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Frenemies: Dealing with Friend Drama

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Friends are one of the greatest gifts of all, right? What about when a good friend completely ditches you? Or moves away? Or suddenly seems to forget you when she becomes totally wrapped up in herself-or something else? Friendships can be tricky, but they're also an excellent way to learn about yourself and to become a better, stronger person. As you figure out who you are, you'll also figure out who your true friends are. Remember, being true to yourself is a great way to weed ...

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Overview

Friends are one of the greatest gifts of all, right? What about when a good friend completely ditches you? Or moves away? Or suddenly seems to forget you when she becomes totally wrapped up in herself-or something else? Friendships can be tricky, but they're also an excellent way to learn about yourself and to become a better, stronger person. As you figure out who you are, you'll also figure out who your true friends are. Remember, being true to yourself is a great way to weed through "frenemies."

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
Carly and her friend Simone started seventh grade together even though both had moved over the summer. Drawn to each other because of the familiarity, they became fast friends. However, soon Carly begins to meet other students through the swim team and choir that she joins. Simone does not like sports or music but she soon meets a group of girls that share a dislike for school in general and Simone begins to be friends with these girls. Carly and Simone still do some things together but their friendship just is not the same as it was before. Lulu and Sean are best friends even though they are often teased about being more than just friends. Lulu is completely comfortable with Sean, and Sean feels they could talk about anything. However, when what Sean needs to talk about is how much he likes Melanie, his lab partner, that does not feel right. Suddenly Lulu is unhappy and confused about her feelings for Sean. Perhaps she really does want him to be more than just a friend. Zoe and Sarah have been friends since sixth grade. They are so often at each other's house that each is often thought of as another member of the family. When Zoe's mother loses her job and finances force them to make changes in the household, Zoe's parents begin to push her away from Sarah. It seems that they resent Sarah's family for not having the same financial struggles that they are having. The road from being a teenager to becoming an adult is fraught with landmines, some about your peers, some about outside influences, and some about your family. Learning to deal with these problems in a mature way is what helps you to grow. Author Owens has brought the opinions of Dr. Robyn Silverman to these areas in order to help teenagers find their own way. Dr. Silverman's greatest success has been in the area of working with young people, to help them identify and achieve their dreams. The format presents a problem, followed by a case study and questions for the reader, allowing the reader to consider possible options and alternatives. An index, a glossary, and suggested readings make this a worthy read for middle school students and a worthwhile purchase for adults working with this age group. Reviewer: Joyce Rice
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—These books provide useful, age-appropriate information about growing up and navigating the treacherous waters of adolescence. Each chapter addresses a different issue and includes anecdotes. Under Pressure explores academic as well as social pressure at school. Love Me? looks at various dating scenarios and other topics concerning emerging sexuality, such as the pressure sixth-grader Margo feels to wear sexy clothes. Family explores various types of families including adoptive and foster; kids being raised by grandparents, two moms, and single parents; and families that are biracial, or that have a stepparent or a parent who abuses alcohol. Frenemies focuses on the importance of friendships, as well as their sometimes dramatic nature. For example, readers learn how Amber copes when her best friend steals her boyfriend. In all of the books, "Talk About It" sidebars pose questions that ask readers how they would handle a particular situation and how it relates to their own lives. These sidebars give the series a slightly textbook feel, and readers might find them a bit silly. Chapters end with an "Ask Dr. Robyn" spread in which the series' professional consultant gives friendly, nonjudgmental advice. Girls are encouraged to recognize their feelings and take action to ensure their emotional and physical well-being. If they can get past the generic look—purple-hued perma-bound covers and generic color photos—then these titles could be useful additions to health and well-being sections.—Ragan O'Malley, Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604537505
  • Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Essential Health: Strong Beautiful Girls Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Meet Dr. Robyn 6

Take It from Me 8

Chapter 1 Fitting in 10

Chapter 2 Trash Talking 20

Chapter 3 Mixed Feelings 30

Chapter 4 Different Families 40

Chapter 5 Parent Issues 50

Chapter 6 Starting Rumors 60

Chapter 7 The Boy Stealer 70

Chapter 8 Abuse at Home 82

Chapter 9 Moving on 92

A Second Look 102

Pay It Forward 104

Additional Resources 106

Glossary 108

Index 110

About the Author 112

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