Review by Harriet Jolly

The Young Queen by Parris Goebel 

Parris is a well-known choreographer who rose to fame with the Justin Beiber ‘Sorry’ video. In this book she shows her highs and lows as she struggled with finding her passion at school – she dropped out at 15. She shows us that following your truth and finding where you stand in the world is important. 

Now, at 26, she’s won top awards and has done some amazing things. She’s going from strength to strength.  

In the book, Parris opens up about her struggles with mental health as a teenager, suffering from bullying that affected her body image and lead her to changing schools. Eventually, however, she realised that school wasn’t for her. 

After leaving school, Parris flourished and started a dance crew that started her journey in the competitive dancing world. “I know what I want and Imma get it,” she declared, and she sure did. She didn’t let her mental health struggles control her life and now is living her best life. I encourage all of you to pick up a copy of this book if you relate some of the issues she has dealt with, and want to feel inspired. 

Reviewed by Harriet Jolly, St Hilda's Collegiate. 






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