BOOK REVIEWS

Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-09 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 21 user ratings
ISBN:0399548602
LANGUAGE:English

" From page one I realize this book was not what I was expecting it to be. I was expecting more of an inspirational book for girls/women of all ages instead, I came across a nonfiction/self-help books for girls hitting puberty. Check out my full review on my blog For the Love of Words. " said.

" Encouraging fact of life book that addresses issues on growing up without being preachy. Sure to appeal to those teens that have questions about their changing bodies without the fear of being preached to. " said.

" I didn't love the tone of this. And when I got to the chapter on breast development where it talks about how boys just can't help staring at boobs because they're evolutionarily hard-wired to do so until they learn control, I gave up. You can be fascinated by something and still be held accountable for your actions, and this sounded too much like it was telling girls to put up with being ogled because guys can't help themselves so just get over it. Which is gross. DNF. " said.

"Rating this book is complicated since I am not in the age range that is targeted. However I still wanted to get this book and read it. This was based in several reasons, the biggest one being all the admiration I feel for the author, Mayim Bialik. Reading this book brought me back memories of all those first times and changes I could not understand back then. I wish I would have had access to this book on those scary years of puberty when you start girling up and need sometimes to know more about those changes. More people should let their daughters read this, even if it is real and graphic. It might help them way more than you think. And yes it touches the topic of sex, but keeping them away from information and the words sex or penis is not going to help. Quite the contrary." said.

"There are so many books on growing up and puberty that this book seemed unnecessary. The topics ranged from puberty to diet & exercise to how to be successful in school to love & dating to safe sex to stress & coping to college and life. Although the author explains her reason for writing this book and the mish-mash of topics, it is something that has already been covered. It would have been so much more interesting if she explored going through puberty as a young actress and how she dealt with changes and included stories from her experiences. She could have tied in her feelings that most teens experience regardless of your financial status or whether you are in school or working a full time job as a child actress. There are some really good points in this book, but it's been done before. My 2 cents. " said.

"Mayim Bialik talks about the different hurdles that young girls face as the are growing up, or girling up for that matter. She tackles these things in a way that makes one feels like she is talking to a friend rather than an adult, which sometimes makes going through these different things a little bit easier.

I gave this book a four star rating more for the fact that it is very well written and I believe it will be very helpful for preteen girls. There are a lot of books for parents to talk to their kids on this subject, but I think it is also important for young women to have a book they can reference to themselves.

I wish there was a book like this when I was Girling Up. I believe it would have helped me tremendously get through my preteen years a little bit better.
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"I'm a good 20-30 years older than the recommended target for this book, so I only read it because I have a lot of respect for Bialik (and I'm a huge fan of her work). I liked that the overall message to pre-teen and teen girls was "it's all okay" - meaning how their bodies are changing, how they feel about those changes, etc. It was a very reassuring, a "you're awesome and normal just the way you are" message. I appreciate that the book dove into weightier topics like sexting and consent. However, perhaps those 20-30 years have made me jaded. The tone and language of it seemed so oversimplified and childish to me. I cannot imagine a 18-year-old girl (the oldest target age Bialik has mentioned on her press tour) reading this and not rolling their eyes on every page at the simplistic phrases and even vague-bordering-on-prudish descriptions of some things. Either that or I have a very poor memory of myself or I had a very large vocabulary as a teenager. However, for pre-teen girls, I think that it could be a useful tool to help start a lot of conversations." said.

"This is a good book for young girls, probably around the time they go through early puberty. Most of it is also applicable to boys and I'm not sure why she only focused on girls. I have a son and a daughter and this would be a handy little guide for discussion but the bent of the book would make it a little strange for my son.

One nice thing is that it briefly touches on transgender issues though strangely I don't think there was any mention of homosexuality. She also discusses being a late bloomer a lot which kept making me think of asexual people who won't develop sexual feelings later on despite whatever other "blooming" they might do (and ironically probably what the Sheldon character really is on the Big Bang Theory). I know it's a short book and she can't cover everything but these seemed like notable oversights given the topics she did cover.
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