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Ask Elizabeth: Real Answers to Everything You Secretly Wanted to Ask AboutLove, Friends, YourBody... and Life in General Hardcover – March 22, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039925448X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399254482
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 1 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #945,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ask Elizabeth is a great way for girls to get candid advice to help reach their greatest potential. It is so wonderful that she has created a safe and supportive place for girls to go and gain that strength!" -Blake Lively

"It is a true gift to have a destination like Ask Elizabeth that lovingly helps women learn what is authentic to them so that they can build a better world with the strength and confidence they find within themselves."-Cameron Diaz

"When you feel there's no one who will listen, no one who will understand, no one to turn to, you can rest assured . . . Elizabeth will always be there for you."-Janet Jackson

"Ask Elizabeth is a wonderful resource for girls to ask any question their heart desires. The site offers unique support and encouragement that is vital for young women in today's world."-Hayden Panettiere

"I wish I had had a place like Ask Elizabeth where I could have known that my own inner challenges were similar to other girls . . . These girls who do Ask Elizabeth are ahead of the game, armed with insight and support.+-Fergie

"Teen years can feel lonely and confusing. Elizabeth Berkley brings girls the support and relief they need to know they are not alone!"-Vanessa Hudgens

"Elizabeth is a true girl's girl. There is no topic you can't bring up with her as a girlfriend and it is reflected in Ask Elizabeth.+-Jennifer Garner

About the Author

Elizabeth Berkley splits her time between Los Angeles and New York.

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I will be buying this book for almost every middle school/high school aged girls I know!
Kara Carlson
It came in at a perfect time and the book is very much enjoyable for teens, I recommend it to daughters- it's really informational and they can relate!
Bibi0730
She absolutely loved the book because it asked all the questions she had been asking with answers for her.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By MediaFan on April 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought a copy of Ask Elizabeth to bring to school with me (I teach High School English) in case a student wanted to read it during their independent reading time, or borrow it over a weekend, etc. (I always liked Elizabeth Berkley-- grew up watching Saved by the Bell--- so this was a no-brainer purchase for me.)

Well, as soon as one girl got her hands on the book, several others asked if I had more copies. What? Why? It turns out, the issues in the book are issues that the girls WANT to talk about but really are too self-aware to bring up to anyone--- even parents! To solve the problem for the time being, the girls are using the book in a book club on Fridays-- reading a selection together and using it to spark an honest conversation (which is the goal of book clubs anyhow!)

Obviously, I will now have to order at least a couple more copies of the book.

One more note: I don't know how they (the publishers) did this, but the book is GORGEOUS, full of bright colors and pictures / illustrations EVERYWHERE--- and yet the price (both cover price AND amazon price) is so so affordable. So if your teen is reluctant to read typical books--- this may be the answer--- it LOOKS appealing and IS appealing!

I can't recommend this book enough. If you are a parent, grandparent, teacher, uncle, aunt, ... friend even, get the book for a teenager in your life. They will THANK YOU FOR IT, believe me, it is terrific.

Enjoy!
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My 16 year old daughter said this was the best book she has ever read. She got the book last week and would not put it down. Elizabeth Berkley has an amazing way of reaching out to teens. Bravo!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By murph on April 24, 2011
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I got this book for my neice who has been going thru all the usual teen angst and I was pleased to find that she enjoyed it as much as I did when I "pre read" it to be sure it would be helpful for her. It destigmatizes all the girl issues we're all afraid to talk about and think we're the only ones going thru it. Plus it had the added bonus of a very cool visual presentation complete with all the "in" bits of style like camo, handwritten notes in teen lingo, etc. If I had tried to talk to my neice about these issues it would never have happened but giving her the book it opened up the door. Can't thank the author enough for being so thoughtful and right on the mark about the topics she included. P.S. Us older folk will love this was written by Jesse from Saved by the Bell.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Maria Beadnell on July 11, 2011
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The content is good. Ms Berkley is a good writer, remembers what it was like to be a teen, and empowers without being gooey.

It's the format--so praised in other reviews--that bothers me.

The pink in almost everything the author says, the photographed little pieces of paper that represent actual letters to the author, the busy-ness of each page, make it difficult to read and gave me a headache. It was enough of a headache that I was not actually able to read it all the way through.

There's a disconnect with reality: It's difficult to look at Ms Berkely and think she understand what it is to look average. A letter from a fan complaining that her friends are size zero when she is (gasp!!!) a size ten adds to the perception that although she tries really hard, Ms Berkley doesn't "get" what it is to be average.

It's also a bother that there is a table of contents but no index, so that if you want to re-read something helpful you have to wade through quite a bit to get to it, rather than just looking up the key phrase. Nonfiction should always have an index.

Still, it is a compassionate, sensible, teen-friendly read. The best part of the book is the section on bullying, wherein the author explains in an honest and straightforward way that yes, people really can be mean, and no, you didn't ask for it. This is the type of thing to read over and over.

I will be purchasing several copies for the library where I work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Gilliam on December 11, 2012
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1) To my surprise I even learned something from the book that I put in practice! I sat her mother down (we were at sever odds) and talked to her the way the book suggested, and it has blessed the relationship in so many ways! It's turned our entire interactions around for the better, and made making arrangements and time with my daughter PLEASURABLE and a TEAM EFFORT!

2) The first time my daughter told me she used the book to help her with mean kids at school... and that she keeps a poem from the book in her cell phone to use as inspiration... AND asked me if we could buy another copy for her best friend... to find out the book has also blessed her life in such a short time... I knew buying the book was worth 10 times more than I paid for it!

PROUD FATHER! HAPPY CUSTOMER!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vilma on March 16, 2013
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My book is paperback and has a soft cover, which has rubbery feel to it. Some of the design on the cover is glossy, some of it is relief. The inside paper quality is good, thick mat pages.
I don't know Elizabeth, I bought this title because of a teenag'y appealing design. I bought the book for my English lessons with teenage students, for distracting them during breaks or for their home reading. I know they like such cool stuff.

The contents is pretty cheesy for an adult, and it's all about the same "nobody's perfect, stand up for yourself, be yourself, it's going to be okay". I have read some of the chapters, there are some general truths, that we say to each other, no dangerous sort of advice. When I was 12-14, I know, I'd die for such a book :)

Recommended to fans of Elizabeth, 12-16 year-old girls (age depends on), teachers of teenagers. Makes a good present.
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