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Mean Chicks, Cliques, And Dirty Tricks: A Real Girl's Guide to Getting Through the Day with Smarts and Style Paperback – January 1, 2004

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About the Author

Erika V. Shearin Karres, EdD is an award-winning educator, speaker, and author. She taught in the public schools of North Carolina and on the college level as an assistant professor for thirty-five years. "Dr. Erika" received a BA in education, a MEd, and an EdD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of the first edition of Mean Chicks, Cliques, and Dirty Tricks; Violence Proof Your Kids Now; Crushes, Flirts, and Friends; Fab Friends and Best Buds; The Everything Parents' Guide to Raising Girls; and the memoir A German Tale: A Girl Surviving Hitler's Legacy. Her latest book is 121 Strategies for Bully Proofing Your School.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media; 1 edition (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580629334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580629331
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Please don't let anyone get in your way!" So starts Erika V. Shearin Karres' book MEAN CHICKS, CLIQUES, AND DIRTY TRICKS. This is some of the best advice you will find, but doesn't even compare to the rest of the advice that Ms. Karres gives throughout this book.
Part of being a girl is getting used to the "in" crowd, snobs, bullies, teasing, cliques, gossip, backstabbing, and more, whether during school hours, or on your own time. It is the one thing that makes being a female extremely tough, and easily compares girls to wild animals fighting over the tiniest thing.
Split up into 10 Chapters, MEAN CHICKS breaks female predators down into various groups, and writes about each separately. Chapters on The Bully, The Snob, The Gossip, The Traitor, The Teaser, and so on, feature quotes from young girls who have been bullied in the past (this feature alone will have tweens and teens interested in this book, as they feel as if they are being spoken to by their peers, as opposed to a parent/teacher/guardian), stories about girls who have overcome bullies, quizzes, resources, and an all around survival guide to help tweens, teens, and their parents deal with the problem civilly.
As someone who has been bullied non-stop in the past, I found this book to be extremely empowering, yet uplifting at the same time. I even starting crying a few times when reading the true stories from girls who have been bullied, as I could relate to them so well. Ms. Karres' breakdown of each type of girl is entirely accurate, and will have readers nodding their head in agreement with her comments about The Bully, Traitor, and so on. Parents with a tween/teen girl who is being bullied should definitely purchase this book, as it will be a helpful guide for both YOU and your child. Don't miss MEAN CHICKS, as it is a necessity.
Erika Sorocco
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I have a daughter on the cusp of middle school, when the girls are just starting to get into the familiar patterns of female-to-female relational aggression so common at that stage. I ordered this book figuring perhaps it would be a good resource for her for dealing with some of these issues. I have read several books for adults that deal with these issues ("Reviving Ophelia," "Odd Girl Out," "Queen Bees and Wannabes" and such), but they tend to lack practical advice for the girls in the midst of these things.

This book is geared, instead, toward the girl facing this world on a daily basis. Overall, I think it's a decent resource, with a description of the behaviors a girl is likely to encounter, advice for how to deal with them, quizzes, examples of how other girl dealt with things...

There were, though, some things that keep me from giving this book a better rating. I think the suggestions were pretty simplistic, and while not as bad as simply saying "ignore them and eventually they'll leave them alone," they didn't really go into the REAL consequences of taking some of the recommended stands from the book. The author makes it sound as if once a girl rattles off a speech from the book, the "mean chicks" will leave her alone... which isn't quite the reality most of us have encountered. I'm not saying any of it is bad advice, I just think it paints a rosy picture of how quickly and easily these things work.

Another thing that bothered me was how much time was spent on excusing the offending girls' behaviors. The gossip should be embraced for her exceptional story telling skills, the bully should be pitied because she's probably being bullied at home, and so on.
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By Carol on January 17, 2005
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This book was awesome!! It put everything that happens at school into perspective for other people. I even did a book report for English on this book. So I decided to include part of it in this review, on this book in which I highly recommend:

One of her most inspiring books is Mean Chicks, Cliques, and Dirty Tricks. In this book, Dr. Erika explains how cruel young women are to each other. Her audience is mainly geared for middle or high school girls. She describes the stereotypes of most "mean chicks" of every school and ways to handle their behavior. She also uses several forms of sarcasm such as when she is mentioning how to deal with a "teaser." After someone has been teasing you, Dr. Erika's advises you to "record on paper what's being said, word for word, and by whom, when, and where. When someone asks `What're you doing?' you reply, `I'm documenting what's going on. Just in case this ends up in court. My dad says, `You always have to have the facts first.'" Her sense of humor continues as she writes about stereotyping people in which "Labels are for soup cans and sunscreens, not for people." Dr. Erika also includes references from other fields such as science. She labels different cliques as "alpha," "beta," and "gamma." Her friendly tone creates a more personal relationship between the reader and the author. The novel is full of motivating quotes and stories made by young girls who are spreading kindness to our society. Dr. Erika also includes fun filled quizzes so readers can find where they stand with the "mean chicks" and how to make situations better.
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