It’s All Love: Reflections for Your Heart & Soul

Random. Jan. 2021. 240p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780593174562.
Gr 7 Up–Eighteen-year-old Latina actress Ortega provides a refreshing dose of teen optimism with the life lessons she has learned. It’s clear that her family is her main support. Although Ortega points out that one’s family of choice is just as important as one’s family by blood, her stories consistently illustrate how a loving family of any kind can be crucial to a developing teen. Her tales of crushes, faith, true friends, and believing in oneself are universal. Many teens may not be able to relate to being passed over for a movie role; however, they will be able to relate to the actions she took to overcome that devastation. Those who have read Lara Honos-Webb’s Six Super Skills for Executive Functioning will see some similarities when it comes to seeking help for depression. Ortega talks about not wanting to seek help because she thought she was being too dramatic, or that her problems seemed minuscule compared to the struggles of others. After seeking help, she realized that problems are personal and not to be compared to others. With the growing rate of depressed and suicidal teens in today’s society, this message is important and necessary. There are many other applicable life lessons explored in the text, such as self-confidence, how to manage stress, and making time and space for one’s faith. Ortega exudes unexpected but welcome wisdom. The short sections and fast pace makes this an effortless read. Ortega does not talk down to her readers; she only wants to help.
VERDICT Recommended for any library that caters to tweens and teens. Readers will enjoy Ortega’s down-to-earth advice and optimism.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing