Girl World: How to Ditch the Drama and Find Your Inner Amazing

Patricia Ottaviano. Sourcebooks Fire, $15.99 (240p) ISBN 978-1-4926-0963-6
Navigating insecurities and finding trusted friendships can be particularly challenging for teenage girls, acknowledges Ottaviano, founder of the nonprofit organization Sister Soldier—Stand Up for Each Other. In her plainspoken guide to teen social life, she explores such scenarios as being seen as an outsider, ostracized by one’s friends, or cyberbullied. She also discusses ways girls can self-sabotage through negative or limiting ways of thinking, and how bullying is perpetuated by those fearful of being targeted themselves. Phrases like “BFF soul-sistas” may strike some readers as cheesy or inauthentic, and themes of self-love and embracing individuality can become repetitive. Yet Ottaviano’s advice about fighting the pressure to conform, expanding one’s friend base, standing up against cruelty, and apologizing for hurting others can benefit readers throughout high school and beyond. Ages 12–up. Agent: Steven Harris, CSG Literary Partners. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/22/2015
Release date: 08/01/2015
Genre: Children's
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