“Project You: More than 50 Ways to Calm Down, De-Stress, and Feel Great” by: Aubre Andrus (Illustrations by: Karen Bluth & Veronica Collignon )

I am older than between the ages of 14-18 as the age demographic here suggests. I’m a rebel. So sue me.
I was intrigued by the cover of this one and the implied Yoga/Meditative suggestions.
I knew that the material would be a bit more juvenile than what I am used to reading/reviewing, but branching out to review more than what I am used to is a great opportunity for growth, yeah?
The very first thing that I noticed in perusing the table of contents were that a lot of the suggestions seem like no-brainers for those of us already leading healthy and less-stressful lives. However, some material may be covering new ground or be gentle reminders for the age this book was set for. Things like minimalising ones processions, making a protein-packed shake, and writing in a gratitude journal among many others.
Moving past the table of contents, my eyes feasted on a gorgeous and yet simple rendering of a teen girl taking a picture with an actual camera (not a camera phone!) and surrounded by flowers. The image was pretty and soothing to view.
The next image I came across was of a teen boy. This one perplexed me as it reminded me of a teen boy of the 80s. His hair, his attire, and even his facial expression.
Trying to put that thought from my mind I moved onto the “meat” of the book so-to-speak.
There is diversity included in the pictures which I always welcome, especially important for YA books I think for self-esteem and general acceptance of others, and the pictures were not only drawings! There were some real-life people pictures included to illustrate yoga poses. (Which was a smart decision so readers can see the actual human body in a held pose and try to emulate that versus an artistic rendering.)
I wish that a book like this had existed when *I* was a teen. I would have loved it. The style overall I think succeeds in appealing to teen girls, which I think is the target audience here. There are drawings that harken to coloring book themes, small overlays of colorful wasabi tape with text, and watercolor illustrations with polka dots and markings throughout. The style reminded me of (I’m probably aging myself here) Amelia Bedelia (sp?) books and the YOU brand of American Girl books.
The authentic names of the Yoga poses are included, the book recommends skipping around to what project “speaks” to you at that moment which is a great idea for teens that may not want to read it cover-to-cover but still want to gain some inspiration. The descriptions/instructions on how to do the recommended projects throughout were well-written and concise.
While I think it is easy to get stressed out more now than it was say 100 years or so ago, this gem is relevant to counter those anxiety feelings. Overall we all need more healing and restful moments for ourselves, because we can’t take care of others unless we make a priority to care for ourselves first.
I would recommend this one and would definitely gift this book to a girl in that age demographic as a gift.
Quick Facts:
Format: Paperback
Age Demographic: For ages 14-18
Publisher:  Capstone    Switch Press
Genre: Health, Mind & Body, Teens & YA
Expected Publication Date: September 1st, 2017


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