Unleash Your Inner Super Powers – Entered in 2018 ATAI Book Award Contest
Unleash Your Inner Super Powers: and destroy fear and self-doubt by Jacqui Letran is the third in a series of self-help books aimed at teenagers. Letran presents a small handful of attributes and skills called Inner Super Powers (ISPs) and discusses ways that each person can develop these ISPs and use them to better their lives. Specific focus is placed on conquering fears and self-doubt in social situations from small gatherings of friends to high-stakes public speaking assignments.
In Unleash Your Inner Super Powers: and destroy fear and self-doubt the reader is presented with several skills and given exercises to help develop those skills. This book can be slightly overwhelming. The structure of the book is well thought out, but the main takeaways in each chapter do get a bit lost in the verbiage of the piece. This is easily remedied through slightly more concise writing, which would also aid in cutting down on any unnecessary repetition. A glossary would also go a long way in aiding any confusion the reader may experience, by giving them one place to go for all the necessary key terms.
Though this book is aimed at teenagers, and the examples presented are specifically tailored towards that audience, the advice and exercises could be useful to people of all ages. Letran does a solid job of explaining every topic she approaches in a way that emphasizes that feeling inadequate is a universal human experience. She presents the information in such a way that each new topic builds on the one before to encourage the reader to continue improving upon the earlier skills as they learn new ones. Unleash Your Inner Super Powers: and destroy fear and self-doubt by Jacqui Letran is a great resource for anyone, teenager or adult, who is looking for some basic advice on how to begin building self-confidence.
Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.