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Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail Paperback – July 1, 2008
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?Danica McKellar has a message for girls: Cute and smart is better than cute and dumb.?
? The Associated Press
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? Dr. Sally Ride, first American woman in space
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Danica has written this book for such math-panicked teen girls—Danica has written this book not only to TEACH them, but to ENCOURAGE them: "You can learn this!"
The math covered in Danica's book is middle-school level—Danica presumes that the reader already knows how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide; then Danica takes the reader up through Algebra I. Danica's math is solid; and Danica's explanations, easy to understand.
But this is not your brother's math book. If you flipped through the book quickly, not reading the text, the illustrations and all the girly-handwriting would make you think that it was a book about teen fashion. The book also has chapter headings like no other math book I've seen—Chapter 7, for instance, is entitled, "Is Your Sister Trying to Cheat You Out of Your Fair Share? (Comparing Fractions)." Chapter 9, on complex fractions, starts out, "Say you're trying on an outfit for a party. You've got the dress, the shoes, and the earrings—and now you're choosing the right necklace...."
Danica also includes three "testimonials" (profiles) of young women who are successful in their careers because they've mastered math. Rather than show three nerdettes, the three women profiled are BABES.Read more ›
Will girls read it? I think so, because, unlike so many academic texts, "Math Doesn't Suck" is so much more than a study guide. Author McKellar -- yes, Winnie Cooper from "The Wonder Years" but also a summa cum laude math grad from UCLA -- combines a step-by-step approach to middle-school math concepts with lots of personal anecdotes (such as how she once struggled with particular math problems) as well as stories of how other feminine women have excelled in the subject. Also adding some insight is McKellar's 12-year-old goddaughter, Tori.
Best of all, McKellar makes her points well. Each chapter is devoted to just one topic (i.e., decimals, or factoring) and uses real-life situations (baby-sitting, shopping) that really make things easy to understand.
Overall the book's chapter titles are a little too pink-and-purple for my tastes, but then again I'm not the target audience. I'm not 13, striving to define myself while getting Paris Hilton, the Pussycat Dolls and Hooters commercials driven into my brain. Girls can be smart AND feminine? Math is for them? Say amen, somebody!
The book arrived last week, and my daughter seems to always have her nose in it. The book isn't designed to be read cover to cover, but to jump around as topics interest you. We had terrible problems last year with fractions, but after reading the section of fractions, my daughter claims that "she gets it". I have never seen my daughter excited about Math like this. If you have a middle school daughter who is struggling with the concepts, this is a must read for her.
My only complaint is that Danica hasn't written a survival guide for science yet! I am ordering a second book as a gift for the 6th grade math teacher to help with other girls who are struggling.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book. Danica puts you in real life situations and uses math to help you understand how to apply and solve math problems within these real life situations. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kim Skidmore
My 11 year old granddaughter and I are reading this together. She is getting a great review of her 4th-5th grade math, and I have learned so much from it. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Barb J
A short and sweet review....Danica McKellar's fun approach to, "dreaded" math, is very refreshing, and not intimidating. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Bella Veronica
It's been a long time since I worked on math. This book has given me the tools that I need to help my children as they enter the age of multiplication and fractions. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Happypace
My daughter loves Danica's books and requested them to use for study and to brush up on her math skills before she starts college.Published 3 months ago by Tractor Spa
I bought this book for my grand daughters in middle school. Well written and I THINK they even read it!Published 3 months ago by Donna Becker
This is the best math book I've ever seen. Danica has a way of illustrating concepts that make them comprehensible.Published 3 months ago by JON KING