Odd Girl Speaks Out: Girls Write about Bullies, Cliques, Popularity, and Jealousy

Odd Girl Speaks Out: Girls Write about Bullies, Cliques, Popularity, and Jealousy

by Rachel Simmons
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Odd Girl Speaks Out: Girls Write about Bullies, Cliques, Popularity, and Jealousy by Rachel Simmons

The national bestseller Odd Girl Out exposed a hidden culture of cruelty that had always been quietly endured by American girls. As Rachel Simmons toured the country, these girls found their voices and spoke to her about their pain. They wanted to talk-and they weren't the only ones. Mothers, teachers, counselors, young professional women, even fathers, came to Rachel with heart-wrenching personal stories that could no longer be kept secret.
Here, Rachel creates a safe place for girls to talk, rant, sound off, and find each other. The result is a collection of wonderful accounts of the inner lives of adolescent girls. Candid and disarming, creative and expressive, and always exceptionally self-aware, these poems, songs, confessions, and essays form a journal of American girlhood. They show us how deeply cruelty flows and how strongly these girls want to change.
Odd Girl Out helped girls find their voices; Odd Girl Speaks Out helps them tell their stories.

I'm always the odd girl out
No one talks to me
I try to be friendly and speak out
But I'm invisible, see?

You know, gossip is a natural thing in high school. I'm one of those girls that will
do it right in front of you. I'll whisper at my friends and look at you the whole time.
Then we'll all cut up laughing. You know we're talking about you.

My best friend and I started being friends with this other girl. But she was fat. It was hard because she always wanted to go down the slide second and she would crush us. We didn't want to tell her she was fat, so we decided to drop her. Her mother called my mother and
told her we were being mean. But we just couldn't be friends with her anymore.

-from Odd Girl Speaks Out

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547416670
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 01/19/2004
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 638 KB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

RACHEL SIMMONS, best-selling author of Odd Girl Speaks Out and The Curse of the Good Girl, is an educator and cofounder of the Girls Leadership Institute. A Rhodes Scholar, she has appeared on Today, Oprah, and other major shows, including her own PBS special, and writes frequently for Teen Vogue.

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Odd Girl Speaks Out: Girls Write about Bullies, Cliques, Popularity, and Jealousy 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am the odd one out at school. I am 12 years old everyone hangs out after the bell rings while im in the classroom. The other girls call me pregnant and the boys say i have aids and so have my sister, my mom told me that there not the ones with the good grades and the fastest girl on the cross country team and that makes me feel better but still others shouldnt have to put up with this because his is just to much. My friend haley she hung her self and she wrote on facebook before she died "are you happy now that im gone?" his needs to stop now
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so sorry for you if you need someone to talk to i am here i may not have been where you are but i can give a listening ear and friendship hope the bullying stops and i will be praying for you. Christian Girl age13
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an wesome book. 999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999 stars!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great read, makes you very knowledgable in terms off friends
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Kiana38 More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book. There is a lot of advice that would be very helpful in any relationship. I really like how the author took stories from girls all around the world.By reading this book I have learned a lot about the people around me. But I have also learned a lot about myself. I would recommend this book to girls of all ages.
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Megan-J More than 1 year ago
Rachel Simmons brilliantly introduces teenagers to others who have gone through hard situations in their lives in her story Odd Girl Speaks Out. It is a nonfiction novel that Shares sotries of teenage girls, all over the country, who have difficult times with bullies and friends. It even includes stories of people who were the bullies. Simmons tries to show everyone that they aren't alone and it gives them hope that things will get better for them. Cliques, popularity and bullies affect the girls who share their shocking, devastating, stories with the world. Simmons also thrills us with the pleasure of reading about her experiences. Throughout the book she talks to the readers about her past and gives us advice on how to get through many difficult times. Simmons listened to these girls and published their stories in her book so everyone could hear of their experiences. One girl published a moment in her life when she was an outcast and a reject. When nobody wanted to be her friend and one person even said to her "Seriously, why don't you just die?" She also published somebody else's advice that said "Hurt me once, shame on you, hurt me twice shame on me." Simmons truly respects these girls and tries to help everyone she can. This book is one people will never forget; it will change your life forever. In Odd Girl Speaks Out girls who were able to open up about their previous problems and who invited others inside to hear what they had to say, spoke out. Rachel Simmons was there to hear them. She gave them the time to talk about their lives and she gave them her own advice. Those girls will continue to spread the influence that Simmons has had on each of their lives.
Janet-W More than 1 year ago
I was really inspired to prevent bullying after I read the novel, Odd Girl Speaks Out, by Rachel Simmons. While reading this book, I really felt like I was in the shoes of so many girls who get bullied across the world. This novel talks about girls who are effected by bullies, cliques, jealousy, and popularity. I believe that any teenage girl can connect somehow to this book and that it will change thier outlook on life in some way. The novel, Odd Girl Speaks Out, has many important themes and messages, such as "people should be kind to others". This lesson is important because before I read this book, I didn't know how badly some girls were being treated. On page 85, a 14 year old girl describes what it was like for her; "I would go into the bathroom and cry in the stall for twenty minutes or so. It was like I was in a never-ending nightmare. I was buried in a cold black hole where no one cared or understood." I believe that if more people read this novel and become more aware of bullying, we may be able to prevent and hopefully stop bullying. After reading this book, I wanted to make sure that I treated everyone with respect. I enjoyed reading this book because of all the valuable lessons that it teaches. In the novel, Odd Girl Speaks Out, there is a lot of helpful advice you can follow if you are ever in a bad situation. On page 52, Rachel Simmons says that if you think that your friend doesn't like you anymore because you are not spending enough time together, you should take time to talk to your friend and work things out. She suggests asking and answering questions, such as "What could I do differently to make our friendship better?" and "What is my friend doing that is making me feel sad, hurt, angy, or annoyed?". I think that this book is very helpful if you are having a problem with your friends, school, or bullying. I think that this novel is a good choice if you are a teenage girl who has, or even has not been effected by bullying, jealousy, popularity, or cliques. Odd Girl Speaks Out teaches many valuable lessons and has a lot of good advice. To see what many girls deal with, get advice, or to be inspired to stop bullying, you will have to read this book!
12345MD More than 1 year ago
Everyone goes through both good and bad experiences in their lives. I've never read a book that had such and important message to get across. In the book ODD GIRL SPEAKS OUT, by Rachel Simmons, many girls write about their problems with bullies, cliques, popularity , and jealousy. While reading about these girls problems, I realized that many people can relate to the problems that they were having. Rachel Simmions style of writing is the reason I enjoyed this book. her writing was so crisp that it felt like she was speaking to me as I was reading. She had given me advice that would stick with me for the rest of my life. In ODD GIRL SPEAKS OUT, she took entries form different girls with similar but different problems. It shows that everyone experiences similar problems and other people know what you are going through. In addition, it showed you should always stay strong through the toughest parts of you life. This book is mainly about numerous girls writing about their problems. These problems end up connecting to each other in someway. There problems are eventually resolved and become easier and easier to deal with. Over all I loved this book! I though it taught me lessons with out even experiencing them. It can teach you so much about your self and who you want to be. Everything in you life happens for a reason. The experiences learned during your lifetime are what make you who you are today.
AlinaMcIntyreclass.4 More than 1 year ago
The Odd Girl Speaks Out by Rachel Simmons is an amazing book that can make you cry, laugh, and even think. it shows you that you are not alone. The novel contains stories from other girls that are easy to relate too, especially if you are a high school student. This non-fiction book discusses problems that many middle and high school students have. All different kinds of girls with different ages have always gotten bullied, were lonely, and had rumors and gossip spread around about them. If you can relate to girls like these, or if you want to know how they solve there problems and you love reading, read Odd Girl Speaks Out by Rachel Simmons. Trust me; it¿s a really good book. I read this book and I learn lots of things from it like for example how to fix problems with friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you ever thought that you're the only one who is bullied and lonely? Are people spreading rumours and gossip only about you? Are you the only one who didnt get asked out by a popular guy? well think again! Odd Girl Speaks Out by Rachel Simmons is an amazing novel that can make you cry, laugh, and shout with anger. it shouws you that you are not alone. the novel contains other girls personal stories that are easy to relate to, especially if you're a high school student. This non-fiction, well-written novel discusses problems that many have and can show you how to solve them. All different kinds of girls with different ages have always gotten bullied, were lonely, and had rumours and gossip spread around about them. if you can relate to girls like these , or if you want to know how they solve there problems, and you love reading,read Odd Girl Speaks Out by Rachel Simmons. trust me, its a really good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gossip¿it is everywhere. Some love it, hate it, and some use it as their advantage to hurt others. In the book Odd Girl Speaks Out by Rachel Simons girls deal with popularity, cliques, alcohol, anorexia, and ultimately gossip. Each person writes about their experience and how it has impacted their life. Teenage girls not only submit short stories, but unleash their opinions and advice about problems everyone can relate to. For example, Janie is a fourteen- year-old girl who is faced with a difficult decision. She wants to go to a party in which she is not allowed to attend, Janie¿s excerpt questions defying her parents or staying home. The author made me feel as though I was in her position. I learned form this book that good intentions can turn into bad situations. We can all connect to these conflicts and give each of the girl¿s sympathy. These letters are dedicated to all ages and each section divides the issues along with a commentary form the editor. In my opinion, I would give this book four stars for its ability to give insight on the daily obstacles faced by an adolescent teen, child, and adult. I would recommend this book to women of all ages. The young authors touched the hearts and helped restore the equilibrium of those who are undeservedly abused emotionally.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There were laughs, tears, happiness and insecurity. Every girl in the book Odd Girl Speaks Out, by Rachel Simmons had their ups and downs. This non-fiction novel gave girls around the United States a chance to speak about problems they had with their female friends. Usually their conflicts were at school, and a few were around the neighborhood. Sometimes their problems got so serious that they had to switch schools. The author put all their conflicts in categories and gave advice to each category. When I read the book, I felt like I was put into every girls shoes and went through their conflicts with them. The novel was very significant to me because I could relate to some problems the girls had. Some passages in the book can be very tragic and others can give someone the ¿chills.¿ Rachel Simmons¿ intriguing book can attract female readers who are searching for advice or a way to make all their troubles disappear. However, it can also be a good read for a girl who just wants to read an absorbing novel. Rachel Simmons, the talented author who wrote Odd Girl Speaks Out, had a purpose for writing this book. Her purpose was to give girls a chance to speak about their problems openly and freely, and for girls to feel sympathetic if they saw one of the situations in the book happening in their lives. The reason I liked the novel so much was because all of the pages in the book were real girls speaking about their real problems and how they solved them, or how they are trying to re cooperate from them. On a 1 out of 10 rating, I would give Odd Girl Speaks Out a 10 because the book made me feel sorry for the girls that experienced pain and gave me a different perspective on some things. After reading the novel I¿m more open to new things, and accept people easier than I used to. For Example, if I see a girl in the hallway that¿s called a bully I won¿t judge her for it, because I don¿t know what she¿s going through outside of school. That is one of the lessons this novel can teach somebody. Rachel Simmons did an incredible job with putting the book together. Odd Girl Speaks Out is a grasping book that you wont be able to put down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Odd Girls Speak Out by Rachel Simmons is an interesting book. It is a variety of autobiographies filled with drama of many tennage girls. It makes you stop and think about yourself as a person and the people in which you are equainted with. This book definately gets you hooked on is putting yourself in the shoes of the different characters because the experiences in the stories make you feel as if you knew exactly what was going on. If you are the type of person looking for connections top the author's context of living a rough lifesyle and a socially stressed tennage girl, then this is the book for you. This book is overall showing a plethora of veiws from a multitide of different individuals telling their stories while keeping it confedential. It shocks you to see what some of these girls do to one another. For instance, back-stabbing a best friend and rapidly becoming enemies is a big part in this novel. When I put myself in one of the stories I then can understand why some of these girls get picked on but definately not from the girls that look for trouble with others. What is definately annyoing about the book was that absolutely anyone could hae written the book. The author really had no part in this book besides editing the girls' stories and publishinhg the book itself, to me, that was a big turn off of the novel overall. Honestly, this isn't a book I would reccommed, but that is just my opinion. For yours, you'll just have to read the book yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you ever been through a period in your life where you've felt left out or you felt like people were making fun of you? In the book, Odd Girl Speaks Out by Rachel Simmons, it tells us about many different teenage girls'stories where they encountered problems and felt like they didnt belong. In this autobiography, different teenage girls explain what led to them being made fun of and how they resolved their problems. The book shows how differently people can see and go about similar situations. In some of the stories, the person who was ridiculed would stick up for herself, but in others the person would just go home and cry. In most of the stories, there was a girl who lost her friends because they got sick of her or she did something to upset them. The lessons I learned from reading the book is that even if I'm facing a difficult situation and I seeminly have no one to turn to, I have to learn to stick through it because in the end, everything will eventually get better. This book really affected me because it put me into so many different girls' shoes. It made me understand how horrible it is to feel like you have no friends or no one to turn to. I would reccomend this story to any teenage girls because many people could relate to the people in the stories. However, even if you can't relate to the girls' in the story, you can now understand how important it is to help those who can relate to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A realistic, non-fiction novel, Odd Girl Speaks Out is a collection of drama-filled short stories and poems. Written by teenage girls, the stories expose the hardships of high school and middle school. Each story is original and personal, and has a different author. Rachel Simmons does an excellent job of finding a variety of stories that each teach it¿s own moral and theme. Simmons allows the reader to gain insight as teenage girls over come their problems and learn to cope with bullying, jealousy, popularity, and being the odd girl out. Odd Girl Speaks Out can be enjoyed by all teenage girls. In addition, the readers can connect to the problems their peers face throughout the book. Each story leaves new footprints in the hearts of its readers and leaves them thinking, ¿why do these problems occur?¿ and ¿why does no one stop these bad things from happening?¿ The reader may be rooting for the troubled teenager to stand up for the bullies, make friends, and prove her enemies wrong. The issues explored in the different stories can be magnified to larger issues faced in politics today. When the new kid in school gets bullied, this can be compared to the younger countries in the world getting bombed by older, more established nations. All together, the numerous stories teach the reader life lessons that may never be forgotten. The book is an excellent written record of the lives of teenage girls. Readers are able to travel through the school day with the authors and experience what they went through and what teenagers all around the world face daily: peer pressure, cliques, and being left out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book didn't interest me only because I am in high school and i'm not into reading or hearing about other people's drama. I can relate to some of the girls in the book but it isn't a book that I would recommend unless you want to really witness the stories of how mean girls really are.
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow i just really did not like this book! the girls in it got me so mad! and im not talking about the 'mean' ones...im talking about the ones who would just stand there and do nothing...i didnt even feel sorry for them, what i really wanted to do was SMACK all the girls who wouldnt do anything. and to think that the stories are real! what idiots!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every parent with a daughter should read this book. Rachel Simmons has hit girl behavior right on the head. She validates how the victims of this covert aggression feel. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this book so much i recommend this book to other people and that you should see the movie odd girl out it's really deep and soooo interesting