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Secrets: You Tell Me Yours and I'll Tell You Mine Maybe Paperback – April 2, 2010
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About the Author
Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist, is the creator of The Enchanted Self,(r) a systematic way of helping to bring more joy, meaning and purpose into our lives. Dr. Holstein has been a school psychologist for more than twenty five years. She has taught elementary school children and was an assistant professor of education at Boston University. She has been in private practice as a psychologist with her husband, Dr. Russell M. Holstein, in Long Branch, New Jersey, for over twenty five years.
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The diary begins when The Girl (there is no name given to this girl - a very smart choice in my opinion) is thirteen, has just moved to a new town, will be attending a new school, will have to make all new friends, and will be getting a new brother or sister - all at the same time. That many new situations will put a well adjusted adult into a tailspin, just imagine what it does to a girl who is still dealing with becoming a teenager. The diary covers approximately 16 months so The Girl is fourteen and in ninth grade by the end of the book.
Dr. Holstein seems to have covered just about every happening a child of this age is likely to confront and yet has done it in such a natural, low-key manner that none of the circumstances is overwhelming. The reader watches the girl as she goes from being completely alone (because, of course, family just doesn't count) to having several friends, one special best friend and a boy she really likes a lot. The family deals with a new job, the birth of a baby, the illness and death of a relative, and The Girl has her own take on each of these situations. She is also searching for God even before her parents decide to begin attending church.
I think this book is a wonderful vehicle for opening honest discussions between mothers and daughters, and it will allow each child to see that others have had the same thoughts they have. It's okay to have these feelings. When, if ever, is it okay to lie? How do you deal with your own self image? Why can't you remain a child?
A really lovely book that I plan to share with my two grandgirls when they are ready to read it. I know the suggested reading age is 9-12, but older girls can benefit from this book also, as can Moms, Grandmothers, Aunts, anybody who deals with girls going through the pleasures and pains of maturing.
I received this book for review purposes.
There are a couple of things in this book that seem a little old for my 10 year old daughter. The first book The Truth was written from the perspective of a ten year old and I’ve given that book to my daughter. I would wait another year or two before sharing this one with her.
These books would be a great tool for opening up discussions with your daughter.
Our girl has secrets that any girl or woman will understand. She's worried about making friends, about the shape of her body, about not wanting to grow up. She's ecstatic one day and maudlin the next (what thirteen-year-old isn't?). She likes a boy and hopes he likes her back. There are family secrets too: her little brother is a pest, she's NOT looking forward to the new baby her mother is expecting, and she wishes her parents would join a church so she could get to know more about God. The diary covers 16 months during which she learns a great deal about herself--and likes what she discovers.
Secrets: You Tell Me Yours and I'll Tell You Mine Maybe is the second book in the young adult Truth Series from Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein. The author is a licensed psychologist who specializes in helping her clients affirm their talents and focus on the positive elements in their lives. Her first book in the series, The Truth: I'm a Girl, I'm Smart and I Know Everything, extended this message to young people, and "Secrets" contains the same affirmations. Our young diarist expresses her creativity with poems and values special time with her mother. Her worries, while very real to her, are all surmountable with friends and family to help. There are a list of discussion questions included, but even without them, any girl will find something positive to relate to in the book.
I was going to send my copy to my grand-daughter, but I'll have to buy another one for her because mine's going in the mail to my best friend from childhood, with a few pages bookmarked. Yes, some of our old secrets are right there in the pages of the diary. Will you find traces of your own fears and joys here? You'll have to read it to find out for yourself.
Linda Bulger, 2010
This book is accessible for younger readers because it's easy to read. Tweens and young adolescents are going to nod along with what The Girl experiences. Their parents will feel wistful when they read this. I sighed when she wrote about her song- really, I thought I was the only one who had one when I was younger. Her reactions to new additions, tragedies and secrets will also ring true, even more than the pressures she feels from magazines about her body and her crushes.
Easy read with important insights.
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