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Overview

Upbeat and up-to-date, honest and hip, Girltalk is an "indispensable guide" (Working Mother) for girls ages eleven to eighteen. This Fourth Edition is the ultimate preteen and teen source for advice.

A guide for teenage girls on questions ranging from skin care and weight control to AIDS and college admissions. Includes quizzes and answers to actual letters from teenagers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060966188
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/1992
  • Edition description: New ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Weston is a writer and speaker. She is the author of For Girls Only, Private and Personal, and Girltalk (Fourth Edition) as well as four Melanie Martin novels for younger readers. She's also the "Dear Carol" advice columnist of Girls' Life. Parenting says "Carol Weston gets girls" and Newsweek calls her a "Teen Dear Abby." Of For Girls Only, USA Today wrote, "There are so many dumb advice books that it's a pleasure to find one that really works." Carol has been a guest on Today, Oprah, The View, and other shows and has spoken at many schools both as an author of novels for elementary school kids as well as an advice giver for middle and high school kids. A Phi Beta Kappa Yale graduate with an M.A. in Spanish, she can give a talk at your school in English or Spanish. She now lives in Manhattan with her husband, daughters, and feisty cat Mike.

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Table of Contents

Hello xv
1. Body: Looking and Feeling Your Best 1
Do Guys Worry About Their Bodies? 2
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Breasts 3
Is Your Period a Question Mark? 8
The Right Height 16
Excited About Exercise 17
Healthy Eating 19
Don't Window-Shop at the Bakery and Forty-nine Other Dos and Don'ts 21
Eating Disorders: Dying to Be Thin 26
Body Sweat, Body Smells 31
Skin Care (Sun Goddesses, Beware!) 32
A Nose Is a Nose Is a Nose and All About Ears 36
Eye Deal 38
Ignore Your Teeth and They'll Go Away 39
Hair Care 41
Nice Nails 44
Makeup and Clothes 45
Even Beautiful Girls Get the Blues 47
Sleep Tight (Waking Up Is Hard to Do) 48
Mono and Your Health 49
Physical Disabilities 51
Speaking of Body Language 53
Dear Carol... 54
2. Friendship: You Don't Like Everybody: Why Should Everybody Like You? 66
Girlfriends Last Longer Than Boyfriends 67
Ten Ways to Make Friends 68
The Pursuit of Popularity 75
Your Friends Don't All Have to Like Each Other 77
Can a Guy Be a Friend? 78
Fights and Friends 79
Staying Friends 81
Telephone Tactics 82
Being a Good Guest 86
When Friendships Change 88
Ten Ways to Lose Friends 90
Be Your Own Friend 91
Dear Carol... 94
3. Love: Falling In, Falling Out 105
Getting Started 106
Sending Out Signals 108
On Your Mark, Get Set--Relax! 111
Icebreakers: Twenty-three Ways to Launch a Conversation 112
Is Cupid Stupid, or Does He Just Have Poor Aim? 114
Should You Go Out with Older and Younger Guys? 116
Should You Go Out with Someone from a Different Background? 117
Saying No Nicely 118
Twenty-eight Things to Do Besides Meet at the Mall 120
The Way to a Guy's Heart Just Might Be My Cheesecake 122
Nine Awkward Situations and How to Handle Them 123
Eleven Surefire Ways to Ruin a Romance 128
Breaking Up Without Breaking Down 131
Lasting Love 135
Love Notes 138
Kissing, Etc. 141
Dear Carol... 142
4. Sex: What You Should Know Before Saying Yes 154
To Do It or Not to Do It: That Is the Question 154
Talking to Parents about S-E-X 158
Do-It-Yourself Orgasms 160
Sex? Who Me? 161
True Confessions: My First Time 162
It's Easy to Get Pregnant; It's Easy Not To 163
Fooling Around 167
Birth Control Methods 168
What If You Are Pregnant? 179
Quick Quiz on Prom Pressures 186
Straight, Gay, Bi: Sexual Orientation 189
STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) 192
HIV and AIDS 197
No-Fun Nuisances (That Aren't STIs) 200
Rape 202
Incest 209
Dear Carol... 211
5. Family: Making the Best of Your Nest 222
Problems with Parents 223
Parents with Problems 235
You're Crazy If You Need Counseling and Don't Seek It 242
Teen Suicide 245
Brothers and Sisters 247
Stepparents and Stepsiblings: Step by Step 254
Relatives in the Parlor and Skeletons in the Closet 257
When Loved Ones Die 258
Dear Carol... 263
6. Education: Getting Through High School, Getting into College 277
Is School Unbeatable or Unbearable? 278
Why Should You Learn All That Irrelevant Stuff Anyway? 279
Cram Course in Study Habits 280
Learning Differences: You Know You're Smart But... 287
Teachers: They're Not in It for the Money 289
When You Need a Change (School or Summer) 293
College: Choosing and Getting Chosen 299
Dear Carol... 314
7. Money: The Buck Starts Here 326
Be a Better (and Better-Paid) Baby-sitter 327
Beyond Baby-sitting (but Before the Big Time) 330
All in the Family 332
Figuring Out Your Future 334
Writing a Resume 338
Acing the Interview 341
Networking 343
Once You're Hired, Don't Get Fired--or Should You Quit? 344
When to Be Cheap, When Not to Be Cheap 345
Money Miscellany 348
Dear Carol... 351
8. Smoking, Drinking, and Drugs: And I Promise Not to Preach 357
Tobacco: When It's Good to Be a Quitter 358
Thinking About Drinking 366
Alcoholism 374
Drunk Driving 377
Illegal Drugs 379
Dear Carol... 389
9. A Quartet of Quizzes: Getting to Know You 398
Are You Too Nice? 398
How Well Do You Know Your Best Friend? 404
Are You and He a Good Match? 408
Are You the Jealous Type? 415
Goodbye 421
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First Chapter

Girltalk Fourth Edition
All the Stuff Your Sister Never Told You

Chapter One

Looking and Feeling Your Best

Too fat, too flat, too tall, too small -- are you 100 percent happy with your appearance? Hardly anyone is. It's especially hard now. Your body may be growing in all directions, blemishes may freckle your face, hair may be sprouting here and there, your period may be a mystery. What is going on inside you anyway? Are you stuck with your features and figure?

Looks make a difference in first impressions. But so do friendliness, intelligence, thoughtfulness, and a sense of humor. And with a little effort, anybody can look attractive.

Since you and your body are together for the long haul, you need to learn to take care of it. This chapter is about how to be your most healthy and radiant.

Do Guys Worry About Their Bodies?

Before we launch into a discourse about breasts and periods, you might be wondering if guys ever worry about their bodies. Answer: They do.

Sure, a few wink in the mirror each morning and think they're God's Gift to Manhood—and Womankind. But most wrestle with puberty-related anxiety.

Guys wonder whether they're tall enough, whether their pecs and biceps bulge enough, whether their chest, facial, and pubic hair will ever grow. They wish their voices would get deeper and stop croaking. They're tired of having braces and pimples and feeling clumsy and gangly and hungry all the time. They wish they were more handsome and that their hands wouldn't sweat when they ask you to slow dance.

Guys worry extra in gym showers, locker rooms, and bathrooms because they figure someone might be checking out their private parts. And someone probably is! Guys don't just worry about size; some even worry that their organ is crooked!

Here's another male concern: wet dreams. Guys your age sometimes wake up to find they've ejaculated during the night, and they wonder if that's normal. Yes. It's also normal for guys to get erections at odd times—in the morning, in math class, or even when taking a foul shot in basketball.

Many guys feel uneasy about their sexuality. Are they oversexed if they masturbate a lot, undersexed if they don't? If they have an orgasm quickly when they masturbate, does that mean they'll be premature ejaculators in years to come? If they haven't started dating, or if they've played sex games with other guys or admire their male coach, does that mean they're gay? If they have an X-rated fantasy involving a married woman teacher, does that mean they're twisted? No, no, no, and no. Guys grow at different sexual speeds and need not be worried by early imaginings or experiences.

In one important way, girls have an advantage over guys in the Worry Department. Most guys don't discuss their growing pains, whereas, luckily for us, most girls do. It's not uncommon for a girl to complain, "I wish my breasts were bigger." But find me a guy who would say, "I wish my penis were bigger." It's a shame guys aren't more open and honest together. They have as many questions, troubles, and fears as girls, but fewer outlets. Guys tease and taunt each other, yet tend to fret alone. They don't even have many magazines or books to consult. But you do. So keep reading!

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Breasts

Back to us girls.

If you're like me, you sometimes get fed up with your figure. Why can't your breasts be medium instead of mountains or molehills?

It's frustrating that your body's timetable answers to hormones and heredity, rather than to your own wishful thinking. If you haven't started developing yet, you may be feeling shortchanged. If you've been developing for years, you may worry you'll wind up with watermelons. Either way, you might envy the average girls who strut around the locker room parading their bra-and-panty sets.

I envied them. I was in a mad rush to grow up. I couldn't wait to get my breasts on and my braces off, to start getting periods and stop getting pimples. At 14, I was a restless late-blooming flatso. I dressed behind curtains and cringed at breast jokes.

Why are you a sailor's delight? Because you have a sunken chest! What do members of the Itty Bitty Titty Committee wear instead of bras? Band-Aids! Pretend you're a boy for a minute. Ahh . . . doesn't that take a load off your chest? Poor Rebecca, girls said, was so flat she could wear her bra inside out. And people teased Sophie that she'd knock down passersby if she turned without warning.

At first hardly anybody was happy. My friend Ali was as distressed about being busty as I was about being flat. She sported baggy shirts to hide her dramatic décolletage.

It was Ali who told me of the Best Breast Test. "To find out if you need a bra, place a pencil underneath one of your boobs and see if it stays up," she explained. I ducked into the bathroom . . . and my pencil clattered to the floor. Ali handed me two of her outgrown bras anyway—"booby" prizes, since she'd graduated to larger sizes. I still couldn't imagine putting them on, however. A stringbean classmate had worn a bra to a party the previous weekend and a boy had jeered, "Would you wear shoes if you didn't have feet?"

Status was at stake when we discussed bra sizes. The ideal seemed to be As in school and Bs in bust. I earned no grade: just an incomplete. Later when the subject switched to boys, books, baby-sitting...

Girltalk Fourth Edition
All the Stuff Your Sister Never Told You
. Copyright © by Carol Weston. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2004

    GREAT BOOK --FUN TO READ AND FULL OF FACTS AND ADVICE

    This is the FOURTH edition of a book that has been a classic since 1985! Carol Weston is the Dear Carol advice columnist for Girls' Life and she totally gets girls. Plus she tells you stuff your sister and friends don't know and your parents would be too embarassed to talk about! Inspiring and funny and answers all your questions on friends, guys, school, periods, peer pressure, everything. Great for girls 12 to 17

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2011

    Girltalk

    Very good and perfect for 11-18 year olds!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Great

    I think this really helped me under stand my self! Amazingly helpful!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2000

    This Book is the True Teen Guide to Life

    My grandma gave me this book and asked me to read it. Some things that were eye catching I read first -- body, friendship, love, sex and family. Then I read the other chapters. This book is the most awesome book I have ever read. I can never find a book that keeps me interested, but once I picked up this one I could not put it down. (Not even to talk on the phone or eat). This book is truly the one and only teen guide to life. Thank you. Also, putting in the Dear Carols helped cover some stuff that was left out in the chapter.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    To#5

    It doesnt matter if yuor in 6 th grade u should know this stuff for jr. high

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Go to Love and other scandles

    If u want advice
    ~sunshine~

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    WOW!!!!

    I love this book! I've only read the sample and its amazing. Note: in the sample 3 times it reviews the first 2 chapters. Im buying the book soon. Carol is awesome at writing books! If u love this u should definatly read the Dear Carol collum in "Girls Life"

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Dear anna blake

    Im also ten and i know what everything in this book is and also what it means i think it would be ok. Especialy if you already know what everything is and what everything mean i just purchased this book two minutes ago

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    So helpful!

    This book is giving me great advice on boys and college (even though im only in sixth grade) and everything else I could possibly want to know! Great use of a dollar! :D

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    I liked the sample but,

    The sample kinda just repeated itself, I still reslly like it just the whole repeating thing makes it iffy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Helped lots

    I enjoyed this it helped ne understand what was happening to my body I was wondering what it was that was pushing at me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    Good

    Good. It helps you tp
    O understand growing up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    What in th world!!!

    I just bought this book an when I go to my librart its there but it telling me I half to pay to get it. What in the world!!!!!!!! Grrr

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    To Anna Blake

    You might be a little young for this book. Some of the stuff in here is a little too old. Overall really great book;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    Great

    Great book for teens. You will not regret purchasing it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Good

    This book was good, but i wouldnt recomend it 2 a

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    Is it OK for me??

    Okay I'm 10 is this book okay for me?? I know what most of it means and is but should I read it?? Thanks. I need info soon though!! Thanks. Anna Blake

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2007

    wow, this looks good

    omg! I've read part of this before, but when I read the chapter list,WOW!!! THIS COVERS EVERYTHING!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2005

    Passing it on

    I recieved this book when I was a pre teen. Through out the years I have read it over and over. I know the whole book from front to back. My younger sister is turning 11 and is very curios about all the issues that are covered in this book so I decided to give her my copy. I think this book is a must for any teenage girl. It covers all the issues you can't even talk to your bestfriends about. I don't know how I would have grown up without this book by my side.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2001

    girls talk about becoming women

    This is a great book about becoming a women. It talks about boys,friendships, relation ships and sex.i hope you enjoy this book!

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