Perfectly Imperfect Stories by Leo Potion reinforces the idea that “it’s ok to not be ok.” This book looks at the lives of 28 famous people — actors, scientists, artists, athletes and world leaders – and talks about the struggles they have experienced despite, or in some cases, because of their fame. Mental health issues such as depression and anxiety are sensitively addressed, and brief explanations of specific diagnoses are included.
Middle grade readers will recognize many of the celebrities included here and may see their own lives reflected in some of the challenges these individuals have worked to overcome. These stories offer reassurance that personal heroes also experience moments of self-doubt and depression. They are a reminder that things aren’t always as they seem: those who seem to have it all together may be floundering as well. Aside from pointing out that perfection is an illusion and that even the most popular people struggle and need help, the book also includes a list of good habits to support one’s own mental health as well as information on reaching professional organizations for advice or support.
The individuals highlighted in this book may have “imperfect stories” but readers will find them Perfectly Inspiring.
Note: Though an advance digital copy of this book was provided free of charge, no compensation was made for this review and the opinions are exclusively mine. KY
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