All the Wrong People Have Self-Esteem: An Inappropriate Book for Young Ladies (or, Frankly, Anybody Else)

Laurie Rosenwald, Author, Laurie Rosenwald, Illustrator . Bloomsbury $16.99 (0p) ISBN 978-1-59990-240-1

If the title isn't enough to persuade teens and preteens that they must read this book, one quick flip of the pages will seal the deal. A graphic designer, Rosenwald (And to Name but Just a Few: Red Yellow Green Blue ) tackles political correctness, the follies of prevailing wisdom and her favorite peeves using all the tools in her arsenal: her spread-size collages feature fonts on steroids, magazine cut-outs, photos and cartoons paired with witty diatribes and confessions. In between telling the truth about mother-daughter friction and doling out advice (“When they say that you have to love* yourself before someone else can love you, it's just not true. *Like is good enough”), Rosenwald cops to liking makeup, proposes a collection agency staffed by “hysterical, PMS-ing girls” and shares all-purpose responses, beginning with “Well, it's nothing that 25 years of intensive psychoanalysis couldn't cure!” (it ends with “Just come out and say, F--- You!”). Funny, fresh and impossible not to read cover to cover. Ages 12–up. (Dec.)

Reviewed on: 12/22/2008
Release date: 12/01/2008
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