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Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets

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Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets

Sixteen-year-old James Whitman loves poetry, hugging trees, talking to birds and a girl who barely knows him. These things keep him going through the difficulties of high school even when they might be confusing or unstable. James struggles with much more on top of the already painful trials of high school. His home life isn’t the greatest, and his sister Jorie recently got kicked out of their house. He also suffers from depression and anxiety, but is often calmed with Walt Whitman’s poetry and the development of really solid friendships. Beth, a girl at school who is James’s friend (and maybe more,) provides an outlet for him through the publishing of his poetry and pictures.

"Read this book and become temporarily trapped within the mind of a boy who has the ability to find beauty in places most people would say that there isn’t."

Throughout the course of the story, James tries to discover the cause of his sister being kicked out of the house. He isn’t getting answers from his parents or Jorie, and the principal and teachers often give him conflicting stories. As he discovers the difficulties his sister endured, he learns a little more about himself and is able to see things in a much clearer light.

If you enjoyed THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, you will love this book. Written with a lighthearted spirit and a message of hope to those in high school trying to get by, Roskos delivers a decent plotline and interesting allusions to his own poetry. While several cuss words from James’s friend Derek offended me, it was understandably necessary for the setting of the story. When I began this book, I thought it was one of the weirdest things I had ever opened. Shortly after, however, I realized the odd statements were truly just witty and humorous statements from the brain of a not-so-average teenage boy. 

If you’ve ever felt nervous, sad, depressed, angry, alone, in love or maybe even a little crazy, you will be able to relate to this book. The price of this book is well worth your money. Having read it in one sitting, I can honestly tell you it is unique to the current culture of YA novels. Read this book and become temporarily trapped within the mind of a boy who has the ability to find beauty in places most people would say that there isn’t.

Reviewed by Samantha W. on April 11, 2013

Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets
by Evan Roskos

  • Publication Date: April 7, 2015
  • Genres: Fiction, Humor, Young Adult 14+
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0544439538
  • ISBN-13: 9780544439535