Girl Stuff: A Survival Guide to Growing Up

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9780152026448: Girl Stuff: A Survival Guide to Growing Up

Girls approaching puberty have lots of questions: What should they do if their period starts and they aren't prepared? Can they get rid of that zit before tomorrow? Why do they sometimes feel cranky and scared? This comprehensive, reassuring, and compassionate guide will help answer those questions, and many more. Useful sections explain both the physical and psychological changes that adolescence brings and how to cope with them. Written in a no-nonsense style--with quotes from dozens of girls about their own experiences--this essential resource provides practical information about the trials and tribulations of puberty.

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"One of the weirdest words in the English language is puberty. Not only does it sound funny--pew-berty or pube-hurty--it also makes us feel funny now and then as we are going through it. Not ha-ha funny--although there is that, too--but scared, awkward, sad, wildly-happy-one-minute-and-utterly-miserable-the-next, gorgeous, ugly, kind, mean, goofy, silly, you-name-it funny." With these down-to-earth and wise words, authors Margaret Blackstone and Elissa Haden Guest begin their wonderfully straightforward, useful, friendly book on girl stuff: you know, menstruation, peer pressure, zits, emotional roller coasters, health, and "what you never wanted anyone to know you want to know about sex." Homey tips about getting bloodstains out of underpants (and reassurances that it happens to everyone) and what clothing to wear during your period ("Keep a dark sweatshirt at school to wrap around your waist in case you leak through") are interspersed with information about self-defense methods, suggestions on how to tell when a friend is truly a good friend, reproductive anatomy lessons, and stress-busting activities. Sexual orientation is addressed openly and with a liberal attitude. Quotations and questions from girls add an even more authentic teen essence: "The cool girls are the sun, and I feel like I'm on Venus." Barbara Pollack's amusing drawings get to the heart of the matter, without ever being overbearing. This book is the big sister you always hoped for: reassuring, informative, matter-of-fact, nonjudgmental. (Ages 9 to 15) --Emilie Coulter

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Previous paperback edition 2000
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Hardcover edition 2000
0-15-201830-1

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