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Ignite Your Spark: Discovering Who You Are from the Inside Out

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Ignite Your Spark: Discovering Who You Are from the Inside Out

IGNITE YOUR SPARK by Patricia Wooster is an empowering read for any young adult coming-of-age. Discussing relevant topics such as relationships, self-image, goals and failures, the book creates a relatable atmosphere for the reader. Each chapter allows for an in-depth analysis of one self, by detailing scenarios that happen “anywhere in high school,” then prompting the reader to take personality quizzes. After reading each scenario, the reader is left to reflect whether or not this is how they go about life.

Each chapter of IGNITE YOUR SPARK opened my eyes to a broader view of my daily life and behavior, encouraging me to analyze my actions and decisions. The quizzes taken at the beginning of each chapter provided feedback to the type of individual one is, giving you advice on how to tweak your mentality to make you the happiest.

"Wooster creates an engaging environment that makes you want to keep reading for more of her insightful information. She has constructed a tremendous 192 page guideline for every teen looking to find the passion and spark within themselves."

In the fifth chapter, “Put the Spark in School” the reader is able to analyze their commitment and interest level in school. One of the questions reads, “I figure out a way to use my school projects as a way to learn more about my interests. True or false” (73). Readers would then circle the answer that was more appropriate to their life, and after completing the 10 questions, would see if they answered more of the questions true or false. In this specific section, if they answered mostly false, Wooster wrote, “Try to make your school years productive. A positive academic experience can get you one step closer to doing what you want to do. Keep in mind that in a couple years, you and your classmates will scatter in different directions. Your future will always be with you, so take some time to set yourself up for future success” (74).

Not only does Wooster provide insightful quizzes, but she also includes interviews with successful individuals who illustrate their paths to success and the hurdles along the way. These interviews helps the reader understand that anyone can become successful, as long as you recognize what you want to pursue and take action. Additionally, throughout the novel two symbols are used on repeat, the spark ignitor and the spark extinguisher. In the margins of the majority of the pages are one of those two symbols, explaining their use in this particular scenario. The spark ignitor represents ways you can ignite the spark inside of you and the the spark extinguisher marks ways of thinking that damper the spark. These two symbols provide tips for the reader in how to cultivate a “right” frame of mind and mentality.

By reading this novel, any young adult will gain perspective pertaining to their future and doing what they love for a living. Wooster has experience charting paths to success for young adults and has written other books on the topic. Specifically, SO YOU WANT TO WORK IN FASHION? is equally compelling and motivational as this read.

However, I am more partial to IGNITE YOUR SPARK as I found it more relatable to my teenage years, which are centered around finding the “spark” inside yourself. Wooster creates an engaging environment that makes you want to keep reading for more of her insightful information. She has constructed a tremendous 192 page guideline for every teen looking to find the passion and spark within themselves. Throughout, Wooster puts forth a practical action plan for young adults who do not have to wait until adulthood to find their niche in life. 

Reviewed by Ryan H., Teen Board Member on February 27, 2017

Ignite Your Spark: Discovering Who You Are from the Inside Out
by Patricia Wooster

  • Publication Date: January 10, 2017
  • Genres: Nonfiction, Young Adult 12+
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse/Beyond Words
  • ISBN-10: 158270564X
  • ISBN-13: 9781582705644