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The Drama Years: Real Girls Talk About Surviving Middle School -- Bullies, Brands, Body Image, and More [Kindle Edition]

Haley Kilpatrick , Whitney Joiner
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Today’s middle school girls have it rough.

In a few short years, they go through an incredible number of biological and emotional changes, making this the most formative—and riskiest—time in their lives. Groups turn on each other, a trusted childhood friend can reveal secrets by sending a text message or updating a Facebook status, and deciding where to sit in the cafeteria can be a daily struggle. As any tween will tell you, life for a middle school girl can be summed up in one word: drama.

Haley Kilpatrick’s own turbulent middle school experience inspired Girl Talk, a nonprofit organization in which high school mentors offer a “just been there” perspective to tween girls, helping them build self-esteem and develop leadership skills. Here, Haley delivers the definitive guidebook, packed with anecdotes from real girls around the country, who offer their insight into why her friends’ approval is suddenly vitally important, why she feels pressured to be perfect, why she’s no longer telling her parents everything, and what three vital things adults can offer to the girls in their lives to downplay the drama.

Filled with practical strategies from tweens and teen mentors to help adults understand what girls today are facing, The Drama Years is a must-read for anyone struggling to help girls navigate the often difficult transition into adolescence.


Editorial Reviews

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The Drama Years is a great overall primer for anyone with a young teen girl in her life. And the girls will love reading it too! I will highly recommend it to the parents, teachers, and girls I work with.”

—Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes

"Pre-teen years are so tough for girls, and adults often aren't sure how best to help. Thankfully, we have the middle school and high school girls who share their hearts and minds in these pages to guide us, telling parents exactly what will help them survive The Drama Years."

—Julie Foudy, former captain US Women's Soccer Team and Founder of Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy

The Drama Years is a wonderful, compassionate and extremely helpful book. It is a must for any parent with a middle school age daughter. Haley Kilpatrick tells it exactly – word for word – as it is. She understands what they are going through, and she gives truly helpful and specific advice. The book is upbeat while at the same time it deals with all of the toughest issues that young teenage girls must face. All parents of young teen girls will love it.”

—Anthony E. Wolf, Ph.D., author of Get Out of My Life, But First Could You Drive Me & Cheryl to the Mall?

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The Drama Years is a great overall primer for anyone with a young teen girl in her life. And the girls will love reading it too! I will highly recommend it to the parents, teachers, and girls I work with.”

—Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes

The Drama Years is a wonderful, compassionate, and extremely helpful book. It is a must for any parent with a middle-school-age daughter. Haley Kilpatrick tells it exactly – word for word – as it is. She understands what they are going through, and she gives truly helpful and specific advice. The book is upbeat while at the same time it deals with all of the toughest issues that young teenage girls must face. All parents of young teen girls will love it.”

—Anthony E. Wolf, Ph.D., author of Get Out of My Life, But First Could You Drive Me & Cheryl to the Mall?

“Even the closest of parent-child relationships can benefit from this book. The more we listen, the more we help to raise a generation of self-empowered, confident women.”

—Lucy Danziger, SELF Magazine editor-in-chief and author of The Drop 10 Diet and The Nine Rooms of Happiness

The Drama Years is filled with heart-stirring stories, just-been-there advice from recent teens, and practical, actionable tips for parents. It's full of real girls talking about everything from stress and body image to love and materialism. Reading this book, I cringed in recognition of my own drama years, just wishing this book had been around back then and so grateful I'll have it as a guide for my own daughter.”

—Melissa Walker, cofounder of I Heart Daily and author of Small Town Sinners

“A must-read for any parent struggling to understand her tween daughter and all the ‘drama’ in her life. Haley Kilpatrick tells it from a girl's perspective with real solutions for grownups.”

—Chandra Turner, executive editor, Parents magazine

"Pre-teen years are so tough for girls, and adults often aren't sure how best to help. Thankfully, we have the middle school and high school girls who share their hearts and minds in these pages to guide us, telling parents exactly what will help them survive The Drama Years."

—Julie Foudy, former captain US Women's Soccer Team and Founder of Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy


Product Details

  • File Size: 2916 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00BJRF72O
  • Publisher: Free Press; 1 edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GG0J86
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,316 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read April 4, 2012
By Lodro
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I just received this book today and upon first read, I'm blown away. The authors clearly have taken the time to deeply sympathize with the young women they have spoken with, and are telling incredible stories using their voices. I myself was never a middle school girl (I'm male), but I feel like I have been given insight into that painful, awkward world not just through these wonderfully articulate authors but perhaps more importantly, the words of these young women themselves.

With insightful yet heart-breaking quotes from the tweens and teens ("Every girl in this school wants to be someone else") I got a sense that middle school has become much harder than when I was a kid. I don't think the term "frenemy" even existed then and you certainly couldn't google "how to kiss"! The good news is that the girls (and the authors) give practical advice for how to help your daughter through this difficult period of her life. A great read.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars dumbing down of america October 25, 2012
By sueque
Format:Audible Audio Edition
I applaud the author for her work with young girls.
As someone who came through the US public school system in the early 80's I know how painful it can be and I think the initiative of this foundation is excellent.
Setting up meetings and big-sister type relationships amongst girls having bullying problems, is a great idea and probably works very well in the field.
However the translation into this book is rather disappointing.
The author spends a disproportionate amount of time discussing her own situation (she is not a mother just a young woman who came through school with the typical bullying girl meanness history many of us had).
The quotes from girls in the field are somehow empty, superficial, hollow and bland... I realize this is how these girls express themselves and the quotes are sincere and unabridged but I came away with a sense of embarrassment.
I wanted a book with specific tips and tricks for helping my daughter stand up for herself, when faced with a mean group of girls in her swimming team.
This was not the book that provided any real answers to me, besides 1) trying to find an older "big-sister" figure she could talk to, (2) doing community service so she realizes others are less fortunate than herself ...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read !! April 7, 2012
Format:Paperback
I am the father of a sixth grade girl just starting into these years and needed some extra guidance on this subject. I must say that Haley provides not only the answers to the questions I had; but also covers areas that I had not thought about myself. The book is a must read for anyone who has a daughter dealing with these sometimes difficult times in her life. I thoroughly enjoyed the authors real life experiences and could not put the book down, finding it fascinating to hear "dead on" what she is currently going through in her life. Loved It!!! 5 Stars*****
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, even for actual middle schoolers! May 23, 2012
By Eliza
Format:Kindle Edition
I am an actual middle schooler.The book gave me loads of advice!The sad thing was I read most of it in the summer.It had more detailed explainations that other books.I (and most pre-teens) could not talk about our lives ,like the author does in Girl Talk.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great personal stories but not enough advice November 20, 2013
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The personal stories and view points of the girls are great. However, the author really does not have much advice to give. It boils down to: have an activity that you love, do volunteer work, and get an older-girl mentor. She rehashes these things so many times that it gets annoying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect for middle school September 5, 2013
By Pam
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My daughter was terrified to enter middle school. This helped ease her in and realize she didn't have to be so worried. Every middle school girl should get this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 year old loved it February 12, 2013
By bbbhand
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I am just now reading it but my 10 year old devoured the book- in a day or two so I guess that it was good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book/Great Tool April 18, 2012
By BCheek
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I just finished The Drama Years and consider it to be a must read for students, parents, youth leaders and any one else who interacts with middle school girls on a regular basis. It is not only full of the real stuff that makes the middle school years "The Drama Years" but it also offers practical advice as well as actions that could be very effective in managing the storms of that short but very powerful period of a girl's life. Parents: buy for your elementary age student and read together then reread in middle school! Youth Leaders with a focus on "kindness, authenticity, and humility", The Drama Years would be a great study for mid-hi small groups. And I would think this book would be an excellent tool for middle school teachers. It certainly would serve as a reminder of what at least some of their student population is experiencing and perhaps what obstacles there maybe to concepts being learned. I don't know whether or not there is a comparable book for middle school boys but there should be!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
My daughter is on the cusp of the "Drama Years" and I am not looking forward to it! I bought this book (kindle version) after reading reviews on a lot of similar titles... Read more
Published 3 months ago by KAP
5.0 out of 5 stars some solid advice
Solid advice for both the young teen , parents and grandparents! Worth having on the shelves for those drama moments!
Published 4 months ago by Jan, the Reading Teacher
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book...
Decent book. A good read for a teen that needs to understand others are facing some of the same issues in their lives as well.
Published 6 months ago by CDL
5.0 out of 5 stars Helped Me Get Started
I was in the process of starting a Life Skills/Mentoring Business for young girls and I just so happened to be watching TV and this book came on. Read more
Published 6 months ago by NaturalPearlGirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Right For What to Expect
Im a seventh grader at the Fontier Middle school, and I know this book was obviously ment for parents, but it has definitely helped with my middle school years. Read more
Published 7 months ago by MBscoobylove
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for parents
This is a great book to understand the everyday life of today's girls and the struggles at school and fitting in.
Published 8 months ago by Mom of three girls
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for anyone with tweens
So glad to have found something that says all the things I think and worry about for my tween. I am actually hoping to start my own girl talk chapter!!!
Published 9 months ago by missj
5.0 out of 5 stars Every parent "must read" and you will HELP your daughters by doing so!
Watching my own young daughter struggle with the harsh nature of tween years has been my least favorable time as a parent. Read more
Published 12 months ago by nvanpelt
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Middle School Book
This was an amazing book for anyone who is a middle school parent or educator. I am suggesting this book as a book study group at my school. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Bob M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Girl Tween Survival Manual
Haley Kilpatrick's book delivers what it promises, and more. I liked her very specific recommendations on what parents could do to help their girls through this very challenging... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Carlyn
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