About the Book and Author
YESSS! The S.U.M.O. Secrets to being a Positive, Confident Teenager is a book by Paul McGee that has been written to help us understand how the things we do and how the things we think can have an impact on how we feel and what we are able to achieve.
It helps us to make simple changes to the way we think about things, allowing us to be more positive about life in general.
*Please scroll down to read the rest of Sarah (aged 15)’s genuine review
I loved the chapter named “Hippo time”, as it explained that we have to be nice to ourselves
The book is written in a simple and fun style, which makes it easy to understand the points the author is trying to get across. There are many funny ideas which stick in your head to help you remember the points being made- eg the blue baseball cap and the red baseball cap analogy is used to describe the fast acting side of your brain versus the slow, thinking part of the brain. He makes it very clear how these two parts of our brains act, and why we need both parts of our brain to work together.
The author also explains how we talk to ourselves constantly, and every so often, the things we say in our heads will prevent us from moving forward. We can play the “blame card” when we don’t get the results we want, but this won’t help us to improve ourselves. He also explains that E(vent) + R(eaction) = O(utcome) and how this means we are able to change our reactions to achieve more positive outcomes.
There are multiple examples of ordinary situations which really helped me think about how to apply the progressive ideas into my life.
I loved the chapter named “Hippo time”, as it explained the fact that we have to be nice to ourselves and allow ourselves to feel bad about things when we need to, and it’s ok for us to do that.
I found the chapter on the beachball extremely interesting. The author makes it easy to see how people can see things from different points of view, which can sometimes make it difficult to understand one another.
The author repeated the key points at various times to reinforce important messages throughout the book.
I would recommend this book to friends, and some adults that I know too.
It’s a book I will keep on my shelf so that I’m able to look at it again from time to time to remind me of the six S.U.M.O. secrets to being as positive and confident a teenager as I can be.
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- Name: Sarah
- Age: 15 years
- Likes: politics, history and reading
- Dislikes: maths and chemistry
- Favourite Book: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
- Favourite Film: Divergent
- Favourite Song: No.1 Party Anthem by Arctic Monkeys