I was looking for something to help my daughter navigate the early teen years. I thought this book would be a good fit, so I ordered it. What a mistake.
What this book actually is, is a collection of the stupidest, most inane bit of "advice" ever put forth. Some examples: "Don't use liquid eyeliner. If you want to use liner, use powder." p55. "Don't force your hand too far into the hole (of the toilet bowl)." p72. "Remember: Customer service means giving the customer good service." p177.
Add that to the snippets of garbage from 'real people' -- like this one: "Say what you mean, and mean what you say. Jessica, 18, California."
This whole book reads like the author Googled a bunch of keywords for teens and cut and pasted the results into Word and published the pages.
Seriously, save your money. The author should be ashamed of herself for putting something like this out there.
I recently purchased this as a birthday gift for my younger pre-teen sister. She's alllll about being a teen with ~attitude~, and I think this book is the perfect way to usher a young girl into her teenage years without being inappropriate or shameful to ones body image. I really enjoy the fact that while the book does mention body size and clothing choice, the bottom line remains, "Who cares what you look like, as long as your comfortable, wear whatever makes you feel good!" It's hard to find material for young girls that doesn't body shame or try to mature said girls too quickly. Anyway, this book is filled with handy little tips about loving yourself and doing your best.
I read this book when I was 25 (I'm now 34). I wished I had read it when I was 15! I used to be so shy, uncomfortable around everyone who wasn't my family, and could never figure out how some kids in school used to live life and have fun with such ease. Reading it inspired some amazing life changes for me and I am so glad to the author for writing it. I hope she gets to do another edition that would include GirlWise references about social media, etc. I just bought it for two of my nieces (one is graduating high school, the other a freshman). I love this book!
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