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Being a Girl: Navigating the Ups and Downs of Teen Life Hardcover – 29 Sep 2006

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Piccadilly Press Ltd (29 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853408344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853408342
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 904,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you're too shy to flirt, there are lots of ways to get on to his speed dial. But remember, while one message might be cute, twenty is harassment. You can't make someone like you, but you can make him very afraid of you! Kim Cattrall is best known for her role as Samantha Jones, the clued up, sexy star of the television show "Sex in the City". As such, teens of all ages are always asking her advice, about dating, about dressing, make-up and hair, manicures, what's hot, what's not - all kinds of questions from all kinds of girls. Part teen confidential, part teen survival guide, her book tackles every aspect of teen angst in an honest, intimate and totally cool way that will appeal to young women of any age. If teenagers idolise Samantha Jones because she has all the answers, they'll love Kim Cattrall because she still remembers what it was like to ask the questions.

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As a teenager, I remember feeling that the world seemed designed to keep me in my place. Read the first page
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This was a lovely book that discusses growing up into the teenage era with such a delicate and informative and personal way. Kim Cattrall is an amazing actress known popularly for her role as Samantha Jones in Sex and the City, and she has been very successful in various other roles on film and stage and as varied as her roles have been her own personality shines through in her writing and she is a kind and gentle woman with dignity and strength and a good life experience, which she shares is this book that is aimed at teenage girls and offers them some wisdom about the hazards they are about to face. It was published in 2005 and is a timeless book that would be a lifeline to any girl that is about to hit the age of 12 to 13 to prepare them for the next couple of years. My own niece was about to turn 14 and was having a hard time dealing with peer pressure and I got this book for her. I read it first and found some wisdom I wish I had known during those years, and my niece has blossomed with the kind words that encourage her to be herself. It is a simple book with beautiful illustrations and it offers kindness and hope to a young girl during a very confusing chapter of their life. Kim offers some personal stories that refer to past dates and difficult moments and she sometimes refers to her character on Sex and the City but what is so lovely about the book is the kind way she speaks to the reader, she befriends them and I would never call this book a teenage bible but it is a kind bit of wisdom. This was a lovely book written by a lovely woman and I would recommend it highly.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Young girls will enjoy! 10 Oct. 2006
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Kim Cattrall, who left home at sixteen to go to acting school in New York City, won a Golden Globe for her role as Samantha in the Sex and the City television show.

Cattrals writes in a chatty style for late tween and teenage girls about sex, bodily changes, boys, parents, school, self-esteem and a whole lot more in this frank, down-to-earth book. The book is easy to navigate, well laid out with pictures of herself as a child and adult as well as gloriously done illustrations.

Quotes and nuggets of wisdom from Cattrall, such as, "I kind of wish dating could be renamed "getting to know you." That would take a lot of the pressure off." help make this book a handy roadmap for navigating adolescence and puberty. Girls can identify with the author because she writes in a conversational style that draws you in and speaks openly about her own challenges and feelings during her teen years from her fifty-year-old perspective.

Most women will appreciate the autobiographical information and remember their own teen years with joy and some sadness. The writing is easy-to-understand, thoughtful, intelligent and sometimes quirkily funny.

Glossy, thick pages and a wide 8" x 8" layout make this a simply gorgeous book.

Coupled with Cattrall's writing style and Martha Richler's illustrations, this is a book that every young girl would enjoy having in her bookcase for years of candid support and advice from a driven, successful woman.

Armchair Interviews says: A must-have for girls twelve and up. It augments a mother's or other female role model's advice for girls and even young women.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Great Tool 9 Jan. 2007
By Becky Buckler - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I was so pleased to find this book! I mentor a young teen girl and read this book aloud to her during our weekly sessions over a period of several weeks. She loved it and it was a great way to start some good conversations on some subjects that sometimes confuse or intimidate girls entering womanhood. Several other mentors are being encouraged to use it with their girls. A great find.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A great tool for teenage girls! 5 April 2010
By lovehitzalot - Published on
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This is a great tool for girls trying to make their way through their teens and even their early 20's. Kim covers a wide variety of topics such as: self esteem; dealing with fears; relationships with friends, family, mean girls/bad crowds, and boyfriends; body development; eating right (also covers eating disorders); budgeting/living on your own; seeing and appreciating different types of beauty; dating; some carefully chosen/addressed topics on sex; style; skin care; and make-up. Kim's advice always comes off as clear, truly helpful (it's very positive advice and I'd recommend it to teenage girls), and specific. It's very evident that she really cares about helping her readers to improve the journey through those tough years. She's honest, sweet, and funny as well. The book is easy to read and contains pictures of her from childhood on up, as well as cute little cartoon sketches that go along with the subjects. It's really terrific!
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Review of "Being a girl" 9 Jan. 2007
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I bought this book for my 11 year old granddaughter. All of the book was fitting for her except the last section on sex. Her mother and I both felt she was too young to read that section. So, we have not given her the book yet. Will probably wait another 12 months or so.
Five Stars 5 Sept. 2014
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Obsessed with Kim Cattrall
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