Monday, October 26, 2015

Flawd by Emily-Anne Rigal, Founder of We Stop Hate

Flawd: How to Stop Hating on Yourself, Others, and the Things that Make you Who You Are by Emily-Anne Rigal, with Jeanne Demers

Visit the Flawd Website for more information 

Review by Lauren

source: copy sent for review; all opinions are my own

Official Summary: FLAWD is your new cheerleader—an energetic guide to seeing your flaws as the doorway to something more.

Through dynamic stories and advice from teens and celebrities around the world, FLAWD will help you to:
·       SEE yourself as perfectly imperfect.
·       TREAT life as playfully as possible.
·       THINK about what really matters.
·       EMBRACE all that makes you, YOU.
·       UNDERSTAND influence and how to use it.
·       KNOW you can be part of a flawd and powerful transformation.

Review: I love the idea behind this book! It's written by Rigal, who created We Stop Hate, as well as Jeanne Demers, who helped contribute ideas and illustrations. I think this is the type of book that everyone in middle and high school should be given a copy of when school starts. It's goal is to help you embrace your flaws so you don't use them to hide from life or to bully others.

Rigal is open and honest about how she was bullied and then when she went to a new school, she started to become the bully. This is a common phenomenon, and no matter what side of bullying you are on (the bully or the bullied), we all know that this needs to end. Everyone is unique in their own way and if you don't like someone else, then fine, but you shouldn't try and break them down to make yourself feel better.

I really liked the fun illustrations throughout that help to pinpoint some main points, like How you see how you see...everything. Interesting to think about, isn't it? It's not normally something people tend to consider. We're so quick to point out our flaws and see ourselves as not good enough, but do we realize that just clouds how we see the rest of the world and those around us? People often say bullies are really just insecure about themselves, and I think in a lot of ways, that does turn out to be true. It's something to consider at least!

This is a great message for everyone, but it's especially good for tweens and teens so if you have one of those in your life, pass this along! 


Kindlemom said...

I absolutely love love this idea! I think I need to get a copy of this..

Heidi Rainy Day Ramblings said...

This looks like a wonderful book, I think we could all learn something from it. Thanks for calling it to my attention.

Lisa @ Lost in Literature said...

I love this idea of this book!! I think a lot of teens can benefit from reading it. :)

Jennifer Humphries said...

What a great book! I love that illustration! Bullying ourselves and at the hands of others is something we really need to continue talking about!

Grace @ RebelMommyBookBlog said...

Really sounds like a book with a great message. Love that illustration!

The Bibliophile Babe said...

What a fabulous book!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

What a great message!

Aimee (Deadly Darlings) said...

I'll have to admit--there are times when I do feel like a bully, and this book definitely sounds like a helpful one on that front. And if that illustration's a part of the book, bonus points because it's adorable!

Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

Cait @ Paper Fury said...

Awk this sounds really uplifting!! I think it's weird, but I guess it's human nature to gravitate towards the negatives??? But doesn't mean we can't train ourselves to be encouraging instead. *nods* So glad this was a great read!!

Lexxie Lin said...

This sounds very good, Lauren! And I think it is definitely important for us to learn to love ourselves, flaws and all. Being perfectly imperfect... that sounds great.
Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

Karen Alderman said...

Love it! We need more of this way of thinking in our lives.

Karen @For What It's Worth

Candace said...

This does sound like a really great book. An important one that could be really helpful to teens.

kimbacaffeinate said...

Brilliant idea. Accepting and loving yourself is where it all begins.

Gingi Freeman said...

Great post my friend! <3 -