16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Unsparing (thank goodness!) and confidence-affirming,
This review is from: Body Drama: Real Girls, Real Bodies, Real Issues, Real Answers (Paperback)
My 11-year old daughter and I have both read "Body Drama" and give it a thumbs-up! I really can't think of another book I've ever read which provides such honest, grounded, phrased-in-an-unscary-way information for girls and young women. No matter what your age, from 11 (my daughter's age) on up through adulthood, I can think of dozens of ways any woman would benefit from having this book as a resource.
"Body Drama" is straightforward and pulls no punches. It's filled with real photos of real, un-airbrushed females who all look to be in their teens and 20s. I remember having questions about some of this stuff in my youth and having no earthly idea who to ask other than my other girlfriends (and often, not even them, out of sheer embarrassment!). It's written in plain, unfussy, laywoman's language. Even better is the fact that it celebrates how we're all different, instead of reinforcing the Hollywood message that how we should all conform to some weirdly skinny, weirdly plasticky "ideal."
"Body Drama" covers a lot of interesting basic stuff about girls' bodies (as the book cover says, "Shape/Skin/Down There/Boobs/Hair & Nails"). It also addresses a wide range of out-of-the-ordinary stuff, including some really eye-opening information about how models and actresses in magazines are airbrushed beyond all recognition and how the media plays such a huge role in our girls' perceptions of what a woman's body is supposed to look like.
Redd is a Harvard graduate and Miss Virginia 2003. She has done a lot of work and research with Dr. Angela Diaz, Director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, to write this book. As Dr. Diaz writes in the introduction, "By proudly presenting what real women actually look like and what women's bodies naturally go through, Body Drama takes a major stride toward eradicating the dislike and embarrassment that women have learned to feel about their bodies . . . Young women [more and more are turning to] friends or the anonymous Internet, leading to an abundance of misinformation being shared. At times, teenage circles offer shockingly erroneous advice that confounds even a basic comprehension of simple body facts . . . [Girls] too often turn to more easily digestible, but misleading, chat rooms and gossip instead of to a professional who has the knowledge and ability to help them." Preach it, sistah!
Although I can't find a recommended age range on the book, my feeling is that it would be useful to any girl who's starting to go through puberty or even just approaching that age. Be forewarned: there are some very honest photos of actual body parts.
All in all, a huge thumbs-up for this one--it's filling a general knowledge vacuum that's been there far too long.