Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular

Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular

by Mayim Bialik


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Mayim Bialik, star of The Big Bang Theory, puts her Ph.D. to work as she talks to teens about the science of growing up and getting ahead. A must-have book for all teenage girls.

Growing up as a girl in today’s world is no easy task. Juggling family, friends, romantic relationships, social interests and school…sometimes it feels like you might need to be a superhero to get through it all! But really, all you need is little information.
Want to know why your stomach does a flip-flop when you run into your crush in the hallway? Or how the food you put in your body now will affect you in the future? What about the best ways to stop freaking out about your next math test?
Using scientific facts, personal anecdotes, and wisdom gained from the world around us, Mayim Bialik, the star of The Big Bang Theory, shares what she has learned from her life and her many years studying neuroscience to tell you how you grow from a girl to a woman biologically, psychologically and sociologically.
And as an added bonus, Girling Up is chock-full of charts, graphs and illustrations — all designed in a soft gray to set them apart from the main text and make them easy to find and read. 

Want to be strong? Want to be smart? Want to be spectacular? You can! Start by reading this book.
Praise for Girling Up:

"Bialik is encouraging without being preachy . . . many teens will be drawn to this engaging and useful book." —Booklist

"Ultimately, the author stresses that 'Girling Up' does not end with adulthood—it is a lifelong journey. Thanks to Bialik, readers have a road map to make this trip memorable." —School Library Journal

"Written in conversational style . . . the tone remains understanding, supportive, and respectful of the reader’s individuality throughout the text." —VOYA

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399548611
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 101,343
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Mayim Bialik is best known as Amy Farrah Fowler on America’s #1 comedy, The Big Bang Theory, a role for which she has received four Emmy nominations and a Critics’ Choice Award. She also starred in the early-1990s sitcom Blossom. Mayim earned a BS from UCLA in Neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish studies, and went on to earn a PhD from UCLA in Neuroscience. She is the author of Beyond the Sling and Mayim’s Vegan Table.
Mayim founded in 2015 as a platform for sharing her writing on everything from religious observance to women’s issues to politics to maintaining modesty in Hollywood. She seeks to present herself as a normal, imperfect mom trying to make everything run smoothly in a world that often feels out of her control. Mayim lives in Los Angeles with her strong, smart, spectacular sons.
You can visit Mayim Bialik at and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @MissMayim. Watch her videos at

Read an Excerpt

As girls and as women, we are made up of so many different things.  

We are our DNA, and we are the hormones that course through us. We are the vitamins and minerals we eat, and we are the fears and concerns we have about what we eat. We are the insecurities we have about not looking right and the thing we do to try to feel right. We are the books we read and the ones we don’t want to read, too. We are the love we feel when we hug our best friend, and we are the tears we cry when someone we love won’t love us back. We are grief and sadness, and we are the things we do to try and make sense of a difficult world. We are the actions we take to change the things we see that are unjust, and we are as many possibilities as there are stars in the sky. 

We are bodies that work, brains that learn, hearts that love, souls that struggle and women who matter. We are strong, smart and spectacular. We don’t have to be superheroes to be all of the things we want to be. We just have to be us.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 How Our Bodies Work 5

Chapter 2 How We Grow 33

Chapter 3 How We Learn 61

Chapter 4 How We Love 81

Chapter 5 How We Cope 115

Chapter 6 How We Matter 149

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CuteEverything More than 1 year ago
I vividly remember the scene in the Disney film, “Big Hero Six,” where a frazzled, adoptive mother rants to herself, wondering out-loud how to raise these kids, clearly frustrated over the past several years of ineffectiveness, before she finally asks herself, “Should I have picked up a book on parenting? Probably!” I was reminded of this when my obviously frustrated daughter was re-watching the film with me. I decided to look for a book which could help her clarify and understand the changes she is going through — especially from someone other than her mother. Girling Up is that book. As you might already know, Dr. Mayim Bialik is a former girl, a current and child (“Blossom”) actress, and now, a neuroscientist as well, and she brings her wealth of knowledge, education, and experience to her numerous best-selling books on parenting and more. This book is addressed to young women, and helps those — like my daughter — grasp and succeed at life, rather than simply marveling in horror as her brain (literally) expands into adolescence and beyond. After a little pep talk as to what this unusual birthday gift was, she seems to have become more and more engaged with the book, devouring these secrets of growing up well. The understanding my daughter is gaining seems to have helped her gain more poise and quiet confidence — the kind that comes from truly understanding.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
K watch her on a tv show love it it helps sooo much yayaaaa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very nice
EVelasco More than 1 year ago