Mya Recommends: Quiet Power

Mya is 15 years old and an avid reader. We love talking about books together. I thought a teenage perspective might be beneficial if you are searching to find books for a teenager of your own. Mya was willing to help out. Here is one of her picks:

From Amazon: Susan Cain sparked a worldwide conversation when she published Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. With her inspiring book, she permanently changed the way we see introverts and the way introverts see themselves.

The original book focused on the workplace, and Susan realized that a version for and about kids was also badly needed. This book is all about kids' world—school, extracurriculars, family life, and friendship. You’ll read about actual kids who have tackled the challenges of not being extroverted and who have made a mark in their own quiet way. You’ll hear Susan Cain’s own story, and you’ll be able to make use of the tips at the end of each chapter. There’s even a guide at the end of the book for parents and teachers. This insightful, accessible, and empowering book, illustrated with amusing comic-style art, will be eye-opening to extroverts and introverts alike.

From Mya: Quiet Power is the teen version of the book Quiet by Susan Cain. I would describe Quiet Power as a book written to help introverts realize and embrace how great it is to be an introvert. As an introvert myself, I loved this book!

Throughout the book, the author gave helpful tips and told stories about introverts that I found so relatable. I read my library’s copy, but I want a copy of my own. I want to re-read this book and be able to underline the quotes and ideas I found within its pages. It was that good!

If you are an introvert or know an introvert this is a book you should read.

From Megan: I stumbled upon Quiet Power in the YA section of our local library. Having read and loved the adult version, I grabbed it hoping my daughter would read it. She did and as you read above she loved it. I love it when I hand my kids a book that resonates with them (mom for the win!). I also love the message of this book and how it helped my daughter embrace who she is as well as give her tools to harness her quiet power as she grows into adulthood (win-win!).

The original book by Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, was so empowering to me. As an introvert in a culture that places a high value on extroversion, I often felt like my quietness was a flaw. It’s not. It is a strength and I was thankful for the reminder for myself and now for my daughter.

If you can relate, you need to read this book. If you don’t, you also need to read this book it will give you a better understanding and a greater appreciation for the introverts in your life.

Have you read either of these books? What did you think?


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