Like other volumes in the series, photographs, charts, and diagrams break up dense, sophisticated texts consisting of scientific terminology and explanations; readership will be limited. The facts are generally solid, and the personalstories approach may draw in some readers, but due to the writers' tin ears for teen dialogue ("Whoa, sorry, dude"), the relentlessly upbeat endings, some cultural stereotyping, and ineffectual stock photos, others will feel condescended to. The dense text, supported by quotes, graphs, and charts, provides an overview of multiple viewpoints about mental illness and antidepressants. Functioning as Cliffs Notes for research projects, the series collects and presents bits and pieces of information in a way that doesn't model good research skills. The book's uncluttered designed, with one photo per page, will help children (such as those with autism spectrum disorders) who may need a more structured approach to basic routines.
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