Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Meet Your Happy Chemicals: Dopamine, Endorphin, Oxytocin, Serotonin by Loretta Graziano Breuning

A special thank you to Goodreads First Reads for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. 

This book was just okay for me. I really wanted to like it, but like other reviewers, I just couldn't get into it. The introduction was very weak and didn't grab my attention. It read like an essay, for example "This book will..." and I found "The Chapters Ahead" section irrelevant. 

That being said, there was some good information, but the presentation was lacking and the writing was basic which didn't lend itself to the robust topics covered. The sentences were short, choppy, and repetitive starting with the same phrasing over and over. I think the writer would have benefited greatly with a substantive edit and a good Copy Editor. For me, the book read like a textbook and I found the charts to be a cumbersome pedagogical feature—are people really going to fill them out? There was a lot of filler when the topics could have been expanded upon. Perhaps this would have made a nice article instead of a book.

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