Book Review: Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos

May 13, 2013 at 3:26 pm 3 comments

DrBirdsAdvice“For a year, I’ve been seeing an imaginary therapist. Her name is Dr. Bird. She is a large pigeon, human-size.”

James Whitman’s poetic hero is Walt (same last name). Walt’s poetry, his celebration of all things, his barbaric YAWP! All inspire James to try his best not to be depressed, but to celebrate himself. But that’s easier said than done.

James’ sister was expelled under mysterious circumstances, his parents aren’t exactly models of support, and he can’t seem to help messing up other people’s’ lives.

The only one who really understands him is Dr. Bird, who knows what it’s like in James’ head and tries to help. But there’s only so much an imaginary pigeon therapist can do. So James must find a way to help himself.

My review:
I rooted for James so much. He’s a depressed guy, struggling but doing the best he can, and when he realizes he needs help, he does what he needs to do to get it. Sometimes that’s the hardest, bravest thing you can do. Whether he’s funny, heartbreaking, or joyfully yawping, James is really trying. Trying to let new people in, trying to help himself, to confront some of his demons, and yes, to celebrate himself. Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets reminded me that everyone has their own struggle, but we also all have something in ourselves worth celebrating. YAWP!

Reviewed by:
Katie Clark, Teen Librarian

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