Author(s): Rebecca Sparrow
Everybody knows high school can be tough. There are days when your favourite teacher tells you off. When the person you have a crush on fails to notice you even exist. When your best friend behaves more like your worst enemy. And when even the C-grade netball team thinks you'd be a dead weight and have the defending skills of a stapler. So how do you get through it? Glad you asked. Here's a practical, humorous guide for girls to help them negotiate their teen years and beyond. Laugh along with Rebecca as she reveals a few of her own less-than-shining high-school moments (like the time she accidentally set fire to her fake fingernails) but know that whether it's finding your tribe, your classroom or your confidence, this little black book will be an invaluable guide.
Not sure when to give your daughter this book? Rebecca Sparrow says:
This book deals with key lessons such as the importance of finding the right friends (who are loyal and like you for who you are), being resilient, trusting your gut instinct, body image, exercise, the futility of perfectionism and the importance of volunteering. It has two heavy chapters: one on drugs/alcohol/smoking and another on love (with a section on sex). Both chapters come with warnings that the girls may not feel ready to read those sections yet. What we know is that kids will generally skip over parts of books that aren’t relevent to them (just like I did with Dolly when I was a teenage girl). But if you’re worried – YOU SHOULD READ THE BOOK FIRST! Then just use my advice as a way to help your daughter navigate tricky school yard problems. You can give her the book when you feel ready.
Rebecca Sparrow is the author of The Girl Most Likely.