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Queen Bees And Wannabes: Helping your daughter survive cliques, gossip, boyfriends & the new realities of Girl World Paperback – 26 Jun 2003

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; New Ed edition (26 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749924373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749924379
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 3 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Forget the stereotypes of sugar and spice. Girls are mean, and as this book and a recent New York Times Magazine cover story indicate, their subtle, insidious style of bullying is rapidly garnering attention and concern ... [Wiseman] also offers admirable, groundbreaking insight into an all-too-common issue and will be invaluable to any adult struggling to help a girl get through her teens' Gillian Enberg, BOOKLIST 'Wise, humorous, life-affirming advice for parents that is utterly respectful of girls. I recommend parents mark it up, turn the corners of pages, and heed Wiseman's creative and practical strategies for guiding girls along the sometimes treacherous pathways of growing up today. Queen Bees & Wannabes is Mapquest for parents of girls, from fifth grade all the way to young adulthood' Patricia Hearst, author of A TRIBE APART: A Journey Into the Heart of American Adolescence 'Rosalind Wiseman invites us into 'Girl World' with insight, honesty, and humor. Based on the most thorough, helpful research I know of, this book should be required reading for parents, teachers, and health professionals' Edes P. Gilbert, Acting President of Independent Educational Services

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Jay O. on 8 May 2006
Format: Paperback
A stunning book. It's very rare for US advice books to be relevant to British society, but this one is not at all culturally specific. No American peculiarities (evangelism, no sex before marriage, cheerleading) are mentioned - just excellent, straightforward information about what really goes on in teenage girls' friendships, and advice on how to help your daughter overcome the problems of cliquiness. It all rings incredibly true: as you read through the social categories Wiseman identifies (Queen Bee, Messenger, Target) you find yourself thinking, "I knew that girl!" and analysing how your own secondary school peer group fitted into these patterns. This makes it fascinating reading even for those without children, as genuine insight is provided into how girls think. I learnt a lot about myself by reading this book, which was unexpected!

Wiseman's due particular credit for not just writing about rich white popular girls, as films on this subject have depicted ('Thirteen', 'Mean Girls'). She looks at social class, ethnicity and homosexuality, not being judgemental about any of these but outlining the specific issues girls in these groups face, while emphasising her overall point that most teenage girl friendship groups follow the same sorts of patterns. After all, all girls are having to find their identities within impossible cultural models of ideal femininity, which demand that she is sexy but not slutty, confident yet not threatening to men. Wiseman's particularly good (and even-handed) at assessing the social pressures teenage boys are under, and why this can lead them to treat girls badly so as to seem manly. Show this section to your daughter, because it explains a lot!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Savvy Gran on 12 July 2009
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Superb book; simple, clear, immediately understandable. Good for professionals who train colleagues who work with difficult teenage girls. Also relevant for parents who have daughters are not happy/ seem to be ill- with no real cause/don't seem secure etc but are not being "bullied"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jay O. on 5 Jun. 2008
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A stunning book. It's very rare for US advice books to be relevant to British society, but this one is not at all culturally specific. No American peculiarities (evangelism, no sex before marriage, cheerleading) are mentioned - just excellent, straightforward information about what really goes on in teenage girls' friendships, and advice on how to help your daughter overcome the problems of cliquiness. It all rings incredibly true: as you read through the social categories Wiseman identifies (Queen Bee, Messenger, Target) you find yourself thinking, "I knew that girl!" and analysing how your own secondary school peer group fitted into these patterns. This makes it fascinating reading even for those without children, as genuine insight is provided into how girls think. I learnt a lot about myself by reading this book, which was unexpected!

Wiseman's due particular credit for not just writing about rich white popular girls, as films on this subject have depicted ('Thirteen', 'Mean Girls'). She looks at social class, ethnicity and homosexuality, not being judgemental about any of these but outlining the specific issues girls in these groups face, while emphasising her overall point that most teenage girl friendship groups follow the same sorts of patterns. After all, all girls are having to find their identities within impossible cultural models of ideal femininity, which demand that she is sexy but not slutty, confident yet not threatening to men. Wiseman's particularly good (and even-handed) at assessing the social pressures teenage boys are under, and why this can lead them to treat girls badly so as to seem manly. Show this section to your daughter, because it explains a lot!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Slubberd on 9 Aug. 2011
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This book has given me real insight into the pressures of being a teen/tween in this technological age.

I understand that the book is approx 8 years old, but Rosalind Wiseman has updated the original to include priceless info on how mobiles, social networking sites etc.. can also skew the game.

I have never read a self help book in my life (and have always smirked when people have mentioned them) so I am glad that the recommendation from a mum on Netmums to read this wasn't overlooked by me.

It is much more accessible than I thought it would be. The language is more like a chat with a friend and she even advises you of times when she has gotten it wrong but how to learn from this. I was particularly impressed with the "landmines" - basically things that will make your daughter role her eyes and shut down communication - and also the what parenting type are you? (I have been a few of them at different times!!)

I feel that my communication with my daughter has improved dramatically already. If you want to see this woman in action go to her website and click through to "NBC - My Kid Would Never Bully." What an eye opener.

A must.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Luna Jacobs on 23 May 2008
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this book gives the reader very indepth and accurate insight into the life of a teenage girl / boy. if clearly defines problems an faces them rather than shying away, giving advice on how to deal with your troublesome teen in a constructive manner rather than creating more problems. Wiseman explains that it is all about HOW you approach issues with your daughter / son and gives examples of difficult situations. it also has small exemplems of the teens points of view which show their feelings and fears.
an excellent guide to discovering the unpleasant truth about girl world and its rules.
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