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Read Your Mind: You Are Enough

Wednesday, January 27 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Zoom Webinar
Audience: Teens, Teen Reads, Teen Events, Teen Health, Parents & Teachers

January’s featured book is You Are Enough by Jen Petro-Roy. Jen will be interviewed by fellow YA author Kim Savage. Our community guest will be nutritionist Amy Taylor-Grimm.

Register for this Zoom Webinar here:

https://networkmaine.zoom.us/webinar/register/6116050292840/WN__hK7OAxnS2mErFuvksI81g

Content warning: Topics discussed in this series include anxiety, depression, suicide, self harm, and other sensitive mental health topics. Support resources will be provided at the beginning and end of each session, and on the PPL and LPL websites. If you are in need of immediate support, call Maine Crisis Services 1-888-568-1112 or text NAMI Maine’s Teen Support Line at (207) 515 – 8398.

You Are Enough: This nonfiction self-help book for young readers with disordered eating and body image problems delivers real talk about eating disorders and body image, tools and information for recovery, and suggestions for dealing with the media messages that contribute so much to disordered eating.

You Are Enough answers questions like:

  • What are eating disorders?
  • What types of treatment are available for eating disorders?
  • What is anxiety?
  • How can you relax?
  • What is cognitive reframing?
  • Why are measurements like BMI flawed and arbitrary?
  • What is imposter syndrome?
  • How do our role models affect us?
  • How do you deal with body changes?
  • . . . just to name a few.

Many eating disorder books are written in a way that leaves many people out of the eating disorder conversation, and this book is written with a special eye to inclusivity, so that people of any gender, socioeconomic group, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, or chronic illness can benefit.

Eating disorder survivor Jen Petro-Roy draws from her own experience with anorexia, OCD, and over-exercising, as well as research and interviews with survivors and medical professionals, to deliver a toolkit for recovery, written in a easy-to-understand, conversational way.

You can purchase a copy of You Are Enough from our local partners at Print: Bookstore

About the Authors:

JEN PETRO-ROY was born, raised, and still lives in Massachusetts, even though she rejects the idea that snow and cold are ever a good thing. She started writing in third grade, when her classroom performed a play she had written. It was about a witch and a kidnapped girl and a brave crew of adventurers who set out to save the day. As a kid, numerous pictures of Jen often featured Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley Twins books clutched in her hand, so it was just a matter of time until she started writing her own books for children.

In the past, Jen has worked as a teacher and a teen and children’s librarian. She loves running, board games, trivia, and swimming, and has a mild obsession with the television show Jeopardy.

KIM SAVAGE is the author of three critically acclaimed novels, After the Woods (Booklist’s Top 10 Crime Fiction) Beautiful Broken Girls (Kirkus’ 10 Best of 2017), and In Her Skin (ALA Best Fiction of 2019; Eliot Rosewater Finalist 2021), all with Farrar, Straus, Giroux/Macmillan. Her novels have been published in Spain, Brazil, and Turkey, and have been optioned for streaming series. Kim presents at conferences and book festivals nationwide; has been featured on NPR and on local cable stations; and she reads from her novels at bookstores across the country. A former reporter with a Master’s degree in Journalism, Kim’s stories are based in and around Boston. She lives with her family not far from the real Middlesex Fells Reservation of After the Woods, and has three children who beg to appear in her books. They shouldn’t.


 

About the Series » Read Your Mind: Teen Mental Health Series

 

Read Your Mind: Exploring Mental Health in Teen Books is a monthly, virtual series focusing on teen mental health & wellness. Featuring YA authors and community health experts, we hope to explore complex and common health concerns through the vehicle of Teen books. 

All Read Your Mind sessions:

  • Will take place live on Zoom, the last Wednesday of every month @ 12 PM*;
  • Focus on a particular and unique youth mental health topic;
  • Feature authors of fiction and nonfiction books for teens;
  • Feature a community support partner with expertise in the mental health topics covered in each book;
  • Will leave time for anonymous audience Q&A;
  • Are intended for teenagers and adults who work with teens;
  • Will be recorded and made available for future viewing.

For information on individual events, please see the calendar entries below. We’ll be adding more events as the school year continues so check back soon!

The Read Your Mind series is brought to you by a partnership between the Portland Public Teen Library, the Lewiston Public Teen Library, Print: A Bookstore, and many local community partners who work with young people. Visit Print Bookstore if you would like to purchase any of the books featured in this series.

Questions about this series can be sent to teens@portlib.org.