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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2012
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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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2012
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
on April 7, 2012
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2012
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
on November 20, 2013
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
on July 13, 2013
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
on April 18, 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2014
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 mostly because of the anecdotes from girls in the middle school grades and just girls just through them. These were good, and real, sometimes painful to read but I wished that the author, who reminds the reader often she is NOT a trained psychologist, had been able to go a little more deeply into the issues raised. I I find myself mentioning the book to friends in a positive way but not necessarily recommending they run out and buy it. I do think I will refer back to different chapters from time to time and the takeaway of an older girl mentor, an anchor activity and helping hand are things I will help my daughter find.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2013
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. Now I know exactly what to expect and how to deal with my problems. :)
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on November 19, 2012
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 time, and the specific things that girls themselves could do to get through this stage. I also appreciated that the book was suitable for the tweens themselves to read. As a parent, you might want to read (or listen, it's available in audio, too) first, to be sure you're comfortable, but I was very comfortable letting my then 12 going on 13 year old listen to it. I think she got more out of it that way than she might have if I just told her about it, and as she's a somewhat reluctant reader, listening to it worked better for her.

It is available in audio from Post Hypnotic Press. My daughter liked the audio very much, especially all the quotes from other tweens and girls who had just been through this stage. As she put it, hearing so many other girls talking about experiences similar to some she's had really made her feel less alone, less singled out. She realized that other girls had been through the same thing. It also made her more amenable to some of the suggestions, especially around giving back and joining groups - something she was reluctant to do because she felt shy.
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