VOYA - Carrie Eldridge
Weston, author of the popular Girltalk (Barnes & Noble Books, 1985) has compiled a book of quotations selected just for girls as a source of inspiration and guidance. Each quotation is followed by a discussion of the quote and an affirmation. The compilation includes advice on love, school, friendships, family, and work-anything that would be of interest in any teen girl's life. The quotations are from a wide variety of wise men and women (so boys also may enjoy reading this book)-from Robert Frost to Susan B. Anthony, from Lily Tomlin to Madonna. One of my favorite quotes in the book is from Bette Midler. Bette talks about being different as a kid and how if she had known her "differences" would later be assets, her early days would have been much easier. How many teens often feel like ugly ducklings during this period of their lives? What a great perspective this gives them as they weather those most difficult teen years! Librarians, beware that the back pages are blank for writing one's own favorite quotes and original lines. This book may come back written in or it may not come back at all, but order it for your YA collection anyway. These are wonderful words of wisdom for any age or gender. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Broad general YA appeal, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati
The author has compiled over 400 quotes and proverbs from an impressive array of sources to help guide and inspire girls. Weston interprets each quote and dispenses advice based on it for a variety of subjects. The quotes are grouped according to topics, which include You, Friendship, Love, Family, School and Work. She uses age appropriate language and examples to illustrate certain points. This paperback book is a great gift for junior high and high school age girls, who are dealing with the issues addressed head on in the book. Girls can pick the book up over and over. It can be read one page at a sitting or one chapter, depending on the reader's interest at a particular time, and her attention span.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-A collection of inspirational thoughts divided into topics such as friendship, love, and family. Each one-page narrative begins with an italicized quote and concludes with an italicized pithy thought. Voices heard in the opening quotes range from Aesop and Socrates to Oscar Wilde, E.B. White, Susan B. Anthony, Madonna, and Oprah Winfrey. There is no identification of these quotable notables, most of which are recognizable names, but some, such as Piet Hein, may by unknown to adolescent readers. The last eight pages, blank save for a short italicized quote at the bottom, are reserved for doodling or notes. This is not meant to be a cover-to-cover read, but a flip-and-search text (since there is no index) when looking for just the right words, inspiration, advice, or solace. Although the quotes and text speak to girls, some may find them cloying. However, the enticing cover, the page borders, and the brevity of the selections lend appeal. A supplemental purchase.-Marilyn Fairbanks, East Junior High School, Brockton, MA
Read an Excerpt
To love oneself is like beginning of a lifelong romance.
Love yourself. Love the things that make you you. Your values and talents and memories. Your clothes, your nose, your woes. If you love yourself, you can jump into your life from a springboard of self-confidence. If you love yourself, you can say what you want to say, go where you want to go.
The world can be a tough place, and some of the billions of people, out there will try to knock you down. Don't join them. Do things that make you proud, then take pride in what you do. And in who you are.
Who are you anyway? What makes you you? How are you like your siblings and neighbors and friends? How are you different? If you were your secret admirer, what would you most admire?
"My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself," Oscar Wilde wrote, "is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality." Keep pursuing your individuality. Keep being yourself. Becoming you self. It can be comforting to dress and act like everyone else. But it is grander to be different, to be unique, to be you.
I'm the only me in the whole wide world.There is always one true inner voice.Trustit.Sometimes it's hard to know who you are and what you want and whom you like and why you like that person. The answers change because you're changing. Growing.But deep inside, you are you. You were you as a baby, you were you as a kid, and you are you right now."Let me listen to me and not to them," wrote Gertrude Stein. It makes sense to consider the advice and opinions of other people. But don't lettheir noise drown out your inner voice. And don't let the way you sometimes talk or behave in front of others make you lose sight of who you are when you are alone, when you are most you."You can live a lifetime and, at the end of it, know more about other people than you know about yourself," aviator Beryl Markham cautioned. Get acquainted with yourself. Tune in to the dreams you have by day and by night. Blend in when you choose to, but appreciate the qualities that set you apart.Anybody can be one of the crowd.
Being a teenager is a confusing time. That's the lovely thing that happens as you grow older: You are more confident and more loving of yourself It's easier to say,"You know that's just not me."It takes years to discover who you are and to understanding the rules of the game. Years to figure out how to be loyal to yourself and respectful of others. Tom Cruise said, "I truly believe high school is Just about the toughest time in anyone's life." The good news: Confidence is cumulative. As Alanis Morissette sings: "You five, you learn."Adolescents and adults have always had difficulty appreciating each other. Here's what Socrates wrote way back in 400 B.C.: "Young people nowadays love luxury; they have bad manners and contempt for authority. They show disrespect for old people ... contradict their parents, talk constantly in front of 'company, gobble their food and tyrannize their teachers."Some strife is inevitable. But harmony and respect between generations is still a worthy and attainable goal.No wonder I go up avid down--these are roller-coaster years. For Girls Only. Copyright © by Carol Weston. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.