Be You, Only Better: Real-Life Self-Care for Young Adults (and Everyone Else)

New World Library. Mar. 2021. 168p. pap. $15.95. ISBN 9781608687381.
Gr 6 Up–Self-care is celebrated and explored in Hugstad’s new book, which guides young people on a path of self-awareness and action toward healthy behaviors. With a mix of personal anecdotes, research, and accessible assignments, Hugstad shows teens how best to take care of oneself through physical, mental, social, emotional, and financial means. Every chapter is its own unique narrative—complete with stories of teens going through similar situations as well as checklists for completion, what the science says, sample logs and blank pages for writing, and fun facts along the way. This is a well-organized and well-researched book that gives a positive spin to all of these activities. From identifying healthy relationships to helpful tips for managing time and money, teens will find a relatable and approachable format that will encourage them to celebrate and work toward their best selves.
VERDICT A great book for teens and adults that recognizes and acknowledges the power of self-care and the variety of ways it can be incorporated as a daily routine.

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