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Girls Against Girls: Why We Are Mean to Each Other and How We Can Change Paperback – February 1, 2009
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Grade 6–10—Burton's accessible text is a guide for girls who are caught up in the malicious gossiping, jealousy, and social shunning that affect so many adolescents. The author neatly outlines the issues and provides common-sense approaches to breaking the cycle of meanness, envy, and passive-aggressive behaviors, and she addresses both the victims and the mean girls themselves. The balance of narrative, white space, and illustration makes this self-help tool easy to comprehend. The well-researched text is punctuated with quotes from female artists and athletes and also includes a good resource guide to finding empowering organizations. The real challenge will be getting the book into readers' hands at the right time. Solid advice presented in an easy-to-read format.—Elaine Baran Black, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta
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“We girls can be cruel,” asserts Burton, who, with a direct tone and solid advice, puts the responsibility for change directly on the shoulders of girls themselves, asking them to look closely at their own behavior. Divided into six succinct chapters, the book begins by examining theories of why girls act the way they do, various types of common cruel behaviors, and excellent coping techniques. Later sections provide resources for addressing more serious problems and offer concrete suggestions for how to stop the cycle of female cruelty. Burton never talks down to her readers, nor does she pull her punches. Readers will respond to the author’s clear respect for the painful nature of the problem, while breezy language, such as the sections entitled “Why It Sucks” will draw girls into the practical advice. Quotes from female celebrities scattered throughout reinforce the central idea that girls need to change the mean-girl culture. A great addition for teen collections. Grades 7-10. --Lynn Rutan
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I wish I had Girls Against Girls as a reference guide when I was growing up! Sympathetically written, Bonnie Burton never talks down to her readers. You can tell that she understands today's text-loving & Facebook-surfing generation of girls. Bonnie gets straight to the point by not only offering perceptible solutions, but insight as to why mean girls do what they do.
Sadly however, Bonnie admits that mean girls don't disappear after high school. It's true. While I would absolutely buy this book for my (future) daughter, a lot of the fundamental lessons that I read apply to my life now (I'm 28). So, for all girls out there - from 11 to 92 - I'd highly recommend picking up this handy guide to dealing with (and preventing) all this unnecessary drama!
Author Bonnie Burton addresses the topic in a concise and straightforward manner. While I find it hard to believe that a teen girl would pick this book up on their own, I think that it would be a good resource for parents, teachers, and counselors to use to address the abuse that happens between girls. I believe this is a good book for parents to look at in order to gain a quick glance at some of the common problems among teenage girls today. A lot of the fighting between girls is overlooked because it is happening quietly or seen as a simple dispute between two people. It's not easy to gauge how bad the fight may be or how much damage it may be doing. In a way, guys have it easy: they yell, they punch, they forget....but women remember forever and man can they hold a grudge.
This book is a very easy and quick read as it is also eloquently and simplistically informative. If more people read this book and comprehended the message, I believe that we would see some improving civility within, not only the female gender, but, for society as a whole.
I have to say also, not only teens can benefit from this book, but really any woman of any age can gain something from this book. I found not only great advice to help me in my own life, but also some great pointers that I could give to my 9 and 6 year old daughters, now!
I recommend this book to anyone and everyone, I guaranty you will walk away from it with something that will help you in your day to day life no matter what your age or situation.