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The author, who visited 30 schools and talked to 300 girls, catalogues chilling and heartbreaking acts of aggression, including the silent treatment, note-passing, glaring, gossiping, ganging up, fashion police, and being nice in private/mean in public. She decodes the vocabulary of these sneak attacks, explaining, for example, three ways to parse the meaning of "I'm fat."
Simmons is a gifted writer who is skilled at describing destructive patterns and prescribing clear-cut strategies for parents, teachers, and girls to resist them. "The heart of resistance is truth telling," advises Simmons. She guides readers to nurture emotional honesty in girls and to discover a language for public discussions of bullying. She offers innovative ideas for changing the dynamics of the classroom, sample dialogues for talking to daughters, and exercises for girls and their friends to explore and resolve messy feelings and conflicts head-on.
One intriguing chapter contrasts truth telling in white middle class, African-American, Latino, and working-class communities. Odd Girl Out is that rare book with the power to touch individual lives and transform the culture that constrains girls--and boys--from speaking the truth. --Barbara Mackoff --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Nothing new that hasn't been covered to death elsewhere. Writing is dry, academic, and definitely not clear. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Another avid reader
Though the anecdotal information was well presented, the stories of girls treating each other badly are not as novel or unexpected as she seems to think; the book follows an... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ecallene
This book helped me to understand how teachers are oblivious to the abuse girls suffer from other girls and why girls seemed trapped. Read morePublished 1 month ago by catherine kirby
Good book for mothers of tween daughters. Read this and learn how to deal with girl bullies.Published 1 month ago by Deborah Gold
A must read for anybody who works with or is the parent or guardian middle school and high school girls.Published 3 months ago by James Sutton
I thought it shed light on a topic I was not very aware of. I would have liked more tools to deal with different situations but found it more than adequate to help me start a... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Abby M. Felan
YOU WILL ENJOY THIS BOOK. ITS A GREAT PRODUCT. RACHEL SIMMONS IS A GREAT AUTHOR. YOU WILL ENJOY. GET YOURS TODAY.Published 5 months ago by Adora Bella's
I bought this book to help my teen process some of the behavior she sees around her - it wasn't very helpful to me as parent, and not appropriate for her. Read morePublished 6 months ago by factumpactum
The writing is exquisite, but the subject matter is gut-retching: girl aggression. I loved the way the author used language to emphasize the seriousness of what she is... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Barbara L