How to Grow Up and Feel Amazing! The No Worries Guide for Boys
Dr Ranj has appeared on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and has his own TV show. In this book he deals with puberty and growing up, offering support, information and advice to boys on the subject. The lively text is complemented by a cheerful layout that incorporates illustrations by David O’Connell.
Grow Up and Feel Amazing runs the gamut of the challenges, perils and pleasures of life for the average tween or teen. Relationships, bullying, body image, nutrition, the internet and mindfulness are just some of the many topics covered. The book is peppered with pop cultural references, and there’s even a playlist of songs mentioned in the text at the end of the book, which includes Jessie J, Ed Sheeran and Lizzo (who I’ll pretend I’ve heard of).
What makes the title appealing is Ranj’s honesty about both the insecurities and emotional problems he faced when growing up. Youngsters are likely to find his perspective as an adult sympathetic. The illustrations depicting teenagers and family life also include images of a more graphic, medical nature. These complement the passages that deal with the ‘bits and bobs’ of the human reproductive system.
As well as the aforementioned playlist, there is a resources list and a glossary of terms mentioned in the text at the end of the book.