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Supergirls Speak Out: Inside the Secret Crisis of Overachieving Girls Paperback – March 3, 2009
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The editing is sloppy, and although there are a few places where Liz Funk absolutely shines, she pisses me off too often to redeem herself. I have hesitated to publicly write anything negative about this book, because the author herself has published articles on how wrong and mean it is to criticize a writer online - but I feel like this book deals with such an important topic so poorly that I can't be silent, plus, hey, I love talking about literature.Read more ›
Boy, was I wrong.
Within the first few pages, I had to remind myself that the author was only 19 at the time of writing it, so perhaps she didn't have the most developed perspective on the "Supegirls" issue. Perhaps I misunderstood her definition of "Supergirls." She gets one thing right: that people need to learn to enjoy their lives and not succumb to society's pressures to be perfect. A good lesson for anyone. However, when she began overgeneralizing "Supergirls" as needing to juggle perfect social calendars and being seen at all the right club scenes, I flipped. This is ridiculous. Never have I met a true, over-achieving "Supergirl" who would ever waste her time primping for the male gaze and bar-hopping or wasting a night on the town. True "Supergirls" would be embarrassed to be seen at such vapid venues.Read more ›
They're the high school class president with the constantly shiny hair who applied to over twenty Ivy League schools and always brings homemade goods to every bake sale. They're the college girl involved in a million clubs who shows up five minutes before the 8 a.m. class with no signs of her late night out, followed by many more hours of studying. They're the gotta-have-it-all twenty-something who busted her butt in college and is already on the same level as women ten years older in her field.
They're any girl who has packed her schedule, keeping herself busy with volunteer activities, who always manages to look perfect, regardless of how tired, stressed, or anxious she feels.
This is the plight of the Supergirls, the slew of young women who have decided that nothing short of perfection will do. By following the stories of five overachievers from different walks of life, and interviewing almost a hundred more, this book examines the lives of these girls to find out why they feel this need for perfection, and what they can possibly do to avoid the eventual burnout.
This book disappointed me by placing most of the blame on faceless entities such as "societal conditioning," rather than offering more concrete advice to young women who may be stuck in this harmful cycle of achievement and compliment addiction. Regardless, the stories in this book were an interesting foray into the psyche of a population that is often stereotyped and ignored, for the simple reason that "they have it all; how can anything be wrong in their lives?"
Reviewed by: Allison Fraclose
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Fantastic read for girls (15-29) who know what they want and work for what they want. I'm buying a copy for all of the highly motivated young women in my family.Published 7 months ago by msu4neeti
First off, her advice to apply to no more than eight schools is flawed. There is an element of luck in the process because so many highly qualified applicants apply. Read morePublished on April 14, 2011 by LW
This book is rushed, superficial and slight. Funk says proudly she managed to get this published by the time she was 20--she should have waited a few years, revised it... Read morePublished on April 4, 2011 by lalydia
Liz Funk's masterpiece "Supergirls Speak Out" is incredibly insightful, delving into the lives of so many teenage girls and young women as they experience all the pressures of... Read morePublished on May 28, 2010 by Claire Danielson
Reading has always been my escape - my way to relax and head off to another world. That being said, I tend to look for works that inspire me or make me feel something while still... Read morePublished on April 9, 2010 by KTucker
I am so moved by this incredible book. I just wish I had written it! But I doubt I could've written as well as Funk anyways. Read morePublished on February 17, 2010 by kef
Supergirls... ended up being a book that surprisingly drew me in right away. Normally I only read fiction, and mostly chick lit at that, but Supergirls was great. Read morePublished on October 28, 2009 by K. Oczypok
Supergirls Speak Out is a well-researched look not only at the pressure girls experience to be "perfect" but also at what can be done about it. Read morePublished on October 22, 2009 by Reader from Arlington, VA