“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”
― Anne Frank
Becoming an adult takes more than just dressing a certain way, speaking a certain way, doing activities that are affiliated with adulthood or even making right or well thought through life decisions. It also involves figuring out who you are in a world jam-packed with clones of people who have already found their individuality. That’s why The Girl Guide: Finding Your Place in a Mixed-Up World by Christine Fonseca is such a motivational read for young adults who are still developing their character.
Throughout The Girl Guide, Christine Fonseca helps young readers to understand the importance of: planning, having priorities, conducting mature arguments and managing their online lifestyle. She does this through the use of quizzes, what-if scenarios and simple straight-forward speech. All of which will help them figure out who they are and where they fit in in this turbulent world.
What I really found interesting were the side notes she added at the end of each chapter. Other than the fact that some had very stylish and artistic borders, they were also fabricated in such a way that a teenage girl could enjoy evaluating herself and even build her self-esteem. They encouraged and nudged on positive ideas. They even included little pointers and tips from older girls.
This particular approach to aiding female youths in finding their own voice, also reminded me books such as: Chicken Soup series, What I Wish I’d Known in High School: A Crash Course in Teenage Survival by John Bytheway, How to Win Friends and Influence People for Teen Girls by Dale Carnegie and
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens: Simple Ways to Keep Your Cool in Stressful Times by Richard Carlson.
Regardless of how much in common these books have with The Girl Guide: Finding Your Place in a Mixed-Up World, Fonseca brings a new age, fresh, starkly down to earth, girl aid in her book that I wish I had when I was growing up.
- Publisher: SourceBooks (non-fiction) (April 1, 2013)
- Length: 242 pages (Paperback)
- Series: N/A
- Source: Netgalley
- Genre: Teens & Young Adult, Children’s Non-fiction
- Completed: April 2013
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