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A Girl's Guide to Life: The Real Dish on Growing Up, Being True, and Making Your Teen Years Fabulous! Paperback – 1 Jan 2001

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Word Publishing,US (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849944430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849944437
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.1 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 861,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Presents advice for teenage girls on how to improve body, mind, and soul as they grow into womanhood.

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Unfortunately there is no warning at all that this is an overtly Christian guide to being a teenager. This is a self published book with a very much right wing American - Christian religious take on things. Forget the snazzy cover and the attempt to get down with the girls - this is a pretty polemical piece. It is decidedly illiberal as are some of the views expressed. This should definitely come with a warning sticker attached. It doesn't simply have "a section on God" as indicated in the other review here - religious views pervade every single page. I have no objections to Christian self help guides - but they should be totally upfront and clear about where they are coming from from the outset.
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By A Customer on 27 Dec. 2005
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This book is very good, it has everything--it even has a section about God--something not every 'life' book has to offer. Will raise teenagers' spirits and guide them very well. :)
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HASH(0xa08843cc) out of 5 stars Very Good and Comprehensive 29 Dec. 2004
By Kristy Howard - Published on
Format: Paperback
There's a sea of girl's books out there, and I'm determined to weed through each. Katie Meier's book has a long title, and surprisingly covers a lot - spirituality, body image, peer pressure, and more. Very similar to most non-fiction girl's books, Meier gives the advice in a big sister way. What separates this book from others? It actually goes into scripture and is not afraid to be frank about religion, as well. That in itself, unlike a lot of girl's non-fiction books which shy away from one of the most important aspect in a girl's life (their emotional and spiritual side), makes this book true to itself and 5 stars. Other girls books that do not shy away from being true - the Gifted Girls Series and the Gutsy Girls books.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0896894) out of 5 stars A Girl's Guide To Life : The Real Dish on Growing Up, Being 30 July 2004
By K. Manning - Published on
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This book is a must read for preteens and teen girls everywhere! IT is written in a fun to read style in the authors voice which makes it so easy to relate to and understand. Not only does this book offer a step by step guide through the tough questions from periods to boyfriends, it helps you through the silly and painful parts of being a girl in her teens. And,if you need answers to questions about ANYTHING you can't ask your mom or other friends about, the phone numbers and web sites are listed in the book. It's a great read, fun and entertaining at the same time. I wish I had a book like this when I was a teen!!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa14e7e28) out of 5 stars AWESOME BOOK 7 Jun. 2004
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa089ab34) out of 5 stars Not so sure... 12 Jun. 2010
By L. Courtney - Published on
Format: Paperback
Katie Meier talks straight and honestly to girls about topics such as dating, sex, physical maturity, self-esteem, and being safe in real life and online. She approaches these topics from a Christian perspective and spends time focusing on making one's Christian walk a priority.

I didn't really love this book. I am going to let my daughter read it because I think it fills the need we had to find a book like this from a Christian perspective. I think Meier does a good job of broaching some important topics. I like that she constantly refers girls to talk to their parents if at all possible. I like that she spends some time talking about Christianity versus other popular religions and assures girls that it is okay to have questions about faith. But, I did not feel like the book was "Christian" enough. Meier refers to Christianity as a "religion" when she talks about other religions. And while she does say doing things God way is best several times in the book referring to sex, friendships, etc., I was left feeling like this was a vague reference. She didn't talk at all directly about a personal relationship with God which really does affect one's approach to topics such as dating, sex, etc.

One caution to parents: the book does have a good bit of detail when talking about sex. This was not a problem for us because we have already had detailed conversations about the topic, and, I hope, and have opened the door for openness in our family talking about this. But, for parents of younger preteens, beware.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa089ae40) out of 5 stars Wish I had this Book when I was a teen 20 Jun. 2010
By caritas - Published on
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Sometimes books of the self-help genre aimed at teens can get a little, unpractical, unrealistic and down right corny. They all have good ideas and good intentions but with my experience with teenagers (as a former teenager and one that has worked with teenagers) they want the option to make their own decisions. Give them the options, and most of the time teenagers, especially teenage girls, will make a good choice. Part and parcel of the teenager years is the discovery of oneself and who "you" really are. Sometimes humans, let alone teens but especially teenage girls, are not given that room. Thats is what I love about "A Girl's Guide to Life".

Honestly, when I started reading this book I was waiting for the "A"-typical line of most of these books - this book presents the best way to do life. I was pleasantly surprised. Katie Meier's approach is refreshing. It gives teen girls the tools they need to get through the teen years with out sounding preachy. It covers topics ranging from depression to sex in a tone that is not condescending but straight forward. While it does present many view points, the presences of real morals and deep thought is there.

The way Meier deals with equality and women's rights is interesting. The in which she recognizes that there are roles which women cannot play well does not diminish from her discussion on the fact that women are equals to men and should be seen as such. It was excellent.

The one thing I would have liked to seen in the portion on sex is how teens who are reading the book, who have already had sex, can change their paths direction. Other than that, I can say that my copy is well underlined and notes have been made in the margins.

I think that this book would be a great read even for adult women who are still struggling with issues they never addressed from their teen years.

Needless to say, I wish I had this book when I was a teen.
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