4 out of 4 stars
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What does respect mean to you? If someone asks you to tell them how you think they should show respect to you, what would be your answer? I am sure that the answers to these questions would be subjective to some extent, but the bottom line is that we all want to be respected. In RESPECT: What Does It Mean To You by Dr. Monica Young Andrews, readers will gain insights into the things that cause disrespect and how to earn respect.
Dr. Monica recounts how she and her mother used to be at loggerheads when she was a teenager. Then, the author's mother would always complain that she wasn't respecting her. Being both young and having no idea what her mother meant, the author struggled to understand what she was doing wrong. As a result, that period of her life was a painful one. Today, both the author and her mother wish they had formed a better relationship back then. Hence, the author seeks to help teenagers, parents, and curious readers with an insightful dissection of what respect means.
Firstly, I am thankful that this book crossed my path! This 74-page book is both inspiring, educational, and well written. The author uses a calm conversational tone to relate her message to the reader. I appreciate how well organized the book is and like how the author divided her thoughts into four relatable parts because it made the book very simple and easy to understand. My favorite is part 4. It is titled 'Give and Receive' and talks about how we need to give value and respect to get respect in return.
What I like most about this book is how relatable and relevant its message is in our society. I am sure that we have all felt disrespected more than once in our lives. So I love that the author covers the perspectives of both the teenager and the parent in this book. I also appreciate that the author takes variables like culture, generation gap, and patience into consideration in her message because it would help promote flexibility in how we perceive respect. I commend the author for sharing the stories of some individuals concerning the topic, as it helped me with real-life examples of the points she made.
Furthermore, I found the 'Reflection questions' and 'Activities' sections at the end of every chapter to be didactic. Through answering the questions and performing the activities, I evaluated myself and found out where I was failing to respect myself and others. And most importantly, I understood what I needed to do to form a healthy relationship with the people around me.
I think it already shows that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Honestly, there is nothing at all to dislike about it. The author's writing style is clear, and I really like the beautiful illustrations by the author's granddaughter, Naiya Redmond, which make the book even more appealing. The book is also exceptionally edited and without any errors. So there's nothing left but to award this book a well-deserved four out of four stars. I highly recommend it to teenagers, parents, prospective parents, and any reader who is interested in knowing what respect means and wishes to gain the respect of others.
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