A Perfectionist’s Guide to Not Being Perfect

Magination Pr. Feb. 2022. 248p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781433837036.
Gr 8 Up–Perfectionism is often talked about positively, but this book shows how it can be harmful and create even more obstacles for people. Zucker, a psychologist specializing in OCD, anxiety, and stress, delves deep into perfectionism and how to manage it. The first four chapters of the book focus on breaking down perfectionism and what causes it. Zucker then discusses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and how to change our thinking. Finally, the book ends with a discussion of self-care and stress management. Each chapter includes a summary at the end called “in a nutshell.” There are also questions and other activities for teens to answer and work on to help them see their thinking and how to change it. Even though there is a great deal of information, Zucker adeptly breaks it down into small segments that are easy to understand. In addition, there are charts and diagrams, as well as relatable examples that make the concept or activity clear. There are resources for teens and parents, and recommended apps that readers can use.
VERDICT This is a necessary book for middle and high school libraries as it will help teens see that while striving for success is excellent, perfectionism does more harm than good.

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