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NOW IS NEW - Stop Struggling. Start Living. How to effortlessly create a life you love.

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Self-help that doesn't preach: A nifty guide for adolescent audiences seeking an introduction to the genre

NOW IS NEW. Stop Struggling. Start Living. How to effortlessly create a life you love is a self-help guide that provides a reset point; asking its intended audience to take the time out to place themselves on pause, reflect on problem areas and gradually move to a place where they can change their attitudes and ultimately overcome them. The book is aimed towards the young person market, an age demographic that can be challenging to tackle.


Chidiac's publication is filled with metaphors and anecdotes, which is incredibly useful when translating some of the more challenging concepts into easy-to-understand situations and scenarios. It was great to see the author making efforts to remove the stigma of there being a right or wrong way to process emotions, and the addition of simple line drawings help with making the content informal and visual so as to keep it engaging throughout.


The book is easily digestible and as you move through the chapters you feel a sense of progress acclimating in the final chapter "creating our next steps" where the author neatly summarises the content, reminding the reader that the pace of self-improvement is gradual and anything but quick. "The first step is not to become a YouTube star," Chidiac says, "...[but] opening the app. Then, maybe we could create an account."


This publication could have been improved in its placement of reflection exercises. Often the reader is recommended to undertake a mini-exercise in the middle of a chapter, such as completing part-started sentences or pausing to reflect or mediate. They are contained in the body of the text, often sandwiched between two analogies and an inspirational quote. There was times I became so engaged with the exercise that afterwards I lost my engagement of the content contained in that section. Reflection exercises would have sat better at the end of each chapter or at a clear break-point.


The book would have benefitted from consumer or editorial feedback on tone of voice. While agreeable on the whole, at points copy dipped into the overly familiar and I wasn't too convinced by the use of curse words for something aimed at young adults, even if they were concealed by use of asterisks. I would also have liked to have seen a clear statement of this book's intended readership age range in the introduction.


A nifty book that provides young people with a gentle introduction to self-betterment.


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INTRODUCTION

About the author

Katherine Chidiac is a mum, creative, entrepreneur and now… author. Now is New is her first book. It is part of a new campaign #nowisnew (@_nowisnew) which aims to reach one million struggling young people and help them realise their own capacity for creativity and mental health. view profile

Published on May 16, 2022

30000 words

Genre: Health & Wellbeing

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