A is for Awkward is a book centered around the importance of gaining healthy self-esteem and helping teens realize that they’re not alone. It’s a book of encouragement and real world advice written in a relatable style that resonates with teens. Every page has a letter of the alphabet paired with a unique work of art and a word that is discussed in a paragraph below.

Topics from the importance of understanding puberty to the power of relationships are just a few examples of the significant subjects discussed in A is for Awkward. At the end of the book there’s a list of resources including helpful phone numbers and websites available for teens. The goal of A is for Awkward is to help middle school students feel comfortable in their own skin, addressing various topics providing advice, encouragement, and resources they can use. 

The book was written and illustrated by older teens for younger teens, demonstrating how youth can and will make a difference in society. This book explores those ever so dreaded awkward years and how one can turn their middle school experience into positive stage of gaining self-esteem, developing healthy relationships, and encouraging one another.

Aryelle Jacobsen currently attends AC Reynolds High School (class of 2018) in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina and lives with her mom, dad, brother, two dogs and hedgehog. She enjoys Cross Fit, running, backpacking, traveling, marching band and spending time with her friends and family. She plans to study public health in college and hopes to someday open a school.

Event date: 
Monday, January 29, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
55 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801
A is for Awkward: A Guide to Surviving Middle School Cover Image
By Aryelle Jacobsen, Olson Huff (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781630514426
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Innerquest - July 31st, 2017