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"You’d think a Miss America swimsuit winner would feel completely confident about her body, right? Not always! So I decided to write the book I wish I’d had as a teen and in college—an honest, funny, practical, medically accurate, totally reassuring guide to how women’s bodies actually look, smell, feel, behave, and change. Alongside real-deal photographs of women just like you and me (no airbrushing, no supermodels, no kidding) you’ll find medical pictures of things you need to be able to recognize, true confessions by yours truly, and the encouragement you need to appreciate the uniqueness, strength, and beauty of your body. What are you waiting for?"—Nancy Redd

From fashion magazines to taboo Web sites, curious young women have access to tons of old wives' tales about and thousands of airbrushed and inaccurate images of the female body—misinformation and harmful portrayals that can lead to low self-esteem, self-destructive acts, or even disturbing plastic surgery procedures. Teaming up with a leading physician specializing in adolescent health issues, Harvard graduate and former Miss Virginia Nancy Redd now offers a down-to-earth, healing, and reassuring response to those damaging myths. In Body Drama, Redd gives girls insight into the issues they're often too ashamed to raise with a doctor or parent. She also reveals her own experiences with the culture of "American beauty," and shows readers all the many versions of "normal." From body hair and bras, to acne and weight issues, along with crucial issues such as the importance of a healthy self image, Body Drama is a groundbreaking book packed with informative fast facts, FYIs, how-tos, and moving personal anecdotes as well as hundreds of un-retouched photographs. A highly visual book, it’s the first of its kind for women: filled with real information and real photographs of real bodies, to celebrate all our different shapes and sizes.

Named by Glamour magazine as one of America’s top-ten college women "most likely to succeed—at anything," Redd has spent the most recent years of her life on a mission to tackle the issues least discussed but most significant in young women’s lives. Celebrating the many versions of "normal," and replacing seriously erroneous information with the honest, medically proven truth in a language all girls can understand, Body Drama dares to empower a new generation—with facts instead of fantasies, and the priceless gift of self-knowledge.

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AGERANGE: Ages 11 to 18.

Redd writes this book with the intention of helping young women feel better about their bodies. She organizes it into sections labeled skin, boobs, "down there," hair/mouth/nails, and shape. Each section contains various "dramas" wherein Redd discusses the reasons for a body crisis, suggests how readers can cope with the situation, and describes how to camouflage any embarrassing resulting flaws. Graphic anatomical photographs, including a row of female genitalia, showcase the different ways women's bodies look (the book includes a disclaimer stating those photographed are eighteen and over). Although the photos are indeed shocking, they respectfully assure young women that bodies come in all shapes and sizes. The author covers a myriad of physical as well as mental health issues, including cutting and depression. On the down side, Redd plugs her Web site several times in different sections by directing readers for more information about specific topics. Although irritating to some who read the book straight through, readers who dip into it to learn about one or two body dramas will not be perturbed. Redd's carries her chatty, personal writing style a bit too far by sprinkling her sections with extraneous fluff like "99 nicknames for boobs" and "booty emoticons." Inexplicably the book is published solely in trade paperback format, sure to disintegrate after repeated checkouts. It is likely to be a read-and-pass-along book not only for the helpful advice and accurate information but also for the gross-out pictures of head lice, warts, and keloid scars. Reviewer: Angelica Delgado
April 2008 (Vol. 31, No. 1)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592403264
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/27/2007
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Two weeks after graduating from Harvard with an honors degree in women's studies, Nancy Redd won the title of Miss Virginia, going on to make the top ten and winning the swimsuit competition at Miss America 2004. Nancy has been named one of Glamour magazine's Top Ten College Women, L'OREAL's Beauty of Giving Young Woman of the Year, and one of Harvard magazine's Top Six Seniors. Nancy once won $250,000 on Who Wants to be a Millionaire and donated 10 percent of her winnings to 4-H, the nation's oldest youth development program where she is currently a member of the National Board of Trustees. She and her unique views have been featured on E! True Hollywood Story, NPR, PBS, Inside Edition, CBS's The Early Show, Eyewitness Kids News, Discovery Channel, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, USA Today, The New York Times, Forbes magazine, Good Morning America, CosmoGIRL!, J-14, and more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2009

    Pretty good

    I liked the book. It was really useful and it divided everything nto sections. Also, i loved how the girls that modeled for the book were REAL girls, as in normal everyday girls, not gorgeous anorexic perfect models. This book is a must have for all teenage girls. It talks about all the issues we are often embarassed about and dont have anyone to talk to about. Really helpful.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2008

    A 'must have' book for every teenage girl!

    This book is awesome! As a mother of 3 daughters and a registered nurse who works with foster children, I highly recommend this book to every teenage girl.Nancy Redd has addressed all the issues of being female in an exceptionally clear and concise manner. It is a complete reference guide for girls in a very reader friendly format. As I read through the book, I thought it would be such a wonderful book for teenage girls in foster care who usually do not have a person close to them with whom they can discuss these issues. However, it is as important for those girls who have close open relationships with their mothers. This book will do wonders for a girl's self esteem while quiding her on the journey to womanhood. It addresses the 'small issues' such as the correct way to shave your legs to the most intimate issues of being female. Redd addresses issues which are so intimate that even mothers who talk openly to their daughters would not think of discussing. Other subjects of great importance are also covered including weight, dieting, body image, and health issues. As a mother and a registered nurse, I think this is the most important book ever published for girls who are turning into young women. Buy this book for your daughter.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    Nursery

    Lilystar

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for TeensReadToo.com

    Since I started this job of reviewing about a year and a half ago, I've had the privilege of reading a number of self-help type books geared towards girls and women and their bodies. I have to admit that none have been as comprehensive, helpful, and realistic as BODY DRAMA. This is a book that leaves nothing to the imagination, states complete truths instead of half-truths and myths, and answers the types of questions that many females, regardless of age, are sometimes too embarrassed to ask -- even in the company of their doctors. As an adult, and a married woman with two children, I still found this book to be extremely helpful, and even discovered information that I hadn't previously known. <BR/><BR/>From your face to your skin, from your hair and nails to your reproductive organs, from skin problems to disease, from the natural shape of your body to the sometimes strange things that happen to said body, Ms. Redd covers them all -- and in detail. There's no hesitation here, and there's definitely no embarrassment. There are only real answers to real questions that everyone, at one time or another, has wondered about. And if you haven't wondered about it yet, believe me, you will! <BR/><BR/>BODY DRAMA is filled with "fast facts," drama scenarios, "how do I deal?" answers, and full-color photographs. This is a book that younger kids might giggle over, but that older teens will appreciate for its frankness. This is also a book that, once you get your copy, you won't want to part with it. Share it with your daughter, your sister, your cousin, your friend. Don't be ashamed of the body you were born with. Get the answers you need to be healthy and happy. <BR/><BR/>Kudos to Ms. Redd for such an informative read. This one is a winner!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2008

    An amazing book...everything I wish my mom had told me!

    This is a great book. Perfect for any woman that wants to learn more about their body not just teenage girls. This book although graphic, is not overally technical. It helped me become more comfortable with my own body, as well as helped me understand it better. In today's society the media creates an almost unattainable image for you women.'The book reviews air-brushing'This book will help you to realize that you are beautiful just as you are, I did! Get it for yourself, a friend, a daughter, a niece...anybody! IT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE I plan on keeping it to share with my daughters some day.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2008

    Finally!

    This book has, honest to God, changed the way I look at my body! At 23, I could honestly say I'd never seen another woman naked before, at least not a real one. Everything we see in movies and in magazines is pretty much either altered to perfection with digital enhancements, or altered to perfection with surgical enhancements. I always thought I somehow wasn't normal under my clothes, until I saw 'Body Drama: Real Girls, Real Bodies, Real Issues, Real Answers.' Finally, a book has come along that teaches us women to love our bodies and to question just what the word 'normal' means, anyway. In a society where many women are judged on appearances but taught to be embarrassed about bodily functions, Miss America swimsuit winner Nancy Amanda Redd gives us an accurate guide to the female body. Redd makes it clear that she wants to eradicate the dislike and shame that women have learned to feel about their bodies. She does just that by the use of real, color photographs of women's bodies and correct information about almost every health or body issue a young woman could face. By using real photographs of real women (no airbrushing and no professional models), Redd both educates and empowers young women. Cartoon drawings that 'growing up' books have always used are confusing and inaccurate. When explaining her use of photographs in the introduction, she asks, 'How can we expect cartoons to teach us how to take care of ourselves and convince us that our bodies are normal and OK?' A lot of young women are afraid to ask questions about what they are supposed to look like in private areas, but Redd shows them up close and personally that they are normal and beautiful by showing them what other real people look like. The book is broken into chapters, each dealing with a different part of the body. Redd covers everything from curing acne to self administered breast exams. She leaves no stone unturned and makes good on her promise to try to change how women view their bodies. She dedicates a section to 'Common Poo Problems' and includes a much-needed bra sizing guide with photographs of frequent fitting mistakes. While a lot of schools are stressing abstinence-only sexual education classes, it might be hard for young women to find reliable information about contraceptives and STIs. Redd dedicates much detail to both of these subjects. Reading Body Drama feels like talking to a medically educated, well-spoken girlfriend. Redd is serious and funny at the same time. She's honest, too. In her 'i confess' segments, she admits to all the issues she's faced with her own body drama. Redd uses her experiences to show that even a beauty queen has body issues. For young women, it is important to understand that they are not expected to look like the women shown on television and that they are very normal. Body Drama is the perfect guide to all of our body's issues, big or small, because it puts an emphasis on encouraging young women to love their bodies and take care of them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2008

    To Much

    I bought this book for my 12 year old daughter. I thought it would be a good book for a girl her age because of all the changes her body is going through. But we both thought the book was a little gross. I hate being the only person that doesn't give it 5 stars. But it is just to much for both of us. Trust me I am no prude. I bought her tampons when she was 11. I breast fed both my babies everywhere. So boobs & coochies aren't a big deal. But this book was kind of gross to me.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    So far its a pretty good book

    It realy talks about problems girls realy hav & it sum wut answers sum of the questions girls are shy to ask, i appriciate this author for knowing wut to sa & to strate out say it he kept it real




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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    CRYSTALGIRL SYSTEM IS NOW OPEN TO ALL QUESTIONS

    IT IS IN THOMAS JEFFERSON ALL RES ABD PLEASE IF YOU ARE OFFENED REPORT TO ME HERE AND WE WILL HAVE PRIVACY FOR YOU IN SOME RES OKAY, STAFF WILL ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS WE ARE OPEN TWENTY FOUR HOURS OF DAY OR WEEK/ OUR STAFF WILL TELL YOU IN STEPS AND THIS IS ONLY ADVICE, PLEASE DOOOO NOT INSULT ANY STAFF THANK YOU

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

    READ THIS

    The sample is horrible. Never in my life again

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    To all kits

    You are all a bunch of no-life gays and lesbians who have nothing better to do than jerk off and be fags.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    To all kits

    Ultamite mossball game at dew 4 result.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    Dragonspirit

    Walks in and makes a nest for her and dragonkit

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    Stormkit

    I wanna play mossball

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Nursery

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  • Posted September 10, 2010

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    Body Drama is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. . Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2008

    No More Drama - Enjoy Your Body

    Whatever shape or size you are, everyone has that little 'something' that we wish was different. No matter what that thing is, this book will help you appreciate your body instead of hating it for not matching the 'ideal' body we've been told we should have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2008

    great book for any woman

    I spoke with Nancy on the radio and she recommended her book for working with teens. I won it by being the third caller. I have not read it all through, but what I have read is such great info. Nancy really knows what she is talking about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2008

    THANK YOU NANCY! A book that is long overdue!

    As a sex educator at Athena's Home Novelties, I am PROUD to reccomend this book to my customers who come to me and share their 'unfounded shame' about their bodies. Thank you for creating this book, you've helped so many people, myself included. We have to live in our bodies until we die, the sooner we learn to love ourselves for the we are, the better the quality and richness of our lives are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2008

    Every girl needs this book

    This small and and affordable book is the 'Our Bodies, Ourselves' of this generation. Honestly, I thought I thought I knew all there was to know about my body but I was wrong! Every single embarassing question you could every think of is answered here in an extremely approachable way. Truly, a great book for girls and women!

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