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When Life Gives You Lemons (secondary age)

Quick Overview

When Life Gives You Lemons is a beautifully written and illustrated creative book for young people experiencing, or wanting to understand and learn how to manage, depression and anxiety. The two young female authors share their experience and support other young people to develop an understanding of depression and anxiety. This book is short and easy-to-read, serving as a great self-help resource packed with helpful and clearly presented information. The illustrations are bright, colourful and expressive for readers who learn visually. It is an inspirational read filled with tips and quotes, with a continuous thread of hope woven throughout. Facts, experiences and practical ideas are presented from a young person’s perspective, therefore creating a tool to support other young people to recognise they are not alone in their experiences.

Health Professional Review

Professional Book Reviewer: Julie Scurr

Book Title: When life gives you lemons

Author: Celia Painter & Abbie Krieble

Publication Date: 2015

Problem Addressed: Depression and anxiety

Target Audience: Young people experiencing or wanting to understand and learn how to manage depression and anxiety.

Brief Summary:
When life gives you lemons is a beautifully creative book that is written and illustrated by two young females who have created a resource to share their experience and support other young people to develop an understanding of depression and anxiety. The book provides factual information presented in an easy to understand language and outlines helpful and unhelpful ways to manage depression and anxiety. Illustrations are colourful and expressive supporting creating an understanding of the experience of living with depression and anxiety. An inspirational book full of tips and quotes with a continuous thread of hope woven throughout it.

Strengths:
Book is short so quick and easy to read.
A self-help resource packed with helpful information presented clearly and in easily understood language.
Book is creatively presented; the illustrations are bright and colourful for those who learn visually.
Facts, experiences and practical ideas are presented from young person’s perspective therefore a tool to support other young people to recognise they are not alone on their journey to manage depression and anxiety.

Recommendation:
Recommend for any young people experiencing depression and anxiety as well as a tool for family, friends, significant others to develop an understanding also.

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