I Would, But My DAMN MIND Won't Let Me

A teen's guide to controlling their thoughts and feelings

Young Adult - Non-Fiction
132 Pages
Reviewed on 01/17/2016
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Author Biography

Jacqui Letran is a passionate and energetic leader who is truly gifted at helping teens transform into confident, happy and successful young adults. Jacqui teaches teens that success and happiness are possible, regardless of their current struggles or circumstances.

Jacqui is an International Best Selling Author, National Speaker, and Founder of Teen Confidence Academy. She has 16-years of experience in Adolescent Health as a Nurse Practitioner, Success Coach and Teen Confidence Expert. Jacqui is passionate and committed to guiding teens to achieve remarkable success in their academic and personal lives.

She is also the winner of the
2016 Literary Classics Lumen Award and Gold Medal for Youth Non-Fiction
2016 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal Award for Young Adult Non-Fiction

When not working with teens or writing, you can find her traveling in her RV, hiking with her dog or spoiling her two cats. She now lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

You can connect with Jacqui at:
Skype: MsLetran
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

I Would, But My DAMN MIND Won't Let Me (Words of Wisdom for Teens, Volume 2) is a non-fiction self-help book for young adults written by Jacqui Letran. The author has been working in the field of Adolescent Medicine and Mental Health Care for over fifteen years. She introduces her subject by defining and differentiating the conscious and subconscious parts of the human mind, and examines how each functions. While a person can control what the conscious part of the mind does, the subconscious is an entirely different matter. Letran explains how one's attitudes and outlooks can be altered or perpetuated through modification of one's reactions and thought processes. She also offers a number of case studies of young women who were able to resolve underlying issues through her coaching and counselling.

Jacqui Letran's self-help guide for young adults is an engrossing and highly accessible guide for anyone who'd like to understand why they react to stress and stressors the way they do. I was impressed by the way the author introduces the complex and complicated processes that go on in the human mind and especially appreciated how she's adapted her findings and techniques to work with young women. Her case studies were fascinating and clearly demonstrated how depression and other mental health issues can sometimes be resolved without the use of medicines and traditional therapeutic methods. This is a well-written and informative work that is neither condescending nor patronizing of its target audience, and it is highly recommended.

Kathryn Bennett

I Would, But My DAMN MIND Won't Let Me: A Teen Girl's Guide to Understanding and Controlling Her Thoughts and Feelings (Words of Wisdom for Teens) (Volume 2) by Jacqui Letran reminds us that our journey to happiness starts when we believe that happiness is possible. Sadly, for many there are experiences that show us life is not fair and change is hard. However, this book asks what if there was a way to create a change easily, quickly and permanently? This book strives to show teenage girls that they can take charge of their mind and overcome everything that they struggle with. It helps against depression and strives to teach teenagers to achieve success for themselves.

This book is something that everyone should read. Not just teenagers, but all women. While it is geared towards teens and it certainly gets the right message across for teen girls, I think adult women who have not had this kind of self help before could benefit as well. As an adult woman, I read this to see if it would be useful to a friend of mine with a teen daughter with some self esteem issues. I truly think this will be a help to her, but I also found that it will be a help to me. It is well written and you can certainly tell that Jacqui Letran knows what she is talking about and really wants to help young women feel better about themselves. I recommend women and girls alike read this book and learn how to make their life better.

Mamta Madhavan

I Would, But My DAMN MIND Won't Let Me (Words of Wisdom for Teens) (Volume 2) by Jacqui Letran is an empowering book for all teens which speaks about the roller coaster emotions of teenagers and gives advice on wellness, health, and fitness management in general. The book handles everything in an educational manner and all the experiences and stories shared are relatable and palpable to readers. The book connects well with teenagers as it is about their stress and anxiety, and is a useful tool in transforming their thinking power in both the conscious and subconscious mind.

This an excellent read. It helps teenagers make positive changes within themselves and also find some direction in their lives in a good way. This book will help them to identify and fix the problems they face. Reading this book will definitely help teenagers have some control over their thoughts and lives, and will help them change their beliefs, which in turn will help them change their thought processes.

All teenagers should read this book as it is helpful in guiding them to eliminate the baggage they are carrying inside. Jacqui Letran's writing style is simple and easy to understand. I recommend this book to all teenagers who are experiencing low self-esteem, anxiety, stress, and want to improve themselves. The book is not only for teenagers, but is also helpful for adults as well.