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How do French women maintain such clear complexions? What do you do if you're stuck at a party and you don't know anyone? And do perky, perfect cheerleaders really go on to have happier lives than the rest of us? (The answer will surprise you.)

Read on to unravel these and other mysteries of life (and to have a few laughs, too!). Hey Ladies! Tales and Tips for Curious Girls is former MTV star Kennedy's open letter to the teenagers of the ...
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1999 Soft Cover New This book is new. Smudged bottom edge; cover shows light edge/shelfwear. In short, hilarious essays, the opinionated MTV VJ holds forth on an array of topics ... that are near and dear to the teenage heart, from dating to the often-dreaded high school dance. Read more Show Less

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How do French women maintain such clear complexions? What do you do if you're stuck at a party and you don't know anyone? And do perky, perfect cheerleaders really go on to have happier lives than the rest of us? (The answer will surprise you.)

Read on to unravel these and other mysteries of life (and to have a few laughs, too!). Hey Ladies! Tales and Tips for Curious Girls is former MTV star Kennedy's open letter to the teenagers of the world. Having been through any number of major adolescent catastrophes herself, she hopes to save the ladies some of the legwork by passing on the lessons she learned along the way. Using anecdotes from her own life, including the story of her momentous first kiss, she shares her hard-won wisdom on things like how to get along with your mom, feel good about your body, have a successful first date, and avoid embarrassment in the school locker room. As Kennedy says, "Sometimes it takes a manual from a former dork to make the load a little lighter and explain the mysterious worlds of boys, substance abuse, and parental communication."

Funny, insightful, and always genuine, Hey Ladies! is essential reading for anyone hoping to survive life as a teenage girl.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Coating the pill of a common sense guide to adolescence in the colored sugar of her zany, idiosyncratic humor, Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, better known as Kennedy, the former shoot-from-the-hip MTV VJ, aims to boost teenage girls' self-esteem and self-awareness. As someone wise enough to have perspective on her own awkward metamorphosis but not so old as to sound out of touch, Kennedy amplifies nuggets of solid, women's-magazine-style advice via her own sometimes hilarious experiences. Her style is fast-talking and verbose; she sprinkles an honor-roll vocabulary into a plethora of pop-culture references. Despite her ultra-hip media career, readers may be surprised to learn that Kennedy is refreshingly conservative in her views on drinking (dare not to do it), to sex (consider the risks and wait), fashion ("find your fancy") and mothers (always apologize to Mom). Drawing on her own life ("I was the prime minister and queen of the underdeveloped nations in junior high and high school"), she assures girls that being flat-chested and nerdy is just swell and that the popular, obnoxious, buxom cheerleaders of high school "always turn out either fat or strippers." Entertaining interviews with such experts as a dermatologist, a wardrobe stylist and an Orthodox nun offer slightly more information and insight. Style and substance are well matched here, but it remains to be seen if the intended teenage/20-something audience will clamor for the wisdom of a VJ no longer in the MTV spotlight.
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[A] series of humorous essays...candid -- and often touching....[T]he gawky teen pics of the tie-dyed and feathered-haired author are priceless.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385490948
  • Publisher: Random House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/20/1999
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Kostya Kennedy
Kennedy was raised in suburban bliss just on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. After graduating from high school in 1990, she packed her '72 VW Bug and headed for Los Angeles, where she became a DJ at KROQ radio station at the age of nineteen. Two years later she moved to New York and got a gig at MTV, hosting the nightly video show "Alternative Nation." In addition, Kennedy was a CBS commentator during the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, and she appears frequently as a speaker at colleges and universities. She is currently hosting a radio talk show on KIRO (100.7 FM) in Seattle every weekday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Hey Ladies! is her first book.
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Anyhoo . . . back to me and Randy.

It was a Saturday and my mom dropped me off at Toady's party for some harmless, supervised dancing and some unsupervised lovin' if we were lucky (wink, wink). A few of us were in Toady's bedroom when he started going "C'mon, you guys, start kissing!" He could be such a dork! Randy was way above that chumpery, so he shrugged Toady off and asked if I wanted to go outside. Gulp, tight throat, nervous skinny girl, don't screw it up. "Sure." It's always best to play nonchalant girl when you are about to get a smooch. He took my hand and we crept around the house without talking. He stood next to a fence that was hidden from the rest of the house, put his hands on my hips, and pulled me a little closer. He had so much experience! A woman knows these things, don't you think? I have low blood pressure. The moon was bright in the autumn sky and his little pink lips looked sweet and fresh. It was a little cold. I was still quiet (for once) because I didn't want to say something wrong and kill the moment. I was ready. My stomach felt like I was on a ride at Magic Mountain where the bottom drops out and you free-fall for a few seconds that frighten you and amuse you all at once. He was smiling a happy little puppy smile and finally moved his face in close to mine and slowly planted a kiss that only the vice president of the student body would know how to give. It was all so yummy, like cookie dough and presents and tap shoes, it was something I had thought about so much and built up and feared. What are you supposed to do during your first kiss? How much are you supposed to do on the first night you become physical? What is he going to expect from me? Hedidn't maul me, he didn't rip off my Guess? jeans with the little ankle zippers. He just held my face, we pressed our lips together and became cotton candy for a few seconds that night. It was one of those nights you go back to in your mind when the mental computer is trying to pull up those fresh, sweet images to revitalize something tired inside.

Randy and I broke up a few weeks later. He called me up on a Sunday night and chatted with me for about twenty minutes about sports and school politics. Apparently his numbers were down in a straw poll and he needed to refresh his youthful image. Unfortunately I was not the refreshment. I got the ax. He broke up with me after wasting twenty minutes of my time pretending to still be my sweet junior high boyfriend with the cute puppy lips and the sugary hand-holding. He was the model for the next ten years of my dating future and he was ruining it by stringing me along with Sunday night small talk. That was the last time I dated someone in public office. The pressure to maintain a perfect relationship was too much, the facade too demanding. It was probably best we broke up when we did, you know, before we had children. I admit, it was hard for me to look Randy in the eye after that pride-crushing blow. It's hard to have your first love dump you on the side of the road like a sack of old hangers. It's OK now, the wounds have healed. He went on to date a bunch of perky rally girls and eventually became a religious fanatic in New Zealand (a beautiful country, you should see all the sheep!) and moves around the world with his group preaching their message of love and acceptance. Where was my love, Randy? Why couldn't you accept me? Was I a little too "fast" for you? Oh well . . . I was the girl who got the kiss in the moonlight at the boy-girl party. I got to be Mr. Vice President's junior high girlfriend for three weeks, and that suited me just fine. Your first kiss is hopefully the sweetest, and that goes hand in hand with first love, which is powerful and so untouchable in its emotion because your heart is so fresh and unscathed, so ready to fall so deeply in love, and it breaks so hard when it falls too fast. If you are too careful with your heart you will never fall completely in love and you won't experience the best part of life. Whoever your Randy is I hope he treats you well and basks in your sunshine. Just don't follow him to New Zealand. It's best to break up with someone before you become one of the sheep, no matter how well they kiss.

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  • Anonymous

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    Required reading for any woman

    I found this book to be a most interesting and feel that it is a book all females should read. It gives great third-party insite and would help guide younger women to make the right life choices. Kennedy goes into vivid detail about some tough issues plaguing today's girls such as smoking and breast size. Her own tales and thoughts will comfort those facing the same problems that she did. A great read!!

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