Book Review: Express Yourself: The One-Year Journal for Girls by Katherine Flannery

Express Yourself: The One-Year Journal for Girls

Author Katherine Flannery

Illustrations by Elizabeth Graeber

Rockridge Press (November 27, 2018)

Children’s Books/Education & Reference/Journal Writing/School-Age Girls/Parenting




Express Yourself is a one-year journal for teen girls with thought-provoking prompts for self-exploration, inspiration, and free expression.

Teen girls have a lot to say―and even more to write about. Chronicling one year’s worth of discoveries, dreams, and day-to-day happenings, Express Yourself gives girls the gift of getting to know themselves.

From describing a favorite daydream to documenting the world around them, this journal engages teens with important questions for reflection. With dedicated space for daily expression―plus wise words from smart women for inspiration―Express Yourself gives every girl the space to write her story.

Truths, daydreams, fears, hopes, likes, hates―Express Yourself offers girls an outlet for self-exploration, with:

  • Weekly writing prompts that encourage girls to reflect on the most impactful events of their teenage years.
  • Space for daily notes to write regularly, even if it is just a quick few lines.
  • Inspirational quotes from leading ladies in every industry, including comedians, writers, actresses, politicians, and more!
  • Years from now, when she has grown up into an amazing woman, she will look back at the pages in Express Yourself and remember where it all began.




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Spend a few minutes a day and create a unique time capsule by journaling. Reflecting on your day and putting it down on paper can maximize your joy when something great happens and also serve as a tool to get something off your chest. This journal gives you the space to record a year’s worth of experiences and memories and feelings. Weekly space for daily reflections, a quote, and a question for the week. There are 20 questions at the end of the book to reflect on your year. This is an open journal, whereas you can start at anytime of the year, you don’t have to start January 1st or at the beginning of a month. I think this journal is a great introduction for young girls to start the journaling practice.

An example of weekly questions:

  • If you could redo any day of your life, what day would you pick and what would you do differently?
  • If you could fix one thing about the world, what would it be? How would people’s lives be different?
  • Do you want to live somewhere else when you grow up? If so, where and why? If not, what do you love about where you live?
  • What is your absolute best memory from being a little kid? How do you feel thinking about it?
  • Think about the coolest person you know-in real life, a celebrity, anybody. What makes them so awesome? What do you have in common with them?
  • What is the top think you think people don’t get about you? Are you glad or upset that they don’t get it?


ARC provided by Publisher

Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (November 16, 2018)

About the Author

KATHERINE FLANNERY is a writer and editor living in New Jersey with her husband, dog, and fighting fish. She had a mohawk as a teenager and remembers it being both the hardest and absolute best time of her life. Her journals from those years are now precious to her. She just wishes she had more of them.

ELIZABETH GRAEBER is an artist and illustrator living in the DC area with her husband and two small dogs. She always liked drawing in sketchbooks and still does today. See samples of her work on her site


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