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All Made Up: A Girl's Guide to Seeing Through Celebrity Hype to Celebrate Real Beauty Paperback – Bargain Price, April 18, 2006


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers (April 18, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802777449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802777447
  • ASIN: B001G8WW3I
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,655,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up–Former model turned teen magazine writer and editor turned media-awareness activist, Brashich has created an accessible guide that explores the relationship between self-esteem and pop culture. Taking her cues from authors such as Naomi Wolf, she challenges readers to feel good about themselves in spite of a culture that celebrates thinness and celebrity, and to see that beauty comes in many shapes and sizes. She shares personal experiences and incorporates quotes from teens, emphasizing that while it's OK to enjoy the occasional celebrity magazine or episode of America's Next Top Model, it is important to realize that it is hype. Brashich poses questions to readers and recommends activities that will help others see through the marketing. A book that offers both support and validation.–Elaine Baran Black, Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

Gr. 6-9. Once a starstruck teen whose admiration for "models, stars, and 'It' girls" led her to a short-lived modeling career, Brashich now writes for magazines such as Sassy and Shape. Here, she myth-busts the glamour of female celebrity, combining chatty humor ("True, [stars] go to the Oscars, but that show is freakin' long and boring") with quotes from real girls and provocative facts (based on their Body Mass Indexes, recent Miss America winners would have been considered malnourished by the World Health Organization). Though Brashich persuasively makes her points, the book's design is workmanlike, and its intended audience is difficult to pinpoint; chipper line drawings and earnest suggestions seem to target tweens, while references to the infamous Paris Hilton video and to Bitch magazine seem best suited to YAs. But the substantive, often entertaining content, backed up by endnotes and further resources, will serve both groups well, and many readers will find their way to Brashich's Web site, where they will be able post responses to the book's "Back Talk" sidebars. Jennifer Mattson
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

I've been involved in teen and women's journalism since 1993. I've worked and written for magazines such as Sassy, YM, Seventeen, Elle Girl, Cosmo Girl, Teen People, Lucky, Working Woman, Shape, Ms., Health, Healing Lifestyles & Spas and others. My work focuses on body image, understanding media influences, wellness, parenting and travel. I'm also the author of All Made Up: A Girl's Guide to Seeing Through Celebrity Hype and Celebrating Real Beauty (Walker Books for Young Readers, 2006).

I've been lucky enough to appear on TV and radio in the US and Canada (CNN, NBC, CBS, Urban Rush, Breakfast Television, CBC and many others) as a commentator. I've also served on the board of directors for Mind on the Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering critical analysis of media messages, and consulted with national organizations such as Girls Inc. on their programming and policies for girls.

I'm married with two young kids...and my current idea of bliss? An opportunity to do nothing. Absolutely nothing. Alone. In the quiet. Ahhhhh.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Dee on May 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
WOW! This easy and entertaining read by former model and girls' activist Audrey Brashich could not have arrived at a better moment. American women and girls are increasingly frothing at the mouth for the mundane details of the lives of Britney, Jen, and "celebutantes" like Paris Hilton. This addictive focus on a handful of Beautiful People is drowning out substance, like "real" news of the world instead of who's choosing an exotic baby name, real achievements by real women, instead of who's in rehab again or was seen on a shopping spree, and real beauty instead of an unattainable combination of Barbielike measurements. Many girls these days "get" that there's a difference between stars'/models' lives and reality. However, media mania is so pervasive that girls are bound to be affected in many subtle ways. ALL MADE UP will help any girl see herself and her world more clearly. Every preteen and teen (female and male) should check this book out now.--Catherine Dee, author of THE GIRLS' GUIDE TO LIFE and THE GIRLS' BOOK OF WISDOM
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Eva on May 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I wish I had this book when I was young. I want to give it to every teenage girl growing up in today's twisted world of skinny, shallow celebrity worship--and to every parent of every teen girl, and to every teen boy who blindly believes what he's told about what makes chicks cool and attractive. It's a rare treat to find a book on this subject that is smart without being preachy, informative without being pedantic, and provocative without being alienating. This is what teen magazines should be. This is what parenting guides should be. This is what we all should have been told as we entered puberty.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By GoodDirt on May 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
Media ia so much a part of our lives that we so rarely even stop to consider the effect it has on something as fundamental as body image.

The situation gets worse when you try to consider just how to speak to the younger generation about such things without invoking pedantics.

But Audrey Brashich gets right to the heart of the matter in this book, by speaking the right language, using all the right examples, and never, ever preaching.

More than an information goldmine, this book is a great guide on how to decipher the media--and to take away from it what's useful and good about it, and leave the rest of it behind.

It's a terrific resource for teachers!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Najwa on May 3, 2006
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As someone who volunteers with teen girls on a regular basis, and hears them obsess about their bodies, "All Made Up" is a breath of fresh air. My favorite aspect of this book is how it helps girls deal with boys who think that all girls should look like pop stars and models -- my favorite chapter. It reminds young women that they're wonderful just as they are, yet "All Made Up" is not condescending or preachy. It's obvious the author knows what she's talking about; she constantly pulls examples from her days as a teen model, and her experience as a teen magazine editor. I only wish this book existed when I was a teen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Mills on February 3, 2010
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This book is a great introduction to media literacy. Boys as well as girls would benefit from knowing how to critique what they see in the media and what is really going on behind the scenes. I only regret that there is just a chapter on boys and that the whole book was not geared toward both genders. Definitely a must read.
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