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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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—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
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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 ...
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book to read for all parents of teenagers and pre-teens. Good reminder of what the sees years entail.Published 1 month ago by amy
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A great read and very informative! A must have for anyone who has a teen daughter or works with teen girls in today's culturePublished 3 months ago by Brian Mullins
It was not what I expected. I was hoping it would help my assuage my daughter's fears, however it is meant as a guide for me. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent information for tweens. I bought this for one of my granddaughters. I have read thru this prior to giving it to her. Highly recommend this book.Published 6 months ago by Sharon Stutler