On finishing this book, I felt quite strongly that this book should be given to all girls at some point in their early teens as compulsary reading material. In retrospect, I would amend that to say that it should be given to ALL teenagers, boys too! I know I wished I'd read it much sooner. That's not to say it was awash with information that was new to me as a woman in my late 30's...it wasn't! However what the author *has* done, is weave that information into a fascinating and riviting narrative that is eye opening, sad, funny, harrowing, uplifting and whole range of emotions besides. I deeply recommend it.