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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1120L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Zest Books (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097901736X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979017360
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #751,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 6–10—Burton's accessible text is a guide for girls who are caught up in the malicious gossiping, jealousy, and social shunning that affect so many adolescents. The author neatly outlines the issues and provides common-sense approaches to breaking the cycle of meanness, envy, and passive-aggressive behaviors, and she addresses both the victims and the mean girls themselves. The balance of narrative, white space, and illustration makes this self-help tool easy to comprehend. The well-researched text is punctuated with quotes from female artists and athletes and also includes a good resource guide to finding empowering organizations. The real challenge will be getting the book into readers' hands at the right time. Solid advice presented in an easy-to-read format.—Elaine Baran Black, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta
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From Booklist

“We girls can be cruel,” asserts Burton, who, with a direct tone and solid advice, puts the responsibility for change directly on the shoulders of girls themselves, asking them to look closely at their own behavior. Divided into six succinct chapters, the book begins by examining theories of why girls act the way they do, various types of common cruel behaviors, and excellent coping techniques. Later sections provide resources for addressing more serious problems and offer concrete suggestions for how to stop the cycle of female cruelty. Burton never talks down to her readers, nor does she pull her punches. Readers will respond to the author’s clear respect for the painful nature of the problem, while breezy language, such as the sections entitled “Why It Sucks” will draw girls into the practical advice. Quotes from female celebrities scattered throughout reinforce the central idea that girls need to change the mean-girl culture. A great addition for teen collections. Grades 7-10. --Lynn Rutan

More About the Author

Author Bonnie Burton writes about everything from Wookiees to mean girls. Her books include: THE STAR WARS CRAFT BOOK (Random House), STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS: PLANETS IN PERIL (DK Readers), DRAW STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS (Klutz Books), YOU CAN DRAW: STAR WARS (DK Children), GIRLS AGAINST GIRLS: WHY WE ARE MEAN TO EACH OTHER AND HOW WE CAN CHANGE (Zest Books) and NEVER THREATEN TO EAT YOUR CO-WORKERS: BEST OF BLOGS (Apress). She also contributed to comic book anthologies WOMANTHOLOGY (IDW Publishing) and THE GIRLS' GUIDE TO GUYS' STUFF (Friends of Lulu).

Bonnie writes for SFX Magazine, CNET.com and Playboy.com, and has written for Wired, Star Wars Insider, Geek, Bust, Craft, Organic Gardening and Huffington Post. Hosts web shows "Geek DIY" for Stan Lee's World of Heroes, "Vaginal Fantasy" Book Club Show on Geek & Sundry, and "Ask Bonnie." Learn more on her site: www.Grrl.com

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This book is a very easy and quick read as it is also eloquently and simplistically informative.
Julia Byers-Novellano
So, for all girls out there - from 11 to 92 - I'd highly recommend picking up this handy guide to dealing with (and preventing) all this unnecessary drama!
A.D.
Through this book, girls will learn some of the reasoning behind why girls can be so vicious - and what they can do to make it stop.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A.D. on May 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
As an adult, don't you always wonder what would have happened if you had known then what you know now? Growing up, I was oftentimes a victim of a lot of mean girl crimes from elementary to high school. Due to the nature of my youth, I lacked confidence and never really knew how to handle myself in those situations. I was too embarrassed to seek advice from anybody, so I ended up letting those situations get the best of me.

I wish I had Girls Against Girls as a reference guide when I was growing up! Sympathetically written, Bonnie Burton never talks down to her readers. You can tell that she understands today's text-loving & Facebook-surfing generation of girls. Bonnie gets straight to the point by not only offering perceptible solutions, but insight as to why mean girls do what they do.

Sadly however, Bonnie admits that mean girls don't disappear after high school. It's true. While I would absolutely buy this book for my (future) daughter, a lot of the fundamental lessons that I read apply to my life now (I'm 28). So, for all girls out there - from 11 to 92 - I'd highly recommend picking up this handy guide to dealing with (and preventing) all this unnecessary drama!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Reynes on December 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
Recently I had been going through a tough time. A girl had created an annonymous website about me and my band, dissing everything from my voice to my clothes. It was not only sad and frustrating, but it was scary-- I didn't know who was behind it, and I had no idea why anyone would want to hurt me in that way. When I read Girls against Girls, everything just started making sence. Not only is it straighforward and honest, but the sound advice it presented gave me the courage to just let it go. You can't change the way people treat you, but you can change the way that you deal with it. This was SUCH a powerful read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda L. Dellario on April 27, 2013
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Helpful for my daughter who was experiencing some nastiness from a girl in class. As with books of this nature, it does paint with a broad brush, but I really like the long perspective she takes. There are no good guys or bad guys, just good and bad ways of dealing with things. I'd recommend.
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Gold Star Award Winner!

Why are girls so mean to each other? Are they jealous? Intimidated? See other girls as competition? Whatever the reason, malicious gossiping, social shunning, vicious taunting, and cyber-bullying will often occur.

So how do we break the cycle? Through this book, girls will learn some of the reasoning behind why girls can be so vicious - and what they can do to make it stop.

The author takes a very balanced approach with this book. She not only addresses the victims, but the mean girls, as well. Her white space, layout, and illustrations are excellent and well-used. The information she presents is well-researched and takes a common-sense approach to breaking the cycle of meanness, envy, and passive-aggressive behaviors.

With quotes from famous artists and athletes and an easy-to-understand text that gives adolescents hope, GIRLS AGAINST GIRLS is a must-have for any teenage girl and school or library collection.

Reviewed by: Kira M
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Diana Rae on November 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
I often feel as if most books about teenage girls acknowledge girl drama, but do not address it holistically. "Girls Against Girls," however, fully explains bullying and abuse among young women through cultural, sociological, and scientific explanations. The book explains brain differences between men and women, the cultural reasons for our problems, and many unexpected factors that contribute to complicated relationships. Have you ever wanted to confront someone about a problem? Have you avoided the conflict and held the anger in because you didn't want to seem unreasonably mean? That's society, coercing you to hold everything in if you want to achieve a sweet, docile image.
The book contains anecdotes and quotes from female authors and performers that support the text. The women make great points: they acknowledge that high school girl drama hurts less with time, but they also explain how to deal with it as it progresses. It's comforting to know that strong, female leaders and artists have experienced petty fights and bullying.
"Girls Against Girls" pulls its concepts together by explaining both bullying tactics and tactics for survival. For everyone who has experienced the silent treatment (yes, you), the book provides methods to eliminate and lessen the pain, but also sympathetically explains why it hurts to be ignored. "Girls Against Girls" also explains methods of cyber-bullying (a trend that most of the contributors did not experience when they were young); the text is modern without seeming cheesy or contrived.
Overall, I feel as if "Girls Against Girls" is an incredibly effective read. The author approaches it with the intention of making her work seem whole, and her goal is achieved.
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I enjoyed the information in Girls against Girls. This book is a good tool to use for parents, grandparents, teachers, and counselors to use for a basic knowledge of how girls can respond to certain situations they find themselves in. I feel the same way other readers do that there should be books for boys also more on the effects of what bullying does to a child. I am going to give this book to my adult children to read to our grandchildren.
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