“Skip the Bad Songs!” by Jen Landis

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Skip the Bad Songs!

Jen Landis
GIRLBRAVE Press (2023)
ISBN: 979-8987533109
Reviewed by Rachel Dehning for Reader Views (09/2023)

Geared toward teenagers, “Skip the Bad Songs! The Art of Rocking a Happy Mindset” is applicable advice for any aged reader. With tips, tricks, positive quotes from well-known women, and activities to try out, Jen Landis has compiled more than enough options and possibilities to assist with “the art of rocking a happy mindset.” The activities and topics are universal, with seven themes centered around fun, creativity, bravery, making mistakes, self-love, friendships, and being true to yourself to create a well-rounded formula for positive change.

Each category of change consists of, on average, six to ten ideas of activities to try, and bite-sized chunks of research to back up the validity of the suggestion. Following some pages, readers will find inclusions such as additional pages to doodle, journal, or put your unique spin on the activity – doing it step by step or tweaking it to make it work better for you. Every reader (and non-reader) deserves to be happy; unfortunately, it can take more work to get positive than we anticipate – “Skip the Bad Songs!” has done the prework, recorded things to remember and new ones to try out, and is your go-to in any situation!

“Skip the Bad Songs!” is enjoyable and easy to read; its appearance is like a kid’s book, but not one activity or suggestion made throughout the book is below any adult’s capabilities. Adults are grown-up children who, if they struggled at a young age and didn’t receive the help they needed, may continue in their older years and repeat the vicious, never-ending cycle of confusion and negativity until someone along the generational line decides to try something different.

The colors and clip art throughout the pages alone should bring a smile to your face – they’re not your typical bright and neon but more solid and earthy for proper grounding and adventure. I love how the book begins with a positive, centrally themed fact and activity revolving around the reader as unique and special; everything following this is reinforcement for the reader to (re)discover. Readers can be in any mindset to peruse and enjoy “Skip the Bad Songs!” by Jen Landis. It isn’t a requirement to feel down in the dumps and at the lowest point; readers in a currently upbeat and happy mood will gain as much as every other reader because every person needs a reminder (usually more than once) of how special, loved, and important they are.

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