Mean Girls: Facing Your Beauty Turned Beast

Mean Girls: Facing Your Beauty Turned Beast

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by Hayley DiMarco
     
 

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Bestselling author explains to teen girls why some girls treat them badly, calls them to face Mean Girls head on, and shows them how to move on to find new, healthier friendships.See more details below

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Bestselling author explains to teen girls why some girls treat them badly, calls them to face Mean Girls head on, and shows them how to move on to find new, healthier friendships.

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VOYA
Echoing the recent movie by the same name, this book is touted as a Christian self-help guide for young girls who are victimized by female bullies. Books that are marketed to Christian teens have gotten quite savvy about using teen language, bright covers, and creative layout to broaden their appeal. To that end, the author uses a confidential "big sister" voice, replete with teen idioms, that comes straight from the pages of teen magazines. The layout of the book is eye-catching, with a style reminiscent of a school notebook, complete with text highlighting. But the content of the book veers between practical suggestions on helping teens cope with bullying and an overly repetitive, heavy-handed proselytizing that ends up dominating the text. Even worse, the book is riddled with the worst gender stereotyping. Girls are told that they are vengeful by nature and gossipy and that boys are not "emotional." Yet this book is not a total loss. Perhaps the most eloquent moment in the book is the author's painful account of her own experiences at the hands of "mean girls." Although there are some useful and clever strategies here for teen girls trying to cope with bullies, the main thrust of this book is devoted to the promotion of conservative Christian beliefs. With stricter editing and less evangelizing, this book would have wider appeal, but as it presents the viewpoint of only one particular Christian ideology, it would have little interest or usefulness to Christian teens outside this narrow focus. With that in mind, this book is not a recommended purchase for some public libraries. VOYA CODES: 2Q 2P M J (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; For the YA with aspecial interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2004, Baker Books, 204p.; Illus., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 15.
—Jan Chapman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800732936
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
357,418
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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