Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets

Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets

Evan Roskos / Mar 29, 2020

Dr Bird s Advice for Sad Poets I hate myself but I love Walt Whitman the kook Always positive I need to be positive so I wake myself up every morning with a song of myself Sixteen year old James Whitman has been yawping la Whitma

  • Title: Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets
  • Author: Evan Roskos
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  • Page: 451
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  • I hate myself but I love Walt Whitman, the kook Always positive I need to be positive, so I wake myself up every morning with a song of myself Sixteen year old James Whitman has been yawping la Whitman at his abusive father ever since he kicked his beloved older sister, Jorie, out of the house James s painful struggle with anxiety and depression along with h I hate myself but I love Walt Whitman, the kook Always positive I need to be positive, so I wake myself up every morning with a song of myself Sixteen year old James Whitman has been yawping la Whitman at his abusive father ever since he kicked his beloved older sister, Jorie, out of the house James s painful struggle with anxiety and depression along with his ongoing quest to understand what led to his self destructive sister s exile make for a heart rending read, but his wild, exuberant Whitmanization of the world and keen sense of humor keep this emotionally charged debut novel buoyant.

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      • Evan Roskos

        Evan Roskos was born and raised in New Jersey, a state often maligned for its air and politics but rightly praised for its produce One of Narrative s Best New Writers, Evan s fiction has appeared in Granta s New Voices online feature, as well as in Story Quarterly, The Hummingbird Review, and BestFiction He earned an MFA from Rutgers University Newark and teaches literature and writing courses for Rowan University and Rutgers Camden His debut novel is Dr Bird s Advice for Sad Poets.


    1. Evan Roskos' debut novel tells the anything-but-sweet story of a 16-year-old suffering from depression and with good reason. His older sister has been kicked out of the house. The twin terrors that are his parents (nicknamed "The Brute" and "The Banshee") are physically and mentally painful to be around. And high school? Well, the brick factories we call "schools" are never ideal environments for sensitive souls like James Whitman, a distraught kid whose only joy is memorizing his namesake's poe [...]

    2. This was one of those books you finish reading, close the cover, and gaze at fondly, as if at a good friend. (Cheesy, but I can't help. it.) James Whitman is a character that we all would love to be friends with, because he's real, he's sensitive, he's smart, and even though he is dealing with a whole lot in his life, he has a wicked sense of humor and makes us laugh. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary realistic fiction. The Walt Whitman references are excellent as well, a [...]

    3. I'm a big fan of YA fiction, mainly because I believe that the anxiety, self-consciousness, and self-loathing that begin in adolescence never really go away and, for some of us, may actually increase over time. For these reasons, this book is right in my wheelhouse. What's new to me, though, is YA from a teenage male's point of view. Most of the YA books I read are by women, about girls, and any YA book that I've read with a male character has tended to fall more in the fantasy or sci-fi genres [...]

    4. A few weeks ago, we were discussing constructions of masculine identity in children’s literature. We had read an article by the fantastic Perry Nodelman about the stereotypes applied to men and boys where their masculinity is concerned. These stereotypes were collected under headings such as “phallic masculinity” and “group masculinity.” To cut a long winded ramble short, it was an interesting read and if you want the name of the article, ask me.Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets constr [...]

    5. James's sister Jorie got kicked out of the house after she was expelled from school. Now he doesn't know where she is or how to get in touch with her, and he needs to talk with her because he needs to connect with someone who completely understands what's going on.When the girl James is crushing on asks him to help her locate Jorie's poetry for submission to the school literary journal, he's torn. He doesn't want to go through her things, but he does want to have Beth's attention. Plus, it could [...]

    6. As a HS English teacher and lover of Walt Whitman, I can’t express how much I loved this book. It tackles some tough subjects but never ever does it in a way that feels preachy or clinical. Roskos’ writing is honest and authentic; it makes the reader want to follow James on his journey and root for him.I’m always looking for a good book that addresses depression in a realistic way and is relatable to students. This book does both of those things. The main character, James, deals with thoug [...]

    7. Roskos, E. (2013). Dr. Bird's advice for sad poets. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 310 pp. ISBN: 978-0-547-92853-1. (Hardcover); $16.99. Fans of Vizzini's Kind of a Funny Story will appreciate this Yawping fine look at mental health. Unlike Vizzini's book, however, readers see a young man, James Whitman, scrambling to figure out ways to pay for the therapy his dysfunctional father (and others) think is a waste of money. James battles depression by reading Walt Whitman poetry. The text has echoes of S [...]

    8. Do you ever just randomly pick up a book without knowing much about it and it's just the perfect thing for your life? Well that's what happened for me. I wandered into the bookstore with the goal of just getting a coffee but then Dr Bird's caught my eye. I had no idea what it was about, but I saw the blurbs from Matthew Quick and Jesse Andrews and thought "I need to read this". Turns out Dr. Bird's is about a boy with depression and anxiety. The synchronicity is rather freaky because I've suspec [...]

    9. I thought Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets was an OK read, but nothing too special. This story about sixteen-year-old James Whitman, who has anxieties, a depression and an abusive father, is very slow paced. I felt like nothing really happened The characters are also a bit flat, maybe because the main character is very self absorbed. In Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets are a lot of references, for example to Twilight and Lady Gaga. Normally I like those references in a book, but this time I felt l [...]

    10. I knew that I would enjoy Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets so I don't really have an excuse as to why it's taken me so long to finally sit down and read this book. But I am so, so glad that I finally did take the plunge.I loved following James, a teen who is trying to put the pieces together and cope with his sister being both expelled from school and kicked out of the house. On top of that, he's got his own issues and seeing this all play out with the help of Walt Whitman and James's imaginary t [...]

    11. DR. BIRD’S ADVICE FOR SAD POETS was a wonderful, refreshing surprise. James Whitman is battling depression. His abusive father has just kicked James’s older sister, Jorie, out of the house when she’s expelled from school, and when he refuses to pay for James to see a therapist, James finds his own manners of coping. Mainly, talking to a pigeon outside his window (Dr. Bird), quoting Walt Whitman, and hugging trees. As James tries to make sense of Jorie’s fate, he realizes he may share man [...]

    12. I was very happy to be given the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Evan Roskos' Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets (due out in 2013). James Whitman (the protagonist) is truly a character anyone can believe in, understand, laugh along with-because the humor is great (Roskos knows how to use humor to create sympathetic characters without making a caricature of their struggles; instead their jokes, banter, spats, and retorts make them seem all the more human.) James may be in high school but he [...]

    13. Evan Roskos's debut novel is a strange, brilliant creation. Walt Whitman-obsessed James Whitman has depression. He needs therapy, and not just from the imaginary bird therapist in his head. But his distant, angry parents are unlikely to help him seek medical attention and his older sister was recently kicked out.DR. BIRD'S ADVICE FOR SAD POETS could be a very dreary, painful book. But it's quite funny and hopeful. James is a fairly normal teenage boy, albeit a little weird about the environment. [...]

    14. Actual rating: 4.35 starsFor a year, I've been seeing an imaginary therapist. Her name is Dr. Bird. She is a large pigeon, human-size. She wears no clothes. Because she's a bird.This is the type of person James Whitman is. He hugs trees and talks to Dr. Bird when he's feeling depressed. He is the type of person who memorizes Walt Whitman, likes to yawp, and risks his life to save injured animals from buses, even though sometimes those animals turn out to be Tastykake wrappers, and he turns out w [...]

    15. Don’t you just love it when you open a book and it draws you in so completely that you’re loathe to close it for any reason? Evan Roskos has written such a book. The characters and pacing grab the reader and don’t let go. Synopsis taken from :“I hate myself but I love Walt Whitman, the kook. Always positive. I need to be more positive, so I wake myself up every morning with a song of myself.” Sixteen-year-old James Whitman has been yawping (à la Whitman) at his abusive father ever sin [...]

    16. This book was so incredibly refreshing and unlike any YA book I've read in awhile. James Whitman shares a last name with his poetic inspiration Walt Whitman and enjoys Songs of Myself, hugging trees for their therapeutic value, and yawping. James Whitman yawps all day long if only to save his sanity. He sees things that most people are blind to, and has an imaginary therapist manifested as a pigeon. James Whitman suffers from crippling panic attacks and depression, which is understandable in the [...]

    17. James Whitman (no relation to poet Walt Whitman, whom he adores) has been struggling ever since his abusive father kicked his older sister Jorie out of the house. His struggle with depression and anxiety is made even worse by his parents' refusal to pay for therapy. He tries to go forward (and let out Walt Whitman-like YAWPs while doing so) by getting a job, working on a literary mag, and making an effort to see his sister, but he gets caught up and bogged down in the details of his sister's exp [...]

    18. James Whitman is a troubled teen whose way of dealing with a dreadful home life isn't to head down some slippery slope of self-destruction, but to hug trees, find solace in the poetry of Walt (namesake) Whitman - and to get advice from his Inner Therapist, who happens to bea bird. Dr. Bird, an invention born of James's angst, is a big part of what makes him such a lovable character. His first-person narrative is full of brilliant flashes of humor, which on the surface of it, soften the pain of h [...]

    19. Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets has several things going for it. It's main character, James Whitman, seems tailor-made for me. He's a sensitive, awkward, neurotic teenager with some inner demons, and a love for the poetry of Walt Whitman. The book is littered with shameless Whitman quotes (yes!) and dotted with James' own barbaric yawp, complete with exclamation marks!I believe it will be a hard sell for the majority of my students, though. While the characterization is solid, the plot sort of m [...]

    20. This is a story about 16 year old James Whitman who is severely depressed and anxious. His sister was recently expelled from school and kicked out of the house and his parents seem abusive. (I say seem abusive because it's hard to tell if they actually are or, if James has just escalated the situation in his brain.) James spends the entirety of the book trying to fix himself and find answers to why his sister was expelled and a way to get her back into school.The story basically revolves around [...]

    21. Whoa that was heavy. Roskos basically held my hand and walked me (pulled me? dragged me?) back through a few years of my life that up until now seemed very, very distant. Thanks, I guess? I hope this book serves a different kind of purpose for others who read it (hopefully teensof course because that is the intended audience, right?). I don't know what that purpose will be, but I hope it's positive and entertaining and interesting and eye-opening and funny. This book has all those elements, but [...]

    22. An absolutely outstanding read! Roskos didn't hold back while writing this story, and that quiet confidence will pay dividends to readers for years to come. The weaving of Whitman's writing into the story was seamless, and I envied the raw, and often humorous exploration into anxiety and depression that affects not only an individual, but a family. DR. BIRD'S ADVICE FOR SAD POETS is a thoroughly entertaining read that will easily stand the test of time!

    23. James' anxiety and depression has worsened since his sister was kicked out of their abusive home, but he has a good friend, a girl who likes poetry as much as he does, and "Dr. Bird," an imaginary pigeon therapist.

    24. Yawp, yawp!Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets was an amazing read! I enjoyed it the whole time I had been reading it! It is hard to believe that a book could bring my moods up to the highest it can be, and then plunge my soul into absolute hell, only to bring it right back up again. How can a book do that!? Crazy! But this book surely did.Meet James Whitman, a quirky odd teenage boy, who finds pleasures in hugging trees, carrying around his own paperback copy of his favorite poet Walt Whitman, and [...]

    25. This was a very good YA novel. It packed an emotional punch without being desperately bleak. I didn't connect with it in quite the same way I did with John Green's novels for example, but that's really the only reason why this isn't a 5-star rating.

    26. (Find the original review and more at Jellyfish Reads.)James Whitman is a teenage boy who loves Walt Whitman. He loves poetry and photography and trees and birds. He hugs trees to make himself feel better. He suffers from anxiety and depression and has an imaginary pigeon as his therapist. His parents are abusive, and his sister no longer lives in the house with them, ever since she got into a fight at school and was expelled and subsequently kicked out of the house. He wants his sister back.Thi [...]

    27. „I hate myself but I love Walt Whitman, the kook. I need to be more positive, so I wake myself up every morning with a song of myself.“Evan Roskos’ debut novel centers around the sixteen year old James Whitman suffering from anxiety and depression. With his abusive father and his older sister, Jorie, suddenly being kicked out of the house, he starts to feel lower than ever. The only one he feels like talking to is Dr. Bird, an imaginary pigeon used as a therapist. While trying to get his s [...]

    28. James Whitman is depressed. His family isn’t ideal, his home isn’t happy, his sister was expelled from school and their parents kicked her out of the house. James misses her. James loves Walt Whitman’s poetry. He hugs trees when he’s sad. He has a crush on Beth, one of the editors of the literary magazine at school (but she has a boyfriend). His best friend Derek is having an affair with an almost-married older woman. They work at a pizza place together. James is working so he can afford [...]

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