Dr. Bird 's Advice For Sad Poets

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Often in a novel the author uses their writings to talk about serious subjects and form a theme that has an important meaning and message behind it. In the coming of age novels Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos and, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, the theme that you should celebrate everything you are because what you’re feeling is valid and shall pass is common throughout both books. In Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets the main character, James Whitman is a junior in highschool who wakes up yawping and quoting Walt Whitman. From the outside he looks like an enigma. He lives in a small town with his abusive dad who kicked his sister, Jorie, out and, his submissive mother. James is struggling with severe depression and anxiety. To help cope with what he’s feeling, James’ has an imaginary, human size, bird, therapist. Because she’s living inside James’ head she is only able to tell James things he already knows but just doesn 't really want to admit. He talks to his therapist, “Dr. Bird”, while he works at a pizza parlor to save up enough money to go to a real therapist, since he knows his parents won’t get him one. Another way James deals with his feeling is by hugging trees and writing poetry. He begins to help write his school 's literary magazine and starts to fall in love with head writer, Beth. To make things worse, James continues to blame himself for his sister’s misfortune. James’ sister, Jordie, was a senior in highschool when she

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