I am secondary school maths teacher in London. I have to say this book is great whether your are a parent, student (mature or secondary, male or female) or teacher.
This book is writtten by an actress who starred in "the wonder years", yes am old enough to remember this show. She studied maths at university and was top of her class, she also co wrote a maths paper, this means she is really good at maths.
It explains topics in an easy to understand way, it makes sense, it gives a reason why you do a particular method.
It is aimed a girls so gives examples of women who have done well at maths and are perceived as physically beautiful.
It promotes the idea of being beautiful and smart as compatible, that you dont have to dumb yourself down.
Its got quizzes (non maths), stories, experiences of learning maths, horoscopes, troubleshooting section for problems in studying maths.
Very easy to read through, like a novel.
It has its own dedicated webpage, with detailed explainations of answers and a forum.
Focuses on decimals, fractions, percentages, ratios, algebra (intro), number theory (primes, factors, multiples), proportions, word problems and algebra.
For each topic she tries to make examples which you can relate to in real life.
It is aimed for american kids. So some of the words and cultural ideas may hinder some understanding, but not too much.
It covers mainly number and a little bit of algebra. No geometry, shape, measures, handling data, statisitics or probablity.
Would like more, but i guess this is in her next book: kiss my maths.
I would say but this and do what it says in their, and it will help enjoy maths, do well in it, and maybe study it after GCSE or at least not fear it.