This is a beautifully-written book by a highly literate author who has a respect for the written word. No gimmicks, no hype, nothing that's cheap abouThis is a beautifully-written book by a highly literate author who has a respect for the written word. No gimmicks, no hype, nothing that's cheap about the all-important subject of coming of age...how refreshing! Reading the chapter titles alone is stimulating, because you get a glimpse of the structure of the book without being told the exact details (which of course, entices you to want to see how the story plays outs).
The realism of the book draws the reader in effortlessly. The journey is epic and dramatic without being formulaic or repetitious. There are many poignant lines throughout the content too, which give the book added depth and insight. I think the following line (from one of the chapters in The Same Moon) describes the book very well: "Life was no film set, and there was no script." I particularly enjoyed Chapter Five: The Courtship for its unabashed view on "the dating game."
As someone who enjoys culture and travelling, this book was certainly a treat. The strength of books like these is that they remind discerning readers how literature is differentiated from the film medium. While the latter tends to be more impressive in terms of 'visuals', good literature is intimate because it engages the reader through a one-on-one experience. That is one of the things I enjoy the most about reading, which The Same Moon delivers....more
What piqued my curiosity with this book was a blog post I saw online, which mentioned the short stories in this collection were inspired by a set of pWhat piqued my curiosity with this book was a blog post I saw online, which mentioned the short stories in this collection were inspired by a set of photographs. The photographs are certainly breathtakingly beautiful, and the reader can expect the unexpected with each of the authors' stories!
That one author resides in the UK while the other resides in the US gives the collection a nice contrast--enough contrast for the respective stories to stand apart from each other, but not so much contrast that it is jarring.
It is not just the first one or two stories that start off with a bang--the high level of impact and engagement continues to the fifth story and onwards! I like how the collection began with Ocean's Song, which is a short piece with a very tender, touching message (bittersweet, I would say). Other favourites include Gently Down the Stream (a psychological piece where the character's "past deed" catches up with him); Blowin' in the Wind (where there's a fine line between love and insanity); On the Road (showcasing the negative effects of stardom), and the last two stories.
These stories, along with the gorgeous photography, are bound to chill, thrill, soothe and shock--a very enticing mix....more
I was asked if I would consider contributing part of the foreword to this book. I agreed to because of Matt Posner's commitment to the writing craft.I was asked if I would consider contributing part of the foreword to this book. I agreed to because of Matt Posner's commitment to the writing craft.
I did not know what the interior contents of this book would contain (the only information I had prior to the book's publication was that it was a book on "how to write dialogue").
I was thoroughly pleased to find that "How to Write Dialogue" features zero jargon and plenty of useful information. The author wastes no time in establishing what dialogue is and its function in fiction. He illustrates his points clearly and thoughtfully, by analyzing a well-curated selection of excerpts from classic as well as contemporary literature.
This diversity is important because a writer only improves upon their craft with extensive reading. I suppose some writers would insist that reading only one genre is sufficient, but then again it depends on what type of writer you aspire to be (and, by extension, the goals you wish to achieve as an author--while commercial viability is desirable in terms of marketing, I believe a real writer would endeavor to always observe certain key components of the actual craft of writing).
This is an indispensable guide to any author who wishes to learn the art of writing convincing, meaningful dialogue. After all, conversations are a key component of both life and literature!...more
A lot of the content felt like a massively cleaned up, polished version of a private journal--and I mean that as a compliment since a journal does capA lot of the content felt like a massively cleaned up, polished version of a private journal--and I mean that as a compliment since a journal does capture the inner truths and landscape of an individual.
In the introduction, Rachel Thompson writes that her hope (with these poems/essays) is "to touch a nerve, make you think, make you feel. . .What I experienced stayed inside me, waiting for me to learn how to tell it on the other side of time. And now it's here for you--in the raw."
That it is non-fiction makes the written pieces even more poignant. I know that a good writer would be able to produce convincing, compelling and evocative prose, but somehow, knowing full well that these are really experiences the writer has gone through makes it that much more personal and memorable. And to create something memorable--in a sea of consumerism/commercialism where trends and fads come and go all the time--is certainly an accomplishment to be proud of.
Another strong point of the writing is that the sexual content was raw and intense without being at all graphic or lewd. This brings about a subtlety to the overall expression of the content, which again makes it a much more nuanced experience (i.e. reading experience) than if the same scenes were presented in a crass manner (within the context of this particular work).
I would like to add that the cover image/artwork for this book is MOST excellent, in terms of reflecting the content and title, and in terms of design elements. It conveys the right mood and tone of the interior contents too, so that readers can expect this book to be a dark but essentially, not completely hopeless, piece of work. This is truly the stuff of contemporary literature/poetry that should not be missed....more
I have these three books individually--I would highly recommend this box set as a gift to someone who loves Greek mythology, or the "goddess" archetypI have these three books individually--I would highly recommend this box set as a gift to someone who loves Greek mythology, or the "goddess" archetype! What made the books very memorable to me was the selection of artwork--they were well-chosen both in terms of aesthetics and in terms of accompanying the text on the corresponding page(s).
I would have liked a section at the end of each book on "famous quotes" throughout history, to do with these goddesses. For me that would have given that extra timeless edge to the material, since we would get to see the influence of the goddesses on individuals today. I have confidence that the team behind this collection would make good selections with quotations, like they did with the other interior contents....more
This is a short story that delivers--with strong characterization and no time wasted in terms of storytelling. There are two things I truly loathe inThis is a short story that delivers--with strong characterization and no time wasted in terms of storytelling. There are two things I truly loathe in terms of reading material: (1) superficiality, and (2) filler (words simply there to increase the word count, with more emphasis on quantity than quality. These two qualities are most certainly not found in this eBook and other books by the same author.
I have enjoyed reading Darcia Helle's writing for several years and I think her brand of suspense stories/novels would appeal to many. As a sample or free download (at the time of this posting), this story is a superb introduction to the world her characters inhabit, where the reader gets to viscerally experience the blurred lines between revenge and justice....more
The title of this book alone is enticing enough to warrant a purchase--the book can be summed up in one line: "The Power Trip is about a bunch of mostThe title of this book alone is enticing enough to warrant a purchase--the book can be summed up in one line: "The Power Trip is about a bunch of mostly rich people travelling on a luxury yacht."
Well, it was certainly easy enough to guess who some of the characters were partly based on, or "inspired by" in terms of real-life counterparts. The character development was superb and the story line was also really interesting--the end was a bit of a surprise to me *won't reveal too much in case of spoilers*. The end seemed a bit rushed...but on hindsight, I guess I would not call the end thoroughly unrealistic.
This book was like a high-quality celebrity gossip magazine, in the form of a novel. Far from being trashily forgettable, what I really like about Ms. Collins' writing is her unique style of maintaining an intense focus on relationship and sexual dynamics--the way she does it certainly does not cheapen the story in any way (in fact, the opposite), which is why I am a great admirer and fan of her writing career and contemporary stories....more
The contents of this well-researched book were so depraved and disturbing, that it took me several weeks to (1) finish reading the book in its entiretThe contents of this well-researched book were so depraved and disturbing, that it took me several weeks to (1) finish reading the book in its entirety, and (2) gather my thoughts about it in order to write a cohesive review.
I would have thought that the book was a work of fiction were it not for the ‘non-fiction’ label at the back of the book in the print version.
Back in 2013, former ISD director Mr. Yoong Siew Wah mentioned “the callousness of the Singapore government” on his blog.
This callous and insensitive aspect that is completely lacking in any compassion for humanity, is certainly apparent in Once A Jolly Hangman. The title alone points to the bizarre nature of the system, where the macabre act of hanging a human being is undertaken with joy as if it were a festive occasion and cause for celebration.
Perhaps the most morbid fact mentioned is the “Death Row Diet.”
As it says in the book, “Beyond the walls of Changi Prison hanged prisoners’ organs are worth tens of thousands of dollars each.”
As if this fact of profiting from dead prisoners’ bodies were not deplorable enough, the prisoners on death row who sign the consent form to donate their organs for transplant or research are put on a special regime known as the Death Row Diet. This diet consists of high-quality, nutritious food to “ensure the organs are in perfect condition for transplant after they are hanged.”
Is this not a form of ultimate exploitation of human life, where one profits handsomely from the dead and forgotten?
The other thoroughly disgusting component of the book has to do with the racial bias of the elites. The author, Alan Shadrake, structures the book around several real-life accounts to show how people with money and the right connections have the means to prevent themselves from being executed by the state. If you’re poor, uneducated, or of an undesirable race (or, to phrase it a little better, your skin colour is not the right one), yours is the “pitiful, hopeless situation” where even the innocent may end up being executed.
Alan Shadrake went to jail because of this book — for contempt by scandalising the court. A scandal can be defined as an action or event regarded as morally or legally wrong and causing general public outrage. How is the author scandalising the court when his book is based on scandalous facts?
What Alan Shadrake did with this book was to give the deceased a human face, since their lives weren’t worth anything to the Singapore authorities (apart from what could be gained from their organs, post-mortem). This further highlights the hypocrisy of Changi Prison’s motto.
I didn’t even know Changi Hilton — I mean, Changi Prison — had a motto until reading this book. That motto is:
“Captains of Lives: Rehab, Renew, Restart.”
From their own website:
“RENEW is a commitment an inmate makes to change his/her life for the better. Through the CARE Network, our offenders are given opportunities to restart their lives.”
Renew? Restart? Tell that to the families of Flor Contemplacion, Angel Mou Pui-Peng, Amara Tochi, Shanmugam Murugesu (a Tamil Singaporean former jet ski champion and army regular), Nguyen Van Tuong, Vignes Mourthi, and countless others who were executed in Singapore for being at the wrong place at the wrong time, without the riches or powerful connections to help them out of their dire situation. Or to the family members of Huizuan with regard to her tragic death in Changi Women’s Prison in 2011, which could have been avoided if more care had been shown by the prison staff in her medical condition before her death.
What is even worse is that Changi Prison sends out a letter to the families of the individual on death row informing them of when the execution will take place — a letter which has that same motto emblazoned on the bottom of the page.
This was truly one of the most despicable and morbid books I’ve ever read. It reveals a darker side which the authorities would likely prefer to keep hidden beneath the country’s veneer of justice, cleanliness and efficiency....more
The Ruling Elite of Singapore is a brilliant publication, in which Michael Barr, a senior lecturer in International Relations at Flinders University,The Ruling Elite of Singapore is a brilliant publication, in which Michael Barr, a senior lecturer in International Relations at Flinders University, Australia, explores “the complex and covert networks of power” in the city-state of Singapore.
The text is divided into eight concise chapters, written in a clear, objective style that is not bloated with academic jargon. The content is juicy without being slanderous, and factual without being pedantic.
The book takes an incisive look at the “twin myths that Singapore is a meritocratic and multiracial society,” by revealing how the power of personal networks and the centrality of Chinese ethnicity form the true core of the networks of power and influence in Singapore.
The introduction gives a quick outline of the book, which is very useful for quick reference. I especially liked the summary for Chapter 3 (“a brief account of the historical evolution of the elite, the basis of its monopoly of power and the nature of its self-perception as a proud, self-satisfied elite”).
Chapter 5 features a quote by retired Permanent Secretary, Ngiam Tong Dow, who said in a 2003 interview:
“However good [Raffles Institution and Raffles Girls’ School] are and however brilliant their teachers are, the problem is that you are educating your elite in only two institutions, with only two sets of mentors.”
This comment highlights a lack of diversity in the process of elite selection and elite formation. It reminded me of the case with Wee Shu Min in 2006 (who exuberantly advised all commoners to “get out of [her] elite uncaring face”). While this disgraceful incident was not mentioned in Barr’s book, it displayed the self-entitlement and snobbish behavior that often accompanies a closed, elitist mindset.
Barr takes note of “the Lee family’s supremacy” in Singapore with a reminder (through a quote by Hamilton-Hart) of how the Lees are “effectively off-limits as subjects of criticism.” Barr also mentions how Ho Ching and Lee Hsien Yang have never been brought to account for any part in running down the value of their respective government-linked companies. Instead, both were praised and rewarded, despite their companies having engaged in “high-risk ventures that failed spectacularly.”
In the final chapter, Barr is diplomatic in pointing out how even the scenario of an opposition victory would not “necessarily challenge the system bequeathed by Lee Kuan Yew.” The author offers some critical thoughts without being overly optimistic or judgmental, in an effort to determine how much change or continuity there will be in the near future of Singapore’s political situation.
The job of an objective academic or historian is neither to sing praises nor hurl insults. It is to gather information and study the facts, in order to provide analysis and insightful commentary in order to educate the reader. I believe Barr has done very well in this regard, with his book’s intense focus on Singapore’s “ruling elite.”
It reminds us that politicians are supposed to govern society, not simply reward themselves at the expense of their serfs, I mean, citizens, because they feel entitled to do so.
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the author, Michael Barr, for expanding his original paper into a full-length book, to the prestigious I.B.Tauris for publishing the title (and providing fine editing), and to Palgrave Macmillan for distributing the title in North America, where I am currently residing.
-- By Jess: a former Singaporean who has a keen interest in the country, its people, and the direction of its leadership.
I really liked the emotional nuances and tension in this slim volume with the captivating title of Infinite Disposable. The black-and-white photographI really liked the emotional nuances and tension in this slim volume with the captivating title of Infinite Disposable. The black-and-white photographs that accompany the text give the collection a more haunting touch that lingers in the mind after one finishes reading the text from cover to cover.
At first I thought the themes of loss and emptiness would give the text an overtly bleak tone, but now and then there were very memorable lines which zeroed in on a more fundamentally beautiful aspect--that of human connection.
(1) "We can learn to live on what we have instead of what we desire, and it will be a terrible, beautiful adventure."
(2) "We are only two of 6 billion, just as the sun is only another star among trillions, and that gives us comfort. . .you are my secret, the story I may never tell."
(3) "These ghosts want to burn us alive, they said. They want to erase us from history. We cannot let them."
The only minor caveat I have with the book is that I would have preferred it if the text was laid out vertically (the words are laid out on the page horizontally, as with several of the photographs--which creates a tendency for me to tilt my neck a little even when I'm holding the book horizontally).
As someone who enjoys flash fiction and the themes of human connection and the passage of time, this is certainly a memorable volume. I'm glad to recommend it to readers seeking flash fiction with an independent, raw and honest touch....more
I started moving away from big-name commercial beauty products in 2012, but it was still a surprise to me to read that not ALL “organic products” wereI started moving away from big-name commercial beauty products in 2012, but it was still a surprise to me to read that not ALL “organic products” were truly “organic.”
In No More Dirty Looks, there’s a section which mentions that companies are not required to conduct safety tests of ingredients in their products. Neither are they regulated about what they put on product labels.
This means that a company could (misleadingly) call their product line “XXX Organic” by placing a very small amount of organic herbs in a base of petrochemicals, toxins, and harsh preservatives.
The product ingredient “fragrance” contains compounds that are carcinogenic or otherwise toxic, indicating the presence of up to 4,000 separate ingredients.
Are HAZARDOUS, synthetic chemicals really substances we should be putting on our skin?
It is important to me to support businesses that are ethical, socially and environmentally-conscious.
Why should we support companies who aren’t interested in the health and safety of the customers/consumers who keep them in business? Is it too much to ask for a soap that DOESN’T irritate the skin, and shampoo that DOESN’T make hair fall out?
To make the point clear: I’m going to spend my money elsewhere on companies I am happy to support. I’d rather pay a bit more for a quality, gentle but effective product that works well than end up with the stress of skin irritation/etc. — and having to spend more to try and “treat” those symptoms instead of eliminating the products that were aggravating those issues in the first place.
To me, healthy/happy hair and skin speaks a lot more than sleek advertising or clever copywriting.
For some pictures that prove organic products are better, check out the full post on my blog.
This is a lovely "poetry chapbook" that is very tightly focused on the title itself.
In the introduction, Ms. Minkman shares with the reader that "songThis is a lovely "poetry chapbook" that is very tightly focused on the title itself.
In the introduction, Ms. Minkman shares with the reader that "songlines" are a means to find one's way across vast expanses of land" (with regards to the "songlines" term as used by Australian aborigines).
I wasn't sure how I'd find the chapbook at first, as I am not super familiar with chapbooks (which refer to a small book or pamphlet containing poems, ballads, and/or stories). I did like the very personal touch to the entire collection, as well as the font choice for the title on the chapbook cover. And the painting on the book cover was a very apt choice too--I have a copy of the book in print, and there's just something "very nice" about having a tangible copy of text or visual art that can take the reader away to another world just from gazing at the artwork (I felt the book cover image lined up very well with the explanation for the "Songlines" title for the chapbook).
I like the succinctness of poetry and how it invites us to make personal as well as social connections--it reminds us that we're all human and that there is no experience that counts as too little or too dull in the grand scheme of things. Chapbooks might seem "small" in terms of quantity/word count, but they have their place in the world of literature/life/poetry too, as was my personal experience with the poetic journey of "Songlines" :)...more
This was a horror anthology I was mightily pleased to have read. I've read some horror stories that are of the "gore" variety, which can honestly boreThis was a horror anthology I was mightily pleased to have read. I've read some horror stories that are of the "gore" variety, which can honestly bore me sometimes. While everyone has their own tastes and preferences, it is "psychological horror" that gets to me, that I find a lot more dark and disturbing than explicit violence (i.e. the motivations and psyche behind brutal and/or cruel acts).
Perhaps the greatest thing about anthologies is that they feature a wide variety of authors--different voices, different styles, though the stories in this case are linked together based on that psychological horror dimension. The anthology is very aptly titled after one of the stories ("The Speed of Dark", by Clayton Clifford Bye)--in terms of concept and pacing. That story in particular is a great short story, in the sense that the writing flows in an effortless, succinct kind of way where all the pieces (the story has something to do with "food" *ahem*) come together really neatly.
There is a lot of scope and dimension in these short stories, all of which are accompanied by a short summary at the beginning of the story (I always like that with anthologies, so that I have a rough idea of what each story is about before I get into it further). I enjoyed stories like "Jesse's Hair" (by John B. Rosenman) and "Little Girl Lost" (by Lyn McConchie) for that same reason (the handling of macabre themes in a very stylish, understated way--actually this goes for the entire anthology; I'm just naming those two right now because I especially enjoyed the themes in those two stories!).
Do consider adding The Speed of Dark to your digital and/or paperback library, if you're looking for a good dose/exploration of original--and relatable--psychological horror....more
wow, what a book--i'd probably score it 500 over a scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 being "excellent")! i really enjoyed the gritty realism of the story and thwow, what a book--i'd probably score it 500 over a scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 being "excellent")! i really enjoyed the gritty realism of the story and the characters (it'll stay with you long after you finish reading the book)...the creativity with the narrative structure...the style...it doesn't get much better than this when it comes to getting "acquainted" with a writer's stellar debut novel....more
One of the first things I noticed about this edition was the inclusion of the original Sanskrit text. The second thing I noticed was that the illustraOne of the first things I noticed about this edition was the inclusion of the original Sanskrit text. The second thing I noticed was that the illustrations matched the clothing and jewellery of the era that the Kamasutra was written. These two details made reading the main text a lot more enjoyable and enriching for me (even though I can't read the original Sanskrit, it makes me feel more "connected" to the original writing from ancient Indian culture, especially since I've always had an interest in ancient civilisations).
The brief introduction of the book (around a succinct 5 pages) states to the reader very clearly what the book is and isn't:
* * *
"Do not blindly use this book as a how-to manual."
"...it abscribes a deep, positive value to sex: it isn't simply for reproduction--sexual happiness matters, and it's important for one's physical and mental health."
"Perhaps our challenge is to learn what we can without damaging who we are...One could even use this knowledge to find and nurture true love."
* * *
With this clear introduction in place, the reader is then invited to peruse the rest of the book, which covers subjects such as sexual intercourse (ten chapters with seventeen sections--lots of juicy/useful details about ways of biting, unusual sex acts, beginning and conclusion of intercourse, etc.), conduct of a wife, courtesans (a very lovely and exotic section, for me!), and advanced methods (this one covers how to achieve luck in love, etc--albeit set in "the ancient world," still very educational and illuminating).
This book is also published by YogaVidya, which is "dedicated to publishing quality books about Yoga." I like that the company is completely independent of any commercial, governmental, educational or religious institutions, as I trust that this means the product/book is more like to be presented as what it is "in essence" (i.e. uninfluenced by personal and/or some other kind of moral or political agenda).
I am glad to say this was my experience with this textual edition and presentation of The Kamasutra. I'd recommend it to anyone who was interested in what the original text really is all about. The easy reading and nice accompanying illustrations help ensure this ancient (and practical) guide continues to be available to the masses in its original non-gimmicky state, so that we too can continue to explore the psychology and practice of pleasure through sexual behaviour. ...more
It's always been a dream of mine to be able to own a home one day. I can be very paranoid though in my pursuit of "financial freedom" (I am careful noIt's always been a dream of mine to be able to own a home one day. I can be very paranoid though in my pursuit of "financial freedom" (I am careful not to go into debt and/or get into the whole "credit card" route).
I bought this book at a store nearby (happened to see it while browsing). It didn't take me long to decide to get a copy (less than 1 minute).
I found the material to be very informative, well-written and concise. But most of all useful and helpful.
Both material and spiritual fulfillment are important to me. There was something about the author's bio or writing style which appealed to these two aspects in me.
I'm confident this book will help me in terms of "educating myself" on how not to get into deep trouble with potential mortgage issues (credit card, college debt, medical, mortgage are the ones I am most careful with).
I thank the author for generously sharing his advice in the book!...more
i've been developing some nasty fine lines since last year, together with acne breakouts (i have managed to curb the acne breakouts since early this yi've been developing some nasty fine lines since last year, together with acne breakouts (i have managed to curb the acne breakouts since early this year--i am female and recently turned 26).
the lines that were bothering me the most were the nasolabial lines and frown lines (in between brows and higher up on forehead). they are not super noticeable yet but if i'm standing in natural light or at a couple of "horrible angles" they can make me look aged / tired.
i think some of the lines are from my habit of smashing my face into the pillow while sleeping (i am currently training myself to "sleep on the back" more). also i have trouble getting a good, deep/uninterrupted sleep (my mind is very active at night). i notice that when i get a very good sleep my skin looks a lot better (and i feel a lot better overall).
i was already noticing an improvement on Day 3 of Tonya's face exercise programme, so i aim to keep this up so that the damage is not so bad later on (along with physical exercise, healthy eating, etc.). i don't like the easy attitude towards botox and stuff like that nowadays (i enjoyed Tonya's perspectives on how botox is viewed as "natural" nowadays while real natural things like face exercises and a raw diet are not--it's on a page on her website).
i've always wanted to "age gracefully" since my early teens so i'm glad to have found this book *thumbs up*...more
I interviewed Katy Gilbert a few weeks ago on this blog. Katy’s latest book is titled Why You’re Gorgeous, a book that’ll leave you “inspired, relaxed, smart, confident, and a hell of a lot more self-loving” (text from official blurb).
I have a print copy of the book. To me, Why You’re Gorgeous is what a mainstream book should really be all about.
It’s a relatively slim, non-fiction book at 147 pages, but there’s very little fluff, so what you get is information that is sincere as well as useful / inspiring (refer to blurb text above to see what you’ll be getting).
Why You’re Gorgeous is divided into 10 chapters, which cover topics such as media and society, sex/relationships, body/appearance, and self-love. The book gets straight to the point in terms of literally reminding the reader why he/she is “gorgeous.” I think this is especially important in a world that’s very much driven by consumer culture, where materialism and external looks are given a lot more emphasis than something that’s more intrinsic and that sustains us from within (genuine self-love, in other words).
What makes the book extra special is the inclusion of contributors’ quotes and perspectives throughout the text. This was a very nice balance to the author’s main text, as it creates a tone that’s both personal as well as social.
(Pg 53 — Section on Bullying)
I have a right to freedom of speech!
Yeah, you do, and you’re lucky. What you don’t have it unqualified liberty to be a jerk.
Having the fortunate right to speak your mind does not entitle you to force your opinions on other people, cause physical or emotional harm to anyone in any way, or suggest that other people or their views are worthless. With freedom of speech comes responsibility for consideration, kindness and respect. Exercise it.
(Pg 62 — Section on Style)
Personal style is a goldmine of confidence, respect, creativity and fun.
“It’s not who we really are, it’s type of character we’ve morphed ourselves into because we think it’s right…What happened to ‘personality matters’? That has been completely overshadowed by these ‘clones’.” (contributor’s quote)
(Pg 87 — The fame game, all the same)
When so many celebrities are hand-picked and trained to be a certain size, their entire community appears to be made up of that one size and shape (skin tone, hair colour, etc etc). This presents an entire mini-world that is completely unrealistic but comes off as “normal”, so the lack of variation is projected as the way the world is — not true.
The writing style is suitable for all ages (tween, teen, young adult, older adult). I would’ve loved to have read this book during my teenage years :)
If you know anyone who’s struggling with body image issues, or is trying to develop a genuine/lasting/healthy form of self-love, do consider getting them a copy of Why You’re Gorgeous!