Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.
Book: The Magical Girl’s Guide to Life
Author: Jacque Aye
Book Series: Standalone
Diversity: Nigerian American narrator
Recommended For…: self-help, self-care, anime, nonfiction, self-growth
Publication Date: December 21, 2021
Age Relevance: 13+ (social anxiety, COVID, the murder of George Floyd and Brianna Taylor, suicidal ideation, weight loss, dieting)
Explanation of Above: Social anxiety is discussed a bit throughout the book and so are methods that one could use to perform self-care afterwards. There is a mention of COVID and the murders of George Floyd and Brianna Taylor. There’s also a mention of suicidal ideation. There’s a little section mentioning weight loss and dieting, but nothing that promotes it.
Publisher: Ulysses Press
Synopsis: Inspired by the wand-wielding, crime-fighting magical girls in your favorite animes and mangas, The Magical Girl’s Guide to Life teaches you how your self-care journey starts by uncovering the magical girl within.
With fun exercises, journal prompts, and personality tests, you’ll quickly learn everything you need to know about your magical girl self, including your magical girl name, what type of power you possess, and what cute companion will perfectly complement your magical girl journey. Once your magical girl identity is locked in, you’ll learn how to take on the world and continue your self-growth by:
Discovering your magical girl gang Punching fear in the face/defining your monster Developing your magical girl beauty routine Finding love after fighting crime And more!
With gorgeous illustrations and entertaining animated characters, The Magical Girl’s Guide to Life reveals how self-love, sisterhood, and magic go together. Perfect for fans of anime and manga like Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura, and more!
Review: Overall, I really loved this book. I thought that the premise was well done and I was hooked from beginning to end. I loved how the book was relatable to me, but also could be to anyone who is way younger than me as well. The book is also targeted to girls, but I feel like anyone would find comfort in this read. The book mainly focuses on uplifting the people who read the book and details a lot of self-care options in it, which I really enjoyed since the pandemic has left me with a lot of anxiety. I also really enjoyed how the author used Magical Girls in media to help convey her messages. And the artwork was just adorable as hell.
The only issue I had with the book is that it’s really short and I felt like there could be more said. I’d love to see this book expanded and have more artwork and/or more in it in general. It was just so good! Also, I find it a crime Totally Spies wasn’t mentioned that much (after Cardcaptor and Sailor Moon, this was a fave of mine!) but I did love seeing the compact they used in the cartoon.
Verdict: Highly recommend!