the book encourages teens to figure out who they really are and develop a road map for a happy future. It can be so easy to accept that everyone's chirpy posts about what a fabulous time they are having or what a carefree existence they lead are a true reflection of their lives. But this is seldom the case. Life is messy, and nothing is ever perfect. This guide reveals to readers different ways to ignore constant external messages and embrace one's true face. The secret is letting the self shine, whether by bolstering one's body image or finding love. There are other titles with a similar message, but Curham's hits all the right notes--neither preachy nor too jokey. As the author says in the introduction, it is time to set aside the 'keep calm and carry on' motto and take up 'forget the fake and keep it real' as the new mantra. VERDICT U.S. readers are in for a back-to-school treat with this volume that was originally published in the UK. The positive message and cheery tone will make this title an instant hit with teens."- Elaine Baran Black, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta, School Library Journal