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The Drama Years: Real Girls Talk About Surviving Middle School -- Bullies, Brands, Body Image, and More Paperback – April 3, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; 1 edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451627912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451627916
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

Haley Kilpatrick started Girl Talk, a program to help middle school girls deal with the pressures and anxieties of being a young teen. Haley graduated from Kennesaw State University with her B.S. in communication. She travels the country speaking and motivating youth, teachers, and administrators on the importance of mentoring.
Whitney Joiner is a former features editor at Seventeen and has contributed to a number of newspapers and magazines, including Teen Vogue, Glamour, Redbook, The New York Times, TIME, and more.

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Customer Reviews

This was an amazing book for anyone who is a middle school parent or educator.
Bob M.
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.
Lodro
It made me realize what I could have done better and in a different way with my daughter.
Debra S. Lentz

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lodro on April 4, 2012
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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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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By sueque on October 25, 2012
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hammering on April 7, 2012
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eliza on May 23, 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mama Mia on 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By nvanpelt on July 13, 2013
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Watching my own young daughter struggle with the harsh nature of tween years has been my least favorable time as a parent.

I will be taking this amazing resource to camp with my daughter and friends from our church this summer to share portions of it and show them how they are NOT alone in this very difficult season of their growing up years.

There isn't enough space here to adequately convey why you should read this book, but if you are the kind of parent who hurts when your children hurt, then that's all you need to know.... buy it, read it, and pay it forward!

You won't regret it, and your daughter will receive blessings to help her through this time!

Nancy,
Jacksonville, FL
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pam on September 5, 2013
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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 By BCheek on April 18, 2012
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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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