A Smart Girl's Guide to Boys: Surviving Crushes, Staying True to Yourself and Other Stuff

A Smart Girl's Guide to Boys: Surviving Crushes, Staying True to Yourself and Other Stuff

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by Nancy Holyoke, Bonnie Timmons
     
 

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Like the Care and Keeping of You, this book will help girls and parents start important conversations when the whole class is abuzz with "Who Likes Who" fever. Unlike the teen titles on the market that focus on dating and romance, this book addresses a girl's very first forays into the "boy/girl world" and gives her wise, warm advice. Help! letters from…  See more details below

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Like the Care and Keeping of You, this book will help girls and parents start important conversations when the whole class is abuzz with "Who Likes Who" fever. Unlike the teen titles on the market that focus on dating and romance, this book addresses a girl's very first forays into the "boy/girl world" and gives her wise, warm advice. Help! letters from girls--collected from our AmericanGirl magazine files--and quizzes are included, too.

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Publishers Weekly
A Smart Girl's Guide to Boys: Surviving Crushes, Staying True to Yourself, & Other Love Stuff! by Nancy Holyoke, illus. by Bonnie Timmons, gives advice in sections called "How to tell him you like him," "Competition & jealousy" and "How to break up." Teens can read letters from girls and advice from boys as well as trying the "pop" quizzes sprinkled throughout. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Large type, multiple fonts and colors, ample illustrations and succinct presentation will draw girls to this small, information-packed guide to dealing with friends, both girl and boy, as they enter middle school. Using personal statements of teens and question and answer segments, the book covers topics including physical changes of the age group, crushes, coping with the fishbowl environment of school, and "going out," concluding with a short segment about taking care of yourself. Sage advice given to us by our own mothers many years ago (don't write what you don't want the world to know, always use your manners, be honest, once you tell a secret it is no longer one) still applies here but does not come off sounding preachy. Conversation starters, talking to parents, popularity, dances and parties, using the Internet, peer pressure, solving problems and handling getting dumped are just a few of the short topics covered. A great gift idea for a girl entering the adolescent stage. From the American Girl Library. 2001, Pleasant Company, $9.95. Ages 10 to 12. Reviewer: Mary Sue Preissner
VOYA
Peppered with humorous cartoon illustrations and various kinds and colors of typeface, this small paperback is designed to catch the reader's eye and entertain while imparting sound and useful information. Questions that hardly occur to adults but that loom large in a young girl's mind are thoroughly discussed:How do you talk to a boy? What do boys think? Should you tell him you like him? What if he likes you more than you like him? What if you like him more than he likes you? What about getting dumped? Quotations from real kids including boys and scenario quizzes followed by practical advice make for quick reading. The book is so short and has so many drawings that the slowest reader probably could finish it in a few hours. Parents and teachers should know that sex is not a topic here;social aspects of first relationships are the sole subject of the book. Although the Smart Girl's Guide will have adults laughing, preteen and young teen readers will find it absorbing and conceivably might use it as a reference on the road to maturity. Illus. VOYA CODES:3Q 4P M (Readable without serious defects;Broad general YA appeal;Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2001, The Pleasant Company, 112p, $9.95 Trade pb. Ages 11 to 14. Reviewer:Laura Woodruff—VOYA, December 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 5)
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-This upbeat title travels familiar ground, dispensing good advice to girls who are experiencing the first twinges of romance. The book is organized into five main sections: "Brave New World," covering crushes; "Who Likes Who" or how to let a boy know you are interested; "Life in the Fishbowl" on balancing friends and boyfriends; and "Going Together," which offers some ideas for hanging out and advice on the first kiss. The final topic, "Taking Care of You," features a quiz aimed at evaluating how girls are handling themselves in the arena of life with boys. The lively text is interspersed with quick tests and letters from girls. The overall theme, that of developing self-confidence, comes through loud and clear. The comic-book graphics, friendly fonts, and use of color will be appreciated by teens. While none of the information presented here is new, the book does a good job of covering the basics, and readers who are searching for an answer to "Does he like me?" will find help in this text.-Elaine Baran Black, Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584853688
Publisher:
American Girl Publishing
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Series:
American Girl Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.39(d)
Lexile:
630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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A Smart Girl's Guide to Boys: Surviving Crushes, Staying True to Yourself and Other Stuff 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a good book for me! It explained a lot of stuff, and helped me out a lot. I think it is a good book for all you people with crush trouble.
baconchick More than 1 year ago
I got some money from my grandpa and got this book. I've been wanted it for a while. I read this book in about 2 days. I just couldn't put it down. It tells you what to do when you have a crush on a boy. It tells you how you can get together with a boy or with your friends and him and his friends. It help me realize (DING DING) it's not gonna be much longer till me and my friends will be hanging with boys together. I HIGHLY recommend it for 6th graders like me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great!! It helped alot w/ my boy problems
dancechick More than 1 year ago
DO you have crush problems? Well this is a great book for girls that are confused about boys. This book tells you everything that boys look in girls and more. I love this book. GET IT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was okay. it was a little too basic but the pictures were cute so it help children understand better. give this to your 11 year old.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It tells you how you could talk to a boy that you like, and how to be yourself when you're around a boy. I think that this boy guide is great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been dating this REALLY nice, smart, cute, and funny boy(sounds like i'm bragging about my boyfriend) for about 3 years now, and our relationship has been going REALLY good, it's just... I get kind of shy around him. But sometimes I get over being shy, and this book helped me get over it quicker than usual. It is AWESOME :-)
BOOKWORM1660 More than 1 year ago
When I started middle school this year in the 6th grade back in September my mom bought me alot of these books and this one was very helpful for my friends and I.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I simply LOVE this book !!!! I think its educational and fun to read .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love boys now! This book tells you techniques of how to win a boy over if you're stuck. This book is NOT for nerds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was so good i passed it on to all of my friends, we all agreed that this was a good book for boy problems. You really need to read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book not to long ago and felt that it was full of interesting information for younger readers. My age recomendation would be 8-11, because most people older than this have already been in an actual serious relationship and have had a first and second kiss. If you've grown up with an older sibling they've probubly already comunicated most of the information included in this book to you. I thought it was a great confidence builder for my sister,who is nine, but the advice isnt really that helpful for someone experiencing serious teenage emotions. For someone who is just beging to feel differently toward boys it is a good starter book. The best thing about this book is its encouragment to be yourself. So that when the young girls who read it are ready to start a more mature relationship with boys they will only snag guys who have a guenuine intrests in the person they are, not the person they are trying to be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It tells you about , what to do if you freeze, what to do if you don't know what to say! You get hooked from the title!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is great. you get great facts and information about boys. i loved it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this book because i was shy around boys and now im not it gives you confidence
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