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BOOK REVIEW: Secrets Girls Keep by Carrie Silver-Stock

Posted Feb 16 2010 10:02pm

Gema is a 19-year old from Miami, FL. She loves reading and writing young adult fiction and claims to pass out in the presence of sterile wit. 

by Carrie Silver-Stock

HCI Teens, $14.95

“I want to start a movement where girls push back the stereotypes, false labels and images that surround us.”

                And that is, in a nutshell, Carrie Silver-Stock’s mission with her book . Composed of quizzes, tips and real stories, is a self-esteem boosting handbook for girls.

                What I love about this book is that no topic is off limits. Everything from sexting to getting a job is mentioned. At the same time, no topic is waved away as less important than another. Each is treated with the care and respect it deserves. It not only mentions topics that teens do discuss but the topics that teens should be discussing. This book brings the best elements of a magazine without the “you’re not pretty enough, buy something I’m advertising” undertones. It offers the information young girls need in order to lead better lives.

                “Real life dating and love are about respecting each other and not being put down. Take a stand for respect and encourage your friends to do the same.” This is just one of the golden nuggets of wisdom spilled through . Through her work with girls, Silver-Stock has discovered “The Seven Tips Every Girl Needs to Deal with Any Problem” and she’s sharing them with the world.

                Tip One: You Gotta Use Your Gut

                Tip Two: Discover Your Strengths and Use Them

                Tip Three: Choose the Right Friends and Respect Them

                Tip Four: Be Courageous and Confident

                Tip Five: Be Fit and Stay Fit

                Tip Six: Dream Big

                Tip Seven: Get Outside of Yourself

                Although it seems unlikely at first, Silver-Stock is able to apply the seven tips to most situations. They’re short, easy to understand, and woven with hope and encouragement.

                All girls should have a peek or two at . It has the rare ability to reach all girls and make them empathize with each other. It’s a handbook and a journal. It’s where the wise advice lies when friends steer you wrong. It’s by Carrie Silver-Stock.

 “…this book holds the simple secrets to living your best life and to being savvy, smart, and successful.”


New FTC guidelines say that I must mention if I received a book I’m giving a thumbs up to for free or not. So for the record, all the books that I’ve reviewed/will review were given to me for free for the purpose of reviewing. I judge a book on its literary content and not on how well I know, or don’t know, the author. Essentially, I am here to tell you, the reader, if I think a book is worth your time and money or not. Until (if ever) the FTC realizes the error in assuming that blog-reviewers are less honest than newspaper reviewers, this disclaimer will appear in all of my upcoming book reviews.

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