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Deal with It! A Whole New Approach to Your Body, Brain, and Life as a gURL Paperback – September 1, 1999

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The birds and bees have never been so hip, thanks to Esther Drill, Heather McDonald, and Rebecca Odes, creators of gURL.com and authors of Deal with It! A Whole New Approach to Your Body, Brain and Life as a gURL. As their Web site blossomed in popularity, the gURLs noticed that today's teens have the same questions about sex, love, and growing up that they had as teens. "Hearing what they had to say convinced us that there was a need for a new kind of book about being a girl, one that's smart, funny, approachable, and tuned in to the things girls really want to know." With chapters such as "Boobs," "What's Up Down There," "To Do It or Not to Do It," and "Those Sucky Emotions," the gURLs have got everything covered--with the frankness, humor, and style frustratingly absent from the majority of similarly themed books. All topics are fair game: zit remedies; a dazzling array of hair removal techniques; masturbation methods; sexual positions and orientations; what to do if you are raped; how to deal with anger, depression, and anxiety; the physical effects of different drugs; how to get along with friends and family; and more. In addition to a cooler-than-cool, color-drenched layout and loads of detailed info, Deal with It includes a ton of questions, comments, and personal advice from teenage girls who frequent gURL.com. Reading page after page of these earnest, confused, and curious young voices drives home the need for a book like Deal with It and makes clear that the women of gURL.com have met that challenge with resounding success. (Ages 12 and older) --Brangien Davis

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Following a recent trend, Web gurus Drill, McDonald and Odes have translated their highly popular Web site, gURL.com, into print, taking a holistic approach to those perennial teen concerns: changing bodies, emotions, desires and lives. In a frank, nonjudgmental tone, they discuss topics and details that more conservative guides might skip: lesbianism and bisexuality receive respectful and thorough treatment that is remarkably well-integrated into the broader discussion of sex in this happily nonphallocentric book; the section on illegal drugs is evenhanded; and the discussion of treatments of eating disorders, other mental illnesses and suicide are honest and informative. Each section ends with a comprehensive list of topical resources: Web sites, hot lines, books and organizations. In addition to the authors' valuable commentary, a good deal of the text is made up of outtakes from girls' online dialogues culled from the site, revealing a thoughtful and supportive cybercommunity able to respond unflinchingly to the many issues covered. Young readers, liberal parents and educators will welcome the authors' openness and lack of boosterism . Full-color illustrations throughout. Agent, Julie Merberg, Roundtable Press, Inc.; 5-city author tour. (Sept.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671041576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671041571
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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119 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Sophia on February 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
I work at a bookstore and I noticed that a lot of young middle school girls were buying this book. So out of curiosity I bought one for myself and took it home. Let me say that it tells you EVERYTHING....Every single question you have about being a teen girl is answered in that book. From your body (and even the yucky parts about it) to your brain (emotional problems) and this isn't a little corny valley girl book. And now that I am 17 I thought I knew it all, I thought it was almost over because when I turned 18 being a teen girl would turn into a legal adult girl. But even my stubborn self learned a great deal. It has a lot of pictures and descriptions and comments from other teen girls. If your a parent I suggest you buy this for your young preteen (even 10 year olds!) we all need to be prepared for this time in our lives and there are some things you just can't talk about with your parents... In a nutshell this is one of the best books I've ever read.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Tessa Stephens on December 29, 1999
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I bought the Gurl book after knowing about the Gurl website for quite some time. Luckily, this book fills it all in. I was impressed by all the information on everything a girl needs to know, all about sex, pregnancy, depression, parents, etc. etc. I think I'm maybe a little too old for the book now (I'm 18) but I'd totally recommend it for 12-16 year-olds. Some parents might not like the content (it discusses oral sex, etc.) but a girl's gonna learn about it some time, so it might as well be in a healthy, factual way. Definitely worth the money.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 2000
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I bought this book for my 12 yr old daughter and she just loved it . I bought it for her because it looked like a great book for growing up girls!perfect for ages 12-16!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Green Eyed Floozy on April 10, 2003
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I bought this book for my thirteen year old daughter. She has had my copy of Our Bodies, Our Selves for several months now, but that book is aimed towards an older female. This is the perfect book to answer all those teen questions that arise.
Yes, parts of it are blunt and the female authors pull no punches - that is what I liked about it. Obviously, many of these questions are taken directly from the web site. It's not as if the authors attempted to find the subjects which would offend parents the most!
They are questions asked by curious teens and I, for one, am thrilled that those questions are being answered by females who are mature, yet understanding. Too many parents choose to act as if budding sexuality will go away if they discourage it...wake up, people. It's biological and you can demand abstinence all you want; it doesn't mean your child will listen.
I am extremely open to any questions my children want to ask me about sex, or anything else for that matter. Still, there are questions girls just don't feel comfortable asking adults in their family...that is the reason I purchased this book.
Yes, they describe how to perform oral sex, but they also discuss receiving it. I learned it from my Mother's Helen Gurley Brown book long before I ever actually became sexually active. Just because a girl is curious, doesn't mean she's going to have sex immediately. In fact, I think it makes them LESS likely to do it strictly out of curiosity!
Thank you, ladies, for writing this...where were you when I was a teen? I will definitely be saving this one for my other two girls..and my boy!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By QUEEN_OF_EVERYTHING on June 16, 2004
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Keep in mind that this book is not something to read cover-to-cover like a novel - it is much more of a reference book. Basically, it talks about sex, puberty, and changes in the body, as well as drugs, a bit of peer pressure, and certain kinds of mental illnesses. Still, parents need to know what they are buying their girls. My mom bought it for me while I was away at camp and for whatever reason, shipped it to me while I was residing up in the Pocono Mountains. The girls in my bunk went crazy and laughed hysterically over the pictures. Then, they proceeded to pass it around the bunk and read passages out loud. Every once in awhile, a counselor would find the book wide open on her pillow, flipped to a page with some diagram on it.
Yes, THOSE kind of diagrams. Body parts.
This is info every girl ought to know about, however. Nothing really ought to be deemed controversial here. This book basically talks about life, or something like it. What goes on in this book is happening, as I speak, to girls everywhere. If you've got qualms about graphic CARTOON pictures, then do not by this book. And for mothers reading this, I suggest your girl be in the eighth grade. Or if she's 12 and mature...what the hell. They'll find out everything here sooner or later!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By jenny8675309 on December 7, 1999
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i wish we would have had a book like this in the late 70's /early 80's when i was in junior/senior high school. this book will help so many kids with questions/problems that they do not yet feel comfortable speaking with their friends and family about. don't worry gurls-you'll love talking about all things with your gurlfriends as you get older! this book is perfect. and take this advise to heart-these chick's know what's up. way to go rebecca!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dan H on June 20, 2000
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I read this book cover to cover with my wife before giving it to our 11 year old daughter. If I were to change one thing I would put it in a three ring binder so we could remove some parts such as the oral sex section until she was a little older. However my wife and I are very open minded and we actually went through the book section by section with our daughter and asked her to skip those sections until she was a little older. She even closed the sections with a paperclip for us.
Our daughter is very intelligent and very curious. I can tell you right now that I would much rather have her learn these things from this book than from someone on the street!
I recommend this book for anyone with daughters in the age from 11-18. I also recommend "Our Bodies Ourselves" for ALL women AND men to read.
If you really don't want your daughter reading those sections, then hit them with a permanent marker, or do like that other woman did and rip the pages right out, but don't pass over this excellent and informative resource for young women!..
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