The Truth: Diary of a Gutsy Tween

The Truth: Diary of a Gutsy Tween

by Barbara Becker Holstein


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Growing up is tough. Adults don’t always understand you (even though they were once kids), and children today face increasing pressure to be, look, or act a certain way. Written in the voice of a girl on the cusp of becoming a teenager, The Truth provides young girls with an opportunity to see how a girl, who is in many ways like themselves, handles her toughest problems and most personal thoughts. Each new page brings forth a discussion to help girls handle everyday problems: How do you survive a bully? How do you handle a crush on a boy? What can you do about relentless teasing by your peers? What really matters as you grow older?

In a positive and supportive diary-entry format, Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein encourages tween girls to carry the most precious parts of themselves into adulthood. A great book for mothers and daughters to read together, The Truth is aimed to improve communication, understanding, and self-esteem for young girls as they enter the rocky road of teenager-dom.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628736113
Publisher: Sky Pony
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein is a positive psychologist and writer. Holstein is the originator of the Enchanted Self® positive psychology method for increasing happiness and has a private practice in New Jersey. She is the author of positive therapy books for adults such as The Enchanted Self, as well as a series of popular fictional diaries for girls. She lives in Long Branch, New Jersey.

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The Truth: Diary of a Gutsy Tween 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein is a practising Positive Psychologist. In her book The Truth: Diary of a Gutsy Tween, she sets out to help young girls growing up to understand why they feel the way they do, reassure them that they are not alone, and that it is normal. She suggests coping mechanisms for a wide selection of problems and traumas, such as bodily changes, suffering bullying, parents edging towards divorce, suicide, and the death of a loved relative. It is presented as an illustrated “diary,” designed to appeal to YA readers and also serve as a vehicle for parents to open up lines of communication with their developing youngsters. It closes with a list of questions for YA readers to think about and an invitation to contact Dr Holstein. The presentation of The Truth: Diary of a Gutsy Tween by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein is superb. The lilac cover is simple, but the fastener implies secrets hidden within; the entries are “handwritten” on lined paper with frequent sketches expressing the girl’s mood or interest that day. Through what she confides to “Dear Diary,” the reader learns a lot about her, from her favourite colour, pink, to how her tummy feels when her parents argue. “She” lives, and everything she experiences rings a bell as Dr Holstein takes adult readers back to their own childhood. She demonstrates in a fun, readable way that communication is the key. Mothers, buy this book for your daughters, whom I promise will treasure it, but to get the best out of it, read it yourself too. Dr Holstein lets “the girl” take over and her diary is as helpful as it is fascinating, “and that’s the truth.”
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
A young girl shares her secret diary, in which she reveals the "truth" about her life from ages 11 to 13. She tells us about her family, her best friend Angela, the new boy Paul who she has a crush on, her inability to communicate with her mother, her annoying six-year-old brother, getting picked last for the kickball team, and even a few "gross" personal secrets. As you can see, this book covers a diverse range of topics. It will open up the lines of discussion for parents to talk to their tween girls about getting their first bra, having a crush on a boy, swearing, parents fighting, younger siblings, mean girls, independence, wearing makeup, self-esteem, fighting with their best friend, animal cruelty, the Holocaust, school grades, keeping healthy, menstruation, the fear of growing up, death, suicide, moving home, coping with homework, taking drugs, and body image.  I believe this is an updated version of the book originally published in 2007. While there are many modern references (e.g., computers, Facebook, cell phones, email), there is also reference to a phone with a dial (not buttons) and having to retype a three-page paper (not necessary if you're using a computer). The books the girl reads are also really old (e.g., Nancy Drew, Little House on the Prairie, Black Beauty) and, even though this is somewhat explained later in the book, it still feels like this is more what the author herself would have read as a child.  I encountered a few other problems: the diary entries are a bit too far apart to be real (e.g., the girl skips over Christmas two years in a row); the girl's friends should have come over on July 17 when she was going to teach them how to bake brownies, but this didn't happen until August 7); there are unanswered questions, such as how her fight with Angela is resolved; the girl only mentions her new friend Dawn a few weeks after they first meet; from the beginning of the diary to December 5, each entry ends with a "truth", then there is no mention of the "truth" until June 30 the next year. As an adult I found the book to be a bit contrived and preachy, but it is probably well-suited to the 10 to 13 young adult target audience. It brings back memories of first love and the intense emotions of friendship and wanting to fit in. The story is followed by discussion questions for kids. I received this book in return for an honest review.