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The Truth: I'm a Girl, I'm Smart and I Know Everything Paperback – January 1, 2008

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A very slim, diary-like book, The Truth (I'm a Girl, I'm Smart and I Know Everything) is the sort of book that appeals to girls and grown women alike. It is sweet and somewhat sadly nostalgic. Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein lays out this story in the form of a young girl s diary, with all the high emotions, fears and joys of that time of life. It brings us back to remembering small happinesses, allowing them to make us glow - instead of steeping the all-importance of bills, chores and work. This is a very different kind of self-help book. Each page is dated and begins with the expected Dear Diary.... Each page offers an insight or a note of something to remember for when she is an adult. The Girl, whose life we get to peek in on, begins with an entry on September 20th, after a foreword scratched into the first page of the book: ....This is the real truth. This is where I will write everything I don t want to forget, starting tomorrow! She writes her fears about growing up, the physical and emotional realities she faces. She writes of her confusion and pain as her parents fight. She writes about her first crush, of being in love for the first time with a boy named Paul, whose name is doodled in her diary in a little heart. It is an almost daily commentary in a painfully familiar and immature voice about the things that we, as adults, have forgotten really do matter. Right from the beginning are big truths that can bottom out an adult heart. The sincerity and simple reality of the statements cannot be ignored. I hate my mother sometimes. I finally asked her how I will know when I need a bra? She just walked back into the kitchen saying, 'You re too young. You should be out playing or doing chores.' I shouldn t have bothered. It seems that too often the important questions of life are brushed off for any number of reasons. Reading the frustrations of this one girl, we can be reminded that regardless of the answers, the questioners deserve attention and respect. Simpler truths are laid out as well: The truth is people shouldn t make fun of you. It really hurts. and If you feel pretty, then you look pretty. These are little things in life that can have a profound effect on how we live on a daily basis, and big things we can teach to encourage our girls as they grow from child to woman. The sheer veracity and real importance of the youthful feelings in The Truth cannot be denied. It should be woven into every girl s world, whether she is just beginning in life or being reminded when she is much older. From personal experience, it is also a wonderful book for mothers and daughters to share. --Carolynn Evans-2008 for curled up with a good kids book

About the Author

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein is the originator of The Enchanted Self. She has been a positive psychologist in private practice and licensed in the states of New Jersey and Massachusetts since 1981. Dr. Barbara speaks regularly on radio programs around the country, and appears on television in New York and New Jersey. Her inspiring audio shows and podcasts can be found on her website. Her show Happiness, For Women Only is drawing thousands of listeners each week. She is in private practice in Long Branch, New Jersey with her husband, Dr. Russell M. Holstein.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: The Enchanted Self Press (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979895200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979895203
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #660,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

From teens, right into womanhood. I have been a positive psychologist in private practice for over twenty five years. In the course of working with my clients, I originated the idea of THE ENCHANTED SELF, a positive psychology therapy where I teach people how to recognize and utilize their strengths, talents, skills and even lost potential.

I teach and educate about happiness and how to benefit from positive psychology in ways that let us lead lives of meaning and happiness. Thank you for stopping by. -Dr Barbara

You can find me on
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304 of 321 people found the following review helpful By HS on September 4, 2009
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I have to tell you - after reading all the 5 star reviews, I thought 'I need to order this for my 12 year old' WRONG !! I gave her this book, and a short time after she came to me very upset and distraught, wondering why I would give her such trash to read ! I began to look at the book thoroughly, and have to agree. She said, 'who thinks like this ?' I don't know of any girls in that age category who are gaga over guys, obsessed with having a boy friend, etc. I guess if you don't mind your child reading things such as (p.40 for instance) "I still watch Paul all the time. I am still sure this is love. I imagine us together, swimming naked in a pool and then hugging and kissing...'

Sorry but not all girls in this age category care to read dumbed down books. Totally inappropriate. My daughter was really upset and wants to send this book back to amazon for a refund, I have to agree. Don't believe all the hype here - there are PLENTY of high quality books that deal with growing up. Save your money, and do your research before buying this trash.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By RCO on June 18, 2009
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I bought this book based on uniformly glowing reviews. Both I and my 10 year old daughter find the writing very stilted - an adult trying to write like a 10 year old which, in this case, is very off-putting and artificial. While the topics of the diary entries are certainly those which would interest a girl of this age, each one ends with some supposed pearl of wisdom that is, in most cases, facile and insulting even to the 10 year olds. One particularly silly entry that comes to mind is the one where the writer comments on adults who swear as a serious threat to "making the world a beautiful place." My 10 year old really laughed at that. In fairness, other entries are somewhat better but overall the book is a disappointment. Ten year old girls are more intelligent than this.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Pauline Wallin on May 16, 2008
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The Truth is written from the perspective of a young girl who lived decades ago - before cell phones, before the Internet and other technological advances. Yet it has timeless appeal.

As you'll experience from reading this fictitious diary, the hopes, dreams and fears of today's preteens have not changed much from those of their grandmothers.

This book is a great gift for any age.

Pauline Wallin, Ph.D.
Author: "Taming Your Inner Brat: A Guide for Transforming Self-defeating Behavior"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LadyD on December 16, 2009
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I liked the book "The Truth". It's a cute book and I enjoyed reading the secret diary of a ten year old girl. At times I chuckled out loud remembering that the author's chosen words describing the girls feelings were my feelings exactly. So what makes this a winning book is the universal connection of putting feelings into words that all girls and grown up girls can relate to. I believe the author did a superb job in this being her main focus. In today's world, girls are in need of knowing how much they are loved through all the emotional and physical changes they endure. For all the princesses out there, this is a great book for self awareness, self acceptance and good self esteem. The Truth (I'm a girl, I'm smart and I know everything) is a light, easy read. **** stars. The only thing I didn't like about the book was the small size of the font and words typed above dotted lines made it more difficult to read for me.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Brennan on November 10, 2008
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to both mothers and daughters. As I was reading, I was reminded both of what I thought about as a pre-teen girl but also about my daughter was like at that time in her life. Sometimes parents think that they have an open and honest relationship with their children but reading this book made me think that parents do not always give their children a chance to tell them what THEY are thinking. This book also made me a little nostalgic for the times when diaries and journals were important vehicles for self-expression.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on August 29, 2008
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This is a very short little book that delivers a big punch.

It is written in the form of a diary. The writer is a 12-year-old girl in an era before the big technology boom. There are no cell phones or computers. It reminded me of when I grew up.

But the questions and the observations that "the girl" writes about are just as timely today. Subjects such as when will I get my first bra? Does a certain boy love me as much as I love him? Why can't my parents get along? It has many truths that I believe if we all followed them the world would be a lot better off.

At the back of the book there are questions that the author, who happens to be a psychologist, wrote directed to the kids who read this book. These questions could also be used by a mother/daughter team reading this book together. They have a lot of depth and could make talking to each other a little easier.

After reading THE TRUTH (I'M A GIRL, I'M SMART, AND I KNOW EVERYTHING), I learned to remember to make all of my kids in my class feel more welcome. I can do this by not ever picking athletic teams and by not belittling questions asked. I already knew this but sometimes a little reminding is good, especially when it is right before a new school year.

All in all, a very pleasant read.

Reviewed by: Marta Morrison
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