Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Book Review: Sleepovers

'Amy, Bella, Chloe, Daisy and Emily are friends at school and have their own Alphabet Club (just look at their initials!). Daisy is the newest member and is desperate to fit in, even though Chloe is very unfriendly to her at times. 
When the girls begin planning sleepover parties for their birthdays, Daisy is dreading her own - she doesn't know what her friends will make of her rather special older sister.' - AMAZON

Sleepovers is a book which focuses on the themes of new beginnings, friendship, dealing with learning disabilites. It resonated with me particularly because I could identify with it because I could relate with the idea of growing up and feeling like an 'other' when pursuing new friendships/relationships and understanding the emotional impact of dealing with that. I think most young people will be able to relate to that in some way shape of form whether that is starting a new school, joining a new friendship group or starting your first job. There are some important lessons to take away with you from this which I would love to to share with you!

Embrace your differences:
When you are a young child fitting in and hanging out with the cool kids is at the top of your priority list. At that moment that is what is most (one of the most ) because you are learning about yourself and developing new friendships outside of the family during this period. It is imperative to acknowledge that each child is different in their own way and that should not prevent them from making friends. It is important to show children that every child is unique and special in their own way. Lily,  Chloe's sister had special needs which initially Chloe was embarassed of but eventually she grew to understand that is the way she was created and and learned to accept her for who she was.

No matter how nice you are, some people simply will not like you:
You could be the sweetest, most loveliest person in the world and somebody will still have an issue with you. Chloe was the ultimate mean girl, she always had something negative to say even if nobody had done anything to cause a reactiom from her. In life we have to accept that you will not be everyone's cup of tea and it's not something you can control however, you can decide on your reaction to your knowledge of that.

Choose your friends carefully: 
Children have the option to decide who they want to play with, who they want to befriend and who they want to share their time with. It is crucial for them to understand that although they may want to grow their friendship circle, they do not have to be best of friends with people that are liked by everyone else. They deserve friends who are have a mutual respect and care for one another.

Sleepovers is available for purchase today on Amazon.

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