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Carol Weston, author of Girltalk: All the Stuff Your Sister Never Told You and For Girls Only: Wise Words, Good Advice, and columnist for Girl's Life magazine, gets personal again with Private and Personal. The book is aptly dedicated to "every girl who thought she was alone"; Weston responds to hundreds of letters from girls who are struggling with questions they can't bear to ask anyone else.

"All my friends' breasts are developing faster than mine. I'm kind of jealous." "I'm not popular and I don't get it because I do what all the cool girls do." "I am totally in love with my best friend's boyfriend and I think he likes me, too." "I think I might be a lesbian." "I need help with my dad. It seems we hardly go a day without fighting." Weston's refreshingly upbeat, down-to-earth, sympathetic, and understanding answers are sure to satisfy even the most desperate of preteens and teens. She never veers off course in her effort to encourage kids to be healthy, smart, and true to themselves and others. Without a doubt, every 11- to 16-year-old girl should find answers to at least one question (if not 20 or 100) she has wondered about. The book is handily divided into categories: "Oh Me Oh My" (self-esteem, finding out who you are), "Let's Get Physical" (body image, periods, eating well, etc.), "Friendship Frustrations," "The Whole Boyfriend Thing," and "Family Matters." Start at the beginning or open up randomly--either way, just wade right in! (Ages 11 to 16) --Emilie Coulter

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Grade 5-8-Weston has compiled questions and answers from 15 years worth of her "Help!" column in Girls' Life magazine. Though the "frequently-asked-questions" style can be dry and one-dimensional, the author creates an atmosphere of chatting with a close friend over cocoa. Issues such as nutrition, family problems, skin care, periods, worry and depression, friendships, and boyfriends are addressed in an easy, approachable style. The author writes to her audience for the purpose of encouragement, building self-esteem, and offering basic advice on growing up in our times. A solid, serviceable addition.
Kim Harris, Newman Riga Library, Churchville, NY
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 347 pages
  • Publisher: HarperColl (April 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380810255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380810253
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,729,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

The New York Times Book Review calls AVA AND PIP "a love letter to language," and I hope you like this new series too. It's the diary of a good kid who does a bad thing. The sequel, AVA AND TACO CAT, is coming out in April.
Twenty years! That's how long I've been "Dear Carol" at Girls' Life. Newsweek called me a "Teen Dear Abby." I'm also a mom and a French/Spanish comp lit major at Yale with an M.A. from Middlebury. My website is carolweston.com and my advice channel is youtube.com/girltalkwithcarol.
GIRLTALK: All the Stuff Your Sister Never Told You, my first book, (HarperCollins), has been translated into 12 languages. Now in a fourth edition, it's as sensible, encouraging, and "outstanding" (SLJ) as ever. Among my other 14 books is The Diary of Melanie Martin (Knopf), a novel about a fourth grader and her brother Matt the Brat. In the series, the kids visit Italy, Spain, Holland, and NYC with their art teacher mom. Coming up: The Speed of Life.
It's such a privilege to write for young people!


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kyla Brennan on May 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
I found Private and Personal, by Carol Weston, to be a very lively, engaging book for girls. It offers sensible advice to questions that a lot of girls would not feel comfortable asking anyone else. I would definitely recommend this book to any girls who need a good humored, solid voice of reason in their lives.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Ganon on April 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
The book is set up as questions from readers and answers from Carol. Many of the questions were questions I have. The answers were well-thought-out and helpful. They helped me to understand things I was too embarrassed to ask my Mom, and I definitely recommend this book to any teenager.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is full of questions that I had but was too embarrassed to ask anyone. When I got the book for my birthday, I read the whole thing through but now I usually just reread certain parts, like if I'm having trouble with a friend or guy or something. It's as if Carol Weston is a mindreader! I like her magazine column too.
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