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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
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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
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On one hand, it's GREAT that this book is helping a new generation of young girls/women wake up and start questioning very preposterous messages constantly pumped out by the media... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Banshee
I received the product just as expected. My daughter has not started reading yet, but is excited to have received before Spring BreakPublished 17 months ago by deanka
It was a cool book, I would really recommend it to anyone who wants to be a model. They should find out what it's like first!!:)Published 20 months ago by Diana Spang