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Girls are cutting themselves with razors. Girls are convinced they're fat, and starve themselves to prove it. Other girls are so anxious about grades they can't sleep at night--at eleven years of age. What's going on? In Girls on the Edge, Dr. Leonard Sax provides the answers. He shares stories of girls who look confident and strong on the outside, but are fragile within. Girls are cutting themselves with razors. Girls are convinced they're fat, and starve themselves to prove it. Other girls are so anxious about grades they can't sleep at night--at eleven years of age. What's going on? In Girls on the Edge, Dr. Leonard Sax provides the answers. He shares stories of girls who look confident and strong on the outside, but are fragile within. He shows why a growing proportion of teen and tween girls are confused about their sexual identity, or are obsessed with grades or Facebook. Dr. Sax provides parents with tools to help girls become confident women, along with practical tips on helping your daughter choose a sport, nurturing her spirit through female centered activities, and more. Compelling and inspiring, Girls on the Edge points the way to a new future for today's young women.


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Girls are cutting themselves with razors. Girls are convinced they're fat, and starve themselves to prove it. Other girls are so anxious about grades they can't sleep at night--at eleven years of age. What's going on? In Girls on the Edge, Dr. Leonard Sax provides the answers. He shares stories of girls who look confident and strong on the outside, but are fragile within. Girls are cutting themselves with razors. Girls are convinced they're fat, and starve themselves to prove it. Other girls are so anxious about grades they can't sleep at night--at eleven years of age. What's going on? In Girls on the Edge, Dr. Leonard Sax provides the answers. He shares stories of girls who look confident and strong on the outside, but are fragile within. He shows why a growing proportion of teen and tween girls are confused about their sexual identity, or are obsessed with grades or Facebook. Dr. Sax provides parents with tools to help girls become confident women, along with practical tips on helping your daughter choose a sport, nurturing her spirit through female centered activities, and more. Compelling and inspiring, Girls on the Edge points the way to a new future for today's young women.

30 review for Girls on the Edge: The Four Factors Driving the New Crisis for Girls: Sexual Identity, the Cyberbubble, Obsessions, Environmental Toxins

  1. 4 out of 5

    Geetha

    Girls today have far greater opportunities than their grandmothers had and therefore they have every chance for a very fulfilling life, one in which they can attain their potential. Yet, more girls are “on the edge”, why? Leonard Sax explores the possible reasons why our young daughters are not as happy and adjusted as we want them to be. Could it be the early sexualisation of girls? Could it be technology which keeps them connected 24*7 to their friends preventing them from being connected to t Girls today have far greater opportunities than their grandmothers had and therefore they have every chance for a very fulfilling life, one in which they can attain their potential. Yet, more girls are “on the edge”, why? Leonard Sax explores the possible reasons why our young daughters are not as happy and adjusted as we want them to be. Could it be the early sexualisation of girls? Could it be technology which keeps them connected 24*7 to their friends preventing them from being connected to their true selves? Is it because technology like social media is forcing them to present themselves as others want to see them rather than as they are? Could it be the toxins in their food, hair products and creams? The author discusses all of these topics in detail, backed by research and then provides us with practical strategies for parenting a girl, to help her develop into her authentic self, to become the woman she is meant to be and to be a happy, well adjusted member of her family and society. I was surprised when this book was suggested for our book club. I started reading it with a great deal of skepticism as it was different from the kind of books we normally read - typically literary fiction. However I enjoyed the book and would go so far as to say that it is a Must Read for parents of daughters and anyone (grandparents, uncles, aunts, and teachers) who has the opportunity to participate in the raising of a girl. The book also gets the reader thinking about current culture and lifestyle. Are we forming real relationships? Are we living authentic lives? Has our life become a performance meant always to please and stay popular? Have we lost that sense of community in which a young girl forged relationships with so many people of varying ages? This is a very good book. I highly recommend it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    2016 - Reread for book club. 2012 - A really, really good read. I devoured this book. I didn't realize it at the time, but I have read another of his books - 'Why Gender Matters'. I came away with an understanding of some of the problems that face girls today. What I also understood is how inspired the 'For Strength of Youth', 'Personal Progress', and the whole Young Women's program really is. It really sets girls apart and can strengthen them in this day and age. I also felt vindicated because t 2016 - Reread for book club. 2012 - A really, really good read. I devoured this book. I didn't realize it at the time, but I have read another of his books - 'Why Gender Matters'. I came away with an understanding of some of the problems that face girls today. What I also understood is how inspired the 'For Strength of Youth', 'Personal Progress', and the whole Young Women's program really is. It really sets girls apart and can strengthen them in this day and age. I also felt vindicated because the doctor/author said we should have our kids's phones in our room at 10:00 at night and not let them have a computer in their room but in a common area where we can keep an eye on what they are viewing.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    Like "Boys Adrift," this book has a lot of information that I was happy to learn, and I'm glad the author wrote a book about girls. Never having been a your girl in my years growing up, some of the ideas were very new to me. One thing that struck me -- maybe it was in "Boys Adrift," too, and I simply didn't notice -- is that he gives you a horror story, something really bad that happened, and only afterwords says "now that's a rare case, but..." It seems to me that's a propaganda trick: "If you Like "Boys Adrift," this book has a lot of information that I was happy to learn, and I'm glad the author wrote a book about girls. Never having been a your girl in my years growing up, some of the ideas were very new to me. One thing that struck me -- maybe it was in "Boys Adrift," too, and I simply didn't notice -- is that he gives you a horror story, something really bad that happened, and only afterwords says "now that's a rare case, but..." It seems to me that's a propaganda trick: "If you don't follow my advice, think what horrible things can occur." I still think that a lot of the information is useful, thus the high rating, but I wish the presentation would've been a little different.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer G

    I don't recommend this book. I listened to the audio version, and started off thoroughly enjoying it. The first few CDs were great and had some good insight about girls. However, the last 4 CDs or so just lost my interest. Although perhaps a girls school might be the best choice for our daughters, I am not going to go to my parent council and try to convince the principal that girls only classes should be created. I am also not going to have my daughter join a religion that I don't agree with si I don't recommend this book. I listened to the audio version, and started off thoroughly enjoying it. The first few CDs were great and had some good insight about girls. However, the last 4 CDs or so just lost my interest. Although perhaps a girls school might be the best choice for our daughters, I am not going to go to my parent council and try to convince the principal that girls only classes should be created. I am also not going to have my daughter join a religion that I don't agree with simply because girls that belong to spiritual groups seem to do better on average than girls who don't. Enough said?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Girls on the Edge was hard to read at times! Parenting is tough. Great read with valuable information. I was fascinated by the section on toxins. Thanks for lending it to Leanne!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Since reading “Queen Bees and Wannabes,” which eventually inspired the movie “Mean Girls,” I have been particularly fascinated with the culture of teen girls, and how it doesn’t really end once the high schoolers go off to college. In this particular book, physician and psychologist Leonard Sax, who previously penned a similar book about boys, examines what he believes are four factors impacting the current society in which girls are growing up. These are sexual identity, the cyberbubble, obsess Since reading “Queen Bees and Wannabes,” which eventually inspired the movie “Mean Girls,” I have been particularly fascinated with the culture of teen girls, and how it doesn’t really end once the high schoolers go off to college. In this particular book, physician and psychologist Leonard Sax, who previously penned a similar book about boys, examines what he believes are four factors impacting the current society in which girls are growing up. These are sexual identity, the cyberbubble, obsessions, and environmental toxins. He dedicates a chapter to each, as well as drawing connections between the various factors. One issue addressed in the sexuality chapter which I have not seen mentioned often in other texts is the increasing “cool” factor of bisexuality and lesbianism. In his chapter on technology, Sax points to sleep deprivation as a factor in the overdiagnosis and medicating of ADHD. In the final chapters, Sax also addresses the importance of feeding the mind, body, and soul of young women, making some interesting points about the differences in physical education, academic education, and religious education for boys and girls. Though this book does not present a particularly comprehensive look at the adolescence of girls (as evidenced by the title itself), it does make good points about the four titular issues, some of which have yet to be addressed in depth in other materials. An excellent addition to popular literature regarding psychology and development in young women.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    *A new kind of help for a new kind of crisis* While the technology of today offers countless advances in how we live our daily lives, it also results in never-before-encountered challenges and stressors that threaten the livelihood and futures of young women. In his book _Girls On the Edge_, Leonard Sax identifies the four key factors that are creating what he terms the "new crisis for girls." These factors include: 1. Sexual identity--young girls are acting sexual before they even are sexual, and *A new kind of help for a new kind of crisis* While the technology of today offers countless advances in how we live our daily lives, it also results in never-before-encountered challenges and stressors that threaten the livelihood and futures of young women. In his book _Girls On the Edge_, Leonard Sax identifies the four key factors that are creating what he terms the "new crisis for girls." These factors include: 1. Sexual identity--young girls are acting sexual before they even are sexual, and despite their appearances, are more confused and insecure than ever before 2. The cyberbubble--being constantly connected online has resulted in girls disconnecting from their true selves and in-person relationships 3. Obsessions--the fixations that result in attempts to cope with overwhelming anxiety and depression and fill the black hole that resides where identity and self-esteem should be 4. Environmental toxins--endocrine disruptors found in the environment that result in an earlier onset of puberty, which, in turn, causes increased risk for depression, anxiety and substance abuse If you're the parent of an adolescent girl, this book may be a lifesaver. A true eye opener, it is filled with a plethora of insight and information. But more importantly, it serves as a heart-opening guide for guide how we can provide young women the nourishment and the nurturing they crave, and the identities and the joy they deserve.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Vincent

    Some of this book covers very familiar territory. BPA in plastics of all kinds are influencing our bodies is scary and unknowable ways, and sadly kids are getting more of it even than adults. In my house, I recently tossed all the crappy mismatched plastic containers used by my wife and asked her to start using only glass and ceramic for microwave warming. This book notes that now puberty for girls at age 8 is not considered unusual, and in fact may be traceable to the drop in breast feeding amo Some of this book covers very familiar territory. BPA in plastics of all kinds are influencing our bodies is scary and unknowable ways, and sadly kids are getting more of it even than adults. In my house, I recently tossed all the crappy mismatched plastic containers used by my wife and asked her to start using only glass and ceramic for microwave warming. This book notes that now puberty for girls at age 8 is not considered unusual, and in fact may be traceable to the drop in breast feeding among American women. More formula equals more plastic bottles and nipples. There is much more here. The author zeros in on 4 issues, including the role on texting/computers, obsessive behaviors and sexual identity's generated by the mass media - plus toxins. All of this is having an impact on girls specifically that is upsetting. The book hits many other themes: he supports single-sex classrooms, uniforms to discourage showoffs and schools where teachers spend time with students at lunch. But he also talks about sports and says parents are wise to advise their kids to stay away from gymnastics, figure skating and cheerleading - because all 3 focus on how you look, rather than what you do. Although the writing is a bit stilted and this author comes across as fairly preachy and overbearing, he lays out some compelling evidence. Dads and moms, take note.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    Interesting book, but I didn't learn anything new. Most of it is common sense. Girls are different than boys. Right-o. Heard this many a time. But in a way he's almost reinforcing the stereotypes, even though he's meaning not too. Keep the computers out of their rooms - check. Monitor their cell phone use - check. His mean girls assessment was a little off the mark, unrealistic mainly, and truly if you've never been female, that's a hard one to really understand. But I could tell he meant well o Interesting book, but I didn't learn anything new. Most of it is common sense. Girls are different than boys. Right-o. Heard this many a time. But in a way he's almost reinforcing the stereotypes, even though he's meaning not too. Keep the computers out of their rooms - check. Monitor their cell phone use - check. His mean girls assessment was a little off the mark, unrealistic mainly, and truly if you've never been female, that's a hard one to really understand. But I could tell he meant well overall and that he cares about children and the dangers they face today. Which is many. And now I'm a little more frightened, for them, and for me as their parent. Oh, and I did learn a thing or two about arm pit hair. Studies have shown that male and female offspring can identify their father's armpit hair just by smelling pieces of it. We can identify the pheromones of our parents! If we're not too grossed out in the process...I guess. So there's a fun family activity! Also, apparently back east a lawn mover is called a lawn tractor. Soo..I guess if you have a lawn back there you're considered a what, a farmer? Sounds like some weird back east thing to me..:)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Teri

    50% of girls in the US will hit puberty before their 10th birthday!!! REALLY?!!! I think this book is my book club pick of the year--if I had a book club. :) I'd love to sit in a coffee shop and discuss his ideas: all-girls schools, cutting, early onset of puberty, the cyberbubble and the pseudo-society of teenagers, the need for female community that spans generations, anorexia of the soul, sports that focus on what you do rather than how you look, Finnish schools that disallow formal education 50% of girls in the US will hit puberty before their 10th birthday!!! REALLY?!!! I think this book is my book club pick of the year--if I had a book club. :) I'd love to sit in a coffee shop and discuss his ideas: all-girls schools, cutting, early onset of puberty, the cyberbubble and the pseudo-society of teenagers, the need for female community that spans generations, anorexia of the soul, sports that focus on what you do rather than how you look, Finnish schools that disallow formal education until age 7 vs the academic preschool push in the US, female need for spirituality . . . "Have friends. Not too many. Mostly females." "founded on good friendships with two, three, four, or, at most, five other girls and/or women. The number may include her mom and/or another relative such as an aunt or a cousin, plus one or two girls her own age, and hopefully at least one woman besides Mom who is not her own age, ideally her Mom's age or older. Those friendships can last for decades, long after the boys are forgotten." last chapter pg 211

  11. 5 out of 5

    The Hofs

    AMAZING! I found myself wanting to high five him at the end of each chapter! He explains the issues of our culture in a way that I found very informative without freaking out the reader. As the mother of 6 daughters, I appreciate the knowledge gained but encourage practically everyone I meet to read this book because raising children isnt for the wimpy and there is valuable information in these pages! One of my top 5 books this year!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cory

    Oh, I love love love Leonard Sax!!! It's now my goal to meet him, although if I do I'll probably end up gushing and making a total fool of myself. He's just so brilliant!!! Okay . . . let me get ahold of myself. This book frightened me, with all the information about environmental toxins, but it was a very interested sort of frightened. And the thing I like about Sax is that he gives solutions to the problems after frightening you with them.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cara

    I was super happy to listen to this book. I found many elements to be good conversation starts with my husband. It made me think about how I am parenting my cute girls and how I can help to develop their sense of self early on. It is a bit hard because the technology section is so outdated, but the ideas are still relevant. I’d also be interested in reading some of the cited studies. Overall, a thought provoking book on raising happy and healthy girls in our modern world.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kyrie Beckman

    I really enjoyed this read personally and as a professional. I feel as if all people should rest this book, male and female.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laurel

    I had already read Boys Adrift and so I thought it was a good idea to read the girls book. :) I thought it was a worth while read. I especially liked the info about developing bone density.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sami Sultan

    A must-read book. Sax gives strong evidence that ‘traditional’ gender roles are not a social construct, but rather arise from the innate emotional needs of men and women. Sax also comments on how the pressure to appear beautiful in school is harming girls and young women. He also observes that many of the problems adolescents fall into stem from lacking a sense of self or from defining oneself by a single trait. Based on these and other observations, (and from his 20 years as a family therapist) A must-read book. Sax gives strong evidence that ‘traditional’ gender roles are not a social construct, but rather arise from the innate emotional needs of men and women. Sax also comments on how the pressure to appear beautiful in school is harming girls and young women. He also observes that many of the problems adolescents fall into stem from lacking a sense of self or from defining oneself by a single trait. Based on these and other observations, (and from his 20 years as a family therapist) he strongly recommends parents send their children to single-sex school, and find ways for their children to interact with adults, rather than only with other children of the same age. Chapters 1, 5, and 7 (Sexual Identity, Mind, and Spirit) are the best for a non-parent. The remaining chapters are probably useful for a parent that isn't familiar with what happens in public school today.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Mckenzie

    A friend lent me this after I mentioned reading Dr. Sax's Boys Adrift which I thought was phenomenal! Girls on the Edge was very informative as well. In my review of Boys Adrift I wrote that parents of both boys and girls could benefit from reading it; Girls on the Edge is really more useful to parents of girls. I like how he conquered dilemmas facing girls of this generation through perspectives of mind, body and spirit. While boys appear to be 'adrift' nowadays, girls have become more competit A friend lent me this after I mentioned reading Dr. Sax's Boys Adrift which I thought was phenomenal! Girls on the Edge was very informative as well. In my review of Boys Adrift I wrote that parents of both boys and girls could benefit from reading it; Girls on the Edge is really more useful to parents of girls. I like how he conquered dilemmas facing girls of this generation through perspectives of mind, body and spirit. While boys appear to be 'adrift' nowadays, girls have become more competitive and lose sight of WHO they are and focus on WHAT they are. A healthy balance of mind/body/spirit is ideal and as a parent we owe it to our kids to help them achieve this.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    I am so happy I found this book. It’s information is so important!!!! I found myself wanting to shout “AMEN” when things I felt about parenting and protecting my daughters were given scientific/statistical backing. I will reference this book often. I do have to acknowledge that some points felt a bit overdone and one sided. The first few chapters were the most well done and relevant. I would totally recommend it. The book gave me a lot to think about. 4.5 stars

  19. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I had to return this to the library before I had the chance to review it but as I said, wish I had just bought it to start with. Very intriguing and somewhat disturbing. I was hooked when he started describing a phenomena I've observed but not known how to describe, girls being, for lack of any better phrase, sexualized before they have even come close to figuring out who they are, their personal identity. He raises questions about the early onset of puberty, the ways girls learn differently fro I had to return this to the library before I had the chance to review it but as I said, wish I had just bought it to start with. Very intriguing and somewhat disturbing. I was hooked when he started describing a phenomena I've observed but not known how to describe, girls being, for lack of any better phrase, sexualized before they have even come close to figuring out who they are, their personal identity. He raises questions about the early onset of puberty, the ways girls learn differently from boys, how much gender behavior is nurture vs nature (you know the test where boys and girls are given the same toys to play with - boys spend most of their time playing with the trucks, girls will split their time between the trucks and dolls, weighted a bit more towards the dolls - they conducted it with monkeys and were shocked to find the results were very nearly the same), social media, healthy and mental health issues, lot of things to think about. It was hard not to mark up the pages. Hard. I highly recommend this to anyone with daughters, anyone who cares about girls and young women. I will almost certainly buy a copy, just so I can mark it up to my hearts content. Perhaps I will then expand upon this brief and poorly written review. But then again, so many books, so little time...the struggle is real.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Randi

    Honestly, I am too exhausted by all the things I despised about this book. There were all the red flags, all the clearly bias "research" on each topic, "facts" that are cherry picked to fit into the author's personal view (he does a good job of tip toeing around it, but it's still very clear) rather than just stating the research and findings, and a lack of genuine experience or qualifications to speak so surely on certain subjects. To bring it all into a cohesive review feels overwhelming. Mayb Honestly, I am too exhausted by all the things I despised about this book. There were all the red flags, all the clearly bias "research" on each topic, "facts" that are cherry picked to fit into the author's personal view (he does a good job of tip toeing around it, but it's still very clear) rather than just stating the research and findings, and a lack of genuine experience or qualifications to speak so surely on certain subjects. To bring it all into a cohesive review feels overwhelming. Maybe I will revise this one day, but until then, avoid this book. If you're curious about subject matter, there are many other options.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    Author Leonard Sax delves into the very modern realities of raising daughters in the present landscape, one that is tremendously different from our own youth and is continuously evolving. Of course it is quite timely for me as I navigate the terrain of 4- and 7-year old daughters, however, it is is an extremely informative book for just about anyone to read, illuminating much about themselves and their relationships. The book covers the expected, like over-sexualization of young girls and cyber Author Leonard Sax delves into the very modern realities of raising daughters in the present landscape, one that is tremendously different from our own youth and is continuously evolving. Of course it is quite timely for me as I navigate the terrain of 4- and 7-year old daughters, however, it is is an extremely informative book for just about anyone to read, illuminating much about themselves and their relationships. The book covers the expected, like over-sexualization of young girls and cyber concerns, but I was genuinely surprised at how much it opened my eyes to several previously unacknowledged notions, e.g. social websites contributing to a under-developed core identity. I am also quite sold on single gender education/school for social, physical, educational, and too many specific reasons to go into here, but needless to say, prior to reading this book, I never so much as considered the possibility of enrolling my children in an all girls school. While my views strongly differ from the author's on cow milk consumption (environmental toxins chapter) and I believe that section would benefit from significant revision, I still find this book well written and highly insightful.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michael Beaton

    I don't have daughters, but if I did I would want this book as essential information. Particularly in the post feminist era where the paradigm and predefined rules for girls/women have been so radically altered in such a short time. Rather than the false equivalence of thinking boys and girls are the same, this book explores what is more true – that girls are profoundly different than boys and need to be treated as such. This applies in the classroom as well as on the sports field. And the author d I don't have daughters, but if I did I would want this book as essential information. Particularly in the post feminist era where the paradigm and predefined rules for girls/women have been so radically altered in such a short time. Rather than the false equivalence of thinking boys and girls are the same, this book explores what is more true – that girls are profoundly different than boys and need to be treated as such. This applies in the classroom as well as on the sports field. And the author does an excellent job of making and elucidating this point in four primary examples, and many related ones. Additionally This book, to me, is relevant to the roiling conversation about whether we have entered an age of "The End of Man". It is tough to live through a paradigm shift. Particularly, I think, when the paradigm that is shifting is central to developing one's identity, sense of self, basic understandings of thier relationships, and purpose in the world. All of these, are up for renegotiation in today's world for today's children. I think this book, then, is an important contribution to understanding how to navigate these new and potentially troubled waters.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    Overall, this is quite good, for bringing up big picture issues that most parents, doctors and policy makers have not traditionally even thought about. For instance, we should be talking much more about environmental exposures when discussing obesity. Some of the advice is common sense, but some of it goes beyond the existing science. Generally this is harmless because there's little downside, for example, to using glass bowls instead of plastic bowls in the microwave, if you can. But in some ot Overall, this is quite good, for bringing up big picture issues that most parents, doctors and policy makers have not traditionally even thought about. For instance, we should be talking much more about environmental exposures when discussing obesity. Some of the advice is common sense, but some of it goes beyond the existing science. Generally this is harmless because there's little downside, for example, to using glass bowls instead of plastic bowls in the microwave, if you can. But in some other areas the simplistic solutions seem potentially damaging. A few survey studies and animal experiments don't necessarily translate into good public policy. The author should be clearer that these are his best guesses of what we should do, but that they are not supported by strong evidence of what actually helps. The tone (especially in the audio version) is preachy and even derisive of parents who might disagree.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Johanna Kirk

    In Girls On The Edge, author Leonard Sax identifies and describes the challenges girls are facing today as they navigate their way to adulthood. It is nothing short of daunting to read the onslaught of obstacles girls must clear on the road to an authentic self. I found it simultaneously fascinating and frightening. The chapters on body, mind and sport where the most captivating to me, filled with interesting nuggets of information. Luckily the book has many good suggestions how to possibly avoi In Girls On The Edge, author Leonard Sax identifies and describes the challenges girls are facing today as they navigate their way to adulthood. It is nothing short of daunting to read the onslaught of obstacles girls must clear on the road to an authentic self. I found it simultaneously fascinating and frightening. The chapters on body, mind and sport where the most captivating to me, filled with interesting nuggets of information. Luckily the book has many good suggestions how to possibly avoid (or minimize) some of the pitfalls and as a mother of two young girls I feel more prepared for what's ahead. A quick read and absolutely recommended.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Excellent read. As a parent of a daughter and someone who works with teenagers on a daily basis, I thought it was interesting, at times scary, but interesting nonetheless. I thought the environmental toxins section was eye-opening and makes me want to an overhaul of the contents in my kitchen cupboards. I feel I may want to revisit this book when my daughter enters her tween years...and maybe give it as a gift to parents of girls, as it gives the reader a lot to think about!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amber O'Bryant

    I found this book to be slightly helpful, despite being dated (but it’s a problem books about parenting can’t seem to help much), referencing MySpace pages and the like. I was very intrigued by the science of how girls learn differently than their male peers and the arguments for a single-gender education versus a co-ed school. (Only a single chapter of the book though.) A couple good nuggets, but felt like the book was written for a parenting generation older than mine.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Mckenzie

    An eye opening look at the pressures teen girls face in our current culture. By discovering their true identity thorough positive intergenerational relationships with women, and having a spiritual life, girls can prevent or reverse the negative thought/behavior patterns, which many of them are engaged in.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kari Olfert

    Interesting, I learnt a lot of new information. I'm a mom and I'm surprised by how much I didn't know about my daughters. It's a little clinical/dry but I can appreciate the different angle and research that went into this. If you want to have a better understanding of what your daughters are facing you're going to want to read this.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Everyone who has a daughter should read this book. In clear terms it describes what are the new crises for girls. The world is changing quickly and as a parent I feel like I have some catching up to do if I want my children to be confident un-anxiety ridden and balanced teens and adults.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    Great advice and insights. I especially appreciated the direction with the social media. I'm grateful for having found this book for my daughters and the young women I serve at our church.

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