TeenLit: Girl in a Funk Helps Dispel the Blues
Having been one, I speak authoritatively when I say no one gets the blues like a teenage girl. Well, maybe a tween. It's not always something catastrophic that sets the blues off, sometimes one little thing after another is more than any sane girl can take. Sometimes it's just the right little thing at the wrong time.
As tempting as hanging around the house all day in pajamas, eating Haagen-Dazs, and watching sappy movies may be, it's not always possible. Or desirable. Tanya Napier and Jen Kollmer realize this, and have written Girl in a Funk: Quick Stress Busters (and Why They Work), a neat little guide to clearing out the cobwebs of doom and getting on with enjoying life (roller coaster though it may be).
Girl in a Funk is 95 pages (with colorful illustrations) of good advice for getting out of a funk. The advice is accompanied by an explanation of why it works. For instance, in "Don't Fight, Write," the advice is to write out feelings when stressed. Write for about 20 minutes and don't worry about grammar or spelling. If stumped about what to write, use the same words over and over ("My mother is crazy...My mother is crazy..."). Why does this work? "Studies have shown that writing about stressful events can help relieve the stress because getting it out on paper helps get it out of your brain."
There are short pieces, "In the Chill Zone" and "Pampering in a Pinch," that contain ideas for quick fixes. One of the "In the Chill Zone" bits I liked was "Tear It Up." Make a list of everything that's bugging you then rip it up into tiny little pieces. This might be a good tactic to use when following the "Don't Fight,Write" advice, but don't want anyone to ever see what was written.
Traditional advice, like "count to ten" and "Have a Good Cry," is also included in Girl in a Funk. With holidays and homecoming in the near future, Girl in a Funk is the perfect tool for the savvy girl to carry in her bag of tricks--not only can she get over whatever the stress is, she can also give her friends fabulous advice.
Bottom Line: Would I buy Girl in a Funk? Yes, and I know which funky girl I want to give it to.