Story Rating: ***
Cover Rating: D
While this book presents useful information on obtaining your goals and how to efficiently execute them, I felt it was very repetitive. It was as though the author simply repeated the same information in different words for the three to four paragraphs following an executable step, and I found that to be tedious. I did enjoy that the author included real life struggle-to-success stories, and found that information inspiring.
The cover, however, is not eye-catching and the only indication of what to find inside the pages is the title. Even for a non-fiction book, I think that more trouble could have been placed into creating a moderately-descriptive cover.
“Peer Pressure vs. True Friends” by Dr. Orly Katz addresses some very real issues that kids of all ages face in today’s society- well, that they’ve always faced, in all eras and societies. Peer pressure is a very real problem, and this book teaches kids how to deal with that problem without droning on and sounding like a text book. Between the worksheets and personal stories about the author herself, the book becomes a very personal, touching, sincere guide to overcoming peer pressure, and it gets kids started on working through it immediately. I’m going to save this book for that not-so-distant future when my own daughter will be able to read it, because the truth is that she’ll be able to put it to good use. I highly recommend this to parents of primary school students, primary school students themselves, or even teachers of primary school. Whether you believe your child/student needs this book or not, I can tell you that they will certainly benefit from it, beyond the shadow of a doubt.
*This review was written by Chelsea*
“Passions, Strengths, and Self Esteem!” by Dr. Orly Katz is basically an essential guide to surviving junior high. I enjoyed the book, and thought it contained some very good information. Although I haven’t been in junior high for many years, it hasn’t been so long that I don’t remember what it was like. This guide would have helped me tremendously during those years where instead, I sort of went it alone and figured it out as I went. My only issue with the entire book was that it seemed slightly more repetitive than necessary. That’s just me though, and remember that I’m a grown woman looking at this. I loved the personal stories and thought it made this a more insightful, personalized self help guide. I also thought the ‘worksheets’ made the point very clear, and it also gave kids a chance to really make the book personal- to think about what they were going to do, how they were going to do it, and why they were going to do it. I would recommend this book to anyone with children in junior high, and to junior high students, whether you think you/they need it or not.
*This review was written by Chelsea*
When I first began reading this book, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I knew that it would be a series of short stories, but I didn’t think that they would be told in a first-person manner, through the eyes (and experiences) of the author. I’m very glad that it did turn out that way, however, because I truly enjoyed reading it. It gave me the opportunity to reflect upon some of the things in my life, both good and bad, and think about ways in which I could either change or move on from the bad, and turn it into good as well. In the strangest way, I experienced a feeling much like those I felt when my own mother used to talk to me about the past experiences in her life. I have always enjoyed learning from the wisdom of my elders, and this book was just that. I highly recommend this book to any woman who needs a few words of wisdom in a way that doesn’t make you feel ‘talked down’ too. I’m glad I had the opportunity to read this compilation of short stories, and I think that you will be too.
*This review was done by Chelsea*