The Go-Girl Guide : Surviving Your 20s with Savvy, Soul, and Style

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A woman's 20s are a roller coaster of highs and lows, unseen twists, and frustrating turns. Irreverent yet helpful and information, The Go-Girl Guide covers everything from dating to climbing the career ladder to dealing with a body that has packed on some pounds, exactly what girls just entering or already swimming in this brave new world need to know. Julia Bourland's straight-talking survival guide puts the entire decade in perspective, giving you a sense that the uncensored insider's scoop from an older, more...

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Overview

A woman's 20s are a roller coaster of highs and lows, unseen twists, and frustrating turns. Irreverent yet helpful and information, The Go-Girl Guide covers everything from dating to climbing the career ladder to dealing with a body that has packed on some pounds, exactly what girls just entering or already swimming in this brave new world need to know. Julia Bourland's straight-talking survival guide puts the entire decade in perspective, giving you a sense that the uncensored insider's scoop from an older, more worldly sister.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809224760
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 531,597
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia Bourland is a 20-something freelance writer who has written dozens of articles on women's health, fitness, and lifestyle for such national magazines as Shape, Woman's Day, Conde Nast Women's Sports and Fitness, Parenting, and Rebecca's Garden. Prior to freelancing, she worked as an associate editor at Parenting.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
The Author's 20s viii
Introduction: Rooaaarrrr!!!!!!! x
Part I Our Careers
1 "What the F%@#!!! Am I Going to Do with My Life?" 3
The Soul-Search Train
The Career Psychics
Internship Insight
Occupational Guidebooks
The Insiders
The Trial-and-Error Approach
2 The Job Hunt 19
Tunnel of Horror
Getting Set Up
Vibing the Company
Paper Coquetry
The First Interview
The Rejection Factor
Considering Commitment
Negotiating the Offer
3 The Entry-Level Initiation 43
The Induction
Culture Shock
Bonding with the Elders
The Ultimate Elder
Tribal Speak
Rising Through the Ranks
The I Hate My Job Syndrome
Beyond Entry Level
Part II Our Love Lives
4 The Mating Frenzy 69
Getting to the Starting Line
Ladies, Start Your Engines
And the Race Begins (The First Date)
Laps Two and Three
Red Flag Alert
Safety Hazards
Staying on Track
The Final Lap: Are We Dating Yet?
5 Adventures in Couplehood 93
Lesson #1 Self-Preservation
Lesson #2 Communication
Lesson #3 Conflict Resolution
Lesson #4 Romance Maintenance
Long-Distance Dating
When It's Time to Dump a Guy
Getting Over a Breakup
On Taking Minibreaks
Moving in with Mr. Maybe
Swapping Vows
6 You Sexy Thing 123
Let the Cannonballs Fly!
Choosing Our Comrades in Bed
The One- (or Two-) Night Stand
The Sex History Talk
Our Sexual Health
A Word or Two on Birth Control
7 The Upredictable Female Orgasm 145
Truth #1 All Women Climax Differently
Truth #2 Orgasms Don't (Pardon the Pun) Come Easily
Truth #3 Our Partners Need Pointers on What Turns Us On
Truth #4 Intercourse, Alone, Doesn't Cut It (At Least, for Most of Us)
Truth #5 Not All Orgasms Have the Same Oomph
Truth #6 The Mind Has More Verve than a Vibrator
Truth #7 Orgasms Aren't Proof of Good Sex
The Libido Crash and Revival
Part III Our Body and Soul
8 Emotional Theatrics 163
The Identity Crisis
That Self-Loathing Feeling
"I'm So Stressed Out!"
"Is There Anybody Out There?"
Moving 101
When You Have the Blues
Rage
Envy
A Mental-Health Checkup
9 The Body-Image Demons 195
The Value of Being Cute
Real Women and the Airbrushed
Ads That Promise the Universe
The Roots of Body-Image Blues
The Scapegoat Factor
The Body Morph
One Week Without Obsessions
A Wardrobe You Love
Bathroom Scale Torch
Mirror, Hateful Mirror!
Exercise and Proper Fuel
Body Image and the Bedroom
The Mind Factor
10 That Whacked-Out Body Feeling 211
Our Size and Shape
Our Faces
Our Skin
Our Hair
Our Digestive Systems
Our Reproductive Systems
Our Feet
Exercise Guidelines
Nutrition Guidelines
Screening Tests to Get Right Away
Part IV Our Support Group
11 Family Knots 243
Who Are These People (And What Did They Do with My Parents)?
Cutting the Cord
Unresolved "Issues"
Sibling Rivalry No More!
Sharing the Nest
Home for the Holidays and Other Visits
The Bizarre Role Reversal
Starting a Family of Our Own
On Becoming Friends
12 Our Surrogate Family 269
The Maintenance Factor
Downsizing the Circle
Forging New Bonds
Mixing Boyfriends into the Stew
Grouping the Gang
Part V Our Finances and Other Loose Ends
13 Financial Chaos 289
On Being Dirt Poor
Our Budget
The Price of Fun
Money Etiquette
Getting Out of Debt (And Staying Out)
Saving for Retirement
The Crisis Fund
Investing Extra $$$
One Final Taxing Matter
14 Loose Ends 323
Our Birthdays
Theme Music
The Three-Month Marker
Top 10 List of Things to Do in Your 20s
Keep On Movin'
Go-Girl Resources 329
Index 333
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2007

    This is by far the best book I've ever read

    This book has so much valuable information and it is also very entertaining to read. It's very well written and every young woman in her 20's should read this book, the sooner the better!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2005

    No 20 something female should be without this book

    I graduated from college thinking that all the hard work and many sleepless nights would pay off. Lo and behold I took a job that ended up not being what I wanted at all, and I still struggled with money and having the time to maintain relationships and stay in shape without losing my mind. I didn't know that anyone could articulate my thoughts as well as Julie does in this book. There are other people out there who feel stuck and disappointed and all around confused, and yet this is supposed to be ¿the time of our life'?! But this book gives hope with its advice from other twenty-something¿s. Life is an emotional roller coaster in this decade as we try to decide where we want to live, what will fulfill us career wise, and how we can decide if we're ready for marriage or ready to be single again! Not to mention the fact that we need to start saving for retirement, even though there is that credit card debt we still need to pay off! Thanks Julie for helping so many of us survive our twenties!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2004

    Thanks Julia!!

    I'll admit it. I had a post-college breakdown. I thought that I could handle moving away from friends and family, living with my boyfriend, and working at a crummy full-time job. Guess what? I was a basketcase! After reading the Go-Girl Guide I realized that I was not alone! This is a really hard time in one's life and the stories, advice, and tips in Julia's books were incredibly helpful, insightful, and funny. So, thanks Julia!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2004

    Outstanding

    One of the best books I ever read. I laughed, I cried, but most of all I let go of a lot of fears.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2004

    20s Bible

    This book is great, especially if you're a female college student just getting ready to start your life, like I am. It tells you so much about what to expect from people, love, your body, and life. I would have been lost without it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2004

    An essential outlet to Twenty - Something frustration

    An insightful and refelctive book that addreses a time period in a young woman's life that has yet to be widely explored by the literary community. This book addresses every possible concern that plagues us during this confusing time. Among the MANY: beginning your career, finding love, managing friends/family relations, and becoming financially independent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2003

    GO BUY IT!!!

    This has gotta be one of the books that every 20-something out there needs to pick up if you haven't done so already. Every emotion we go through and what's to be expected in out decade of emotional rollercoasters are mentioned. It funny, sassy, and its real.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2003

    Our 'Bible'

    My friends and I love this book so much, we've deemed it our 'bible'. Anytime we have a question about a 20-something life issue, we consult our bible. The writing style of the author is one you can really relate to. I've given this book to many of my friends as a gift and in turn they to their friends, and so on and so on! Definitely a must have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2003

    One of the best I've read

    This was one of the best books I've ever read. As a senior in college I needed some advice about what to expect or even someone who has been through what I'm currently going through. Thank you for finally explaining what a 401K is and why I need one. I now give this to all my friends that are in their 20's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2002

    WOW!!

    Only the best non fiction book I have ever read. Julia writes to me like she is my big sister giving me advice through her experience, not some psycho self-help guru who read a lot of books and thinks she knows what she's talking about. And so far Julia has been so right on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2001

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

    I bought this book for myself, but I have started giving it as a gift to all of my friends who are graduating college. Has a lot of helpful first 'real job' tips. It's also great if you or someone you know will be moving to a new city--gives tips on meeting people, entertaining yourself, and dealing with loneliness. Very funny too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2001

    A Must Have for Every Female College Graduate (or soon to be!!!)

    This book was awesome!!! I laughed my way through it. I think it was a funny, down to earth way to put what to expect in your 20s. Hey, I've only just begun, but already I can so relate!!! Every girl in their 20s must read it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2001

    MUST BUY for 20 year olds--especially out or almost out of college!!!

    This book was heaven sent. It made me realize that everyone feels the way I am feeling right now after having just graduated. There are also great job hunting and career tips. I bought it for my friend who is moving to Cali soon because I know this book will help her very much. It is a perfect gift for girls graduating college. They'll thank you for it. Now, if only the author would write a book for girls in their 30's before I turn 30 (she has 8 LONG years)...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2001

    Must have book for the 20something yr old girl

    Great book to own. Realistic advice for the 20 something yr old girl on love, family, friends and your career. Interesting to read but yet full of information and fun to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2001

    What a great ,realistic ,and down-to-earth guide book!

    If this book doesn't hit the nail square on the head I don't know what will. This book addressed so many of the questions and queries I had been pondering for oh so long - but didn't know where to go for answers!! This book has got all of the info you need to make a head-strong and successful debut in your roaring twenties!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2001

    Wow! Get your answers here!

    I realistic answer book about what to expect in career, life and love in your 20s. Sounds like it is coming from a friend who has been there... highly recommended!!! Everything I was wondering is covered in here, especially regarding career.

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