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VOYAThe subtitle of this book says it all. It addresses the media's obsession with celebrities and how that can adversely affect a teen's self-image. The author admits to her own attempt to become a model because of the media's image of the lifestyle and the adulation that models receive. Once she discovered the difficulty in maintaining the sleek body, she realized how unrealistic her goals had been. Readers are reminded that magazines and other media outlets depend on advertisers for funding. It is to the advertisers' advantage for consumers to believe that certain products will transform them into thin, glowing, shiny-haired beauties like the ones in the advertisements. The author points out the injustice in holding celebrities up as role models when there are totally unknown women in the world making real contributions to society. She devotes a whole chapter to examples of young women who should be held up as role models because of the work they are doing in their communities. The tone of the book is breezy and conversational. Suggestions are offered without seeming preachy or condescending, and the author's own experiences give credence to her advice. Today's computer-savvy teen girls will appreciate the blog that the author has set up to allow readers to respond to questions and comments posted at the end of each chapter. Despite some overused terminology ("It girl," for example), the book comes across as a sincere effort to steer young women away from an unhealthy preoccupation with celebrities. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; SeniorHigh, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, Walker, 160p.; Illus. Further Reading., and Trade pb. Ages 11 to 18.