I don't want to go into details because I'd have to type much longer than I want to, but I just don't like this book. I wanted to like it! It sounded promising! But in reality, it was trivial and pretty childish. Sometimes people have big problems that can't be solved by saying "Think positive thoughts!"
Now I have a potty mouth, but was not expecting the f bomb to be fully dropped on EVERY page. Takes away any Zen I feel or wanted to. Also, some pages just feel cheap and cheesy, like an attempt to stretch out what's in a real Zen book on one page onto multiple pages in this book.
I don't recommend, not even for people who reign diarrhea potty mouth like me.
I just received three of Monica Sweeney’s books, and am so excited, I put them down immediately to write this review – never done that before. These are a Christmas present for my 16 year old daughter who struggles with mood, self-esteem, confidence, positivity – the normal stuff – and I can’t WAIT to give them to her! (Not to imply these are exclusively for teenagers – I’d say they’re for ages 16-99, as long as excessive profanity isn’t an issue.)
The positive and inspirational messages are spot on, and given in easy-to-read relatable chunks. Think “things your best friend should tell you, but maybe doesn’t” meets a page-a-day calendar, with a ton of humor thrown in.
They’re not your typical dry self-help books – far from it. Yes, beware, they are laced with profanity, but that’s part of their charm, really, which I think will actually give the books more credibility where my daughter’s concerned, in a cool teenager sort of way.
The books don’t ‘preach’, but rather, make you feel like someone is on your side, fighting along with you, and has your back at every turn, no matter what. I can easily see these books helping my daughter to become her own biggest cheerleader – an awesome gift to give anyone. So happy I found them! Now, I hope I can wait till Christmas!!
I got this journal from a friend for my birthday. I laughed and chuckled thumbing through it the first time, and then bought a few copies to give away to close friends and mentees. My 14-year-old daughter then picked up a copy when my order was delivered, and started reading it out loud, first asking if she can sound out all the expletives. I said yes, and my god, we guffawed, tears welling and rolling down our cheeks. We had SO MUCH FUN together, and I offered one of the copies to her. She said it was very cathartic to say so many f's and s's and was going to enjoy filling out the pages, coloring the pictures and drawing up more of her own designs too. TWO THUMBS UP for giving us the opportunity to connect and laugh until we cried.
Sometimes you don't need the typical therapy that therapists are taught in school..."coping skills" and crap. Sometimes you just need the F word. I have several friends going through divorces right now or going through huge life changes. This book provides a good laugh and just puts all the real stuff right out there. There's no putting on a face, following rules, or trying to be nice. It's life as it is. I highly recommend!!
I deal with bad depression and anxiety and this book helps more than I thought it would! I tend to always focus on all of the negatives of my life and I never take time to think about the positive or good things that happen. This book makes me think about my negatives but also my positives which makes me see past the negative and that there are good things to life and that your brain is just mean. :) It really helps you open your mind up and loosen up so you aren’t just trapped in your own mind. It’s relaxing, and helps get bottled emotions out! Highly recommend this book.