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Initial post: Oct 10, 2008, 8:57:07 PM PDT
C. hansen says:
I'm trying to find books for my 14 year-old sister. She is going through a really difficult time right now and needs more guidance and support than I can offer. I was looking at Catherine Dee's A Girl's Guide to life, but it seemed to be geared toward younger girls and, from what I read, didn't deal with really difficult issues. Does anyone have any advice? Please:)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2008, 5:43:13 AM PDT
DMC says:
I'm not sure if this is the kind of thing you are looking for but you can check out the Switcher series by Diane Mayer Christiansen ( It's a fantasy book about a girl struggling to accept herself when everyone around her says she doesn't fit in. The message is about self acceptance and dealing with struggles but it is a fantasy book. Check out the reviews at amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2008, 5:52:06 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2008, 5:09:40 PM PDT
Not to shamelessly promote my book or anything, but your sis sounds like she could use The Empowered Gal's 9 Life Lessons. It's for ages 11-17 specifically and it's full of big sis style tips and advice covering everything teen-girl related. It's avaliable on Amazon, but if you hop over to my site ( you can read a sample, check out the TOC, and get some fun free downloads. Anyway, hope that helps! Wish her the best from me,

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2008, 3:00:23 PM PDT
The book THE HOUSE WITH DIRT WALLS speaks to the journey of a young woman to over come very dificult issues in her life... she does overcome the issues and learns to continue to empower herself dispite the fact that the people in her life who created the issues are still very much present in her life.... it is the first in a series of books and soon to be TV drama geared towards empowering young women...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2008, 2:46:08 PM PST
One of the most empowering YA novels I've ever read is "Honey, Baby, Sweetheart" by Deb Caletti. I give this book to all my female friends, no matter their age. The main character is 15-year-old Ruby McQueen who seeks to fill her life with meaning and adventure by hanging out with a bad boy. Even though she ends up hurting herself and others, she is addicted to the relationship and doesn't know how to disentangle herself.
I don't know what issues your sister is dealing with, but in essence this book is about a young girl learning the hard way to love and value herself and make healthy choices for her life.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2008, 5:16:43 PM PST
K. Dersch says:
What exactly is she struggling with? I liked Stargirl about a girl who is very weird who makes an impact on the school when she refuses to give up who she is in high school. I also liked Speak about a girl who got raped and is shy and withdrawn as she called the cops and broke up the party and has been blamed by her classmates and the process she goes through to learn to talk about the crime and her feelings (sorry if I spoiled the ending). I also liked Skin, which is about feeling ugly and trying to fit in, and deals with the issues of being black (although I think anyone could relate). If I knew more about her, I could probably give better suggestions. I think any teenager should be given an age appropriate body guide. A recent one that looks good is Body Drama: Real Girls, Real Bodies, Real Issues, Real Answers. Its at least updated from the standby Our Bodies, Our Selves. I wish I had an older sibling who had given me something like that, and would steal the my moms copy of Our Bodies, Our Self when I was home alone on occasion.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2008, 6:35:36 PM PST
Kate Coombs says:
Sarah Dessen's books are about girls who struggle with different things--they have a lot of heart and hope without being too preachy. My favorite one is The Truth about Forever, but Just Listen and This Lullaby are good, and there are others. The newest is Lock and Key. I think models in fiction are more powerful than a self-help book--the girl can relate and feel like those heroines are her friends in a way. Of course, it also depends on her taste.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2008, 8:13:25 AM PST
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Check out "Foolish Virgin." It's a good story for teens with informative information.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2008, 10:21:53 AM PST
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn is excellent! Have her check it out.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2008, 12:21:59 PM PST
As a psychologist I really know how much support and guidance girls, tweens and teens need. No one of us can offer enough support for any one gal. That's one reason my new book, The Truth (I'm a girl, I'm smart and I know everything) is helping so many kids and teens. Instead of 'getting' advise, you relate to the main character in the book and get infused with her wisdom lessons, many of which she intuits for herself. This gives the reader courage to hold on the to the best of herself as she grows up. Please send your sister to for other information about staying wise and true to ourselves as we grow up. Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2008, 7:16:53 PM PST
Marv Rosen says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2008, 8:07:37 AM PST
orinda says:
Try "Choices" by Kate Buckley...very empowering and thought provoking for 14 year olds....

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2008, 9:40:47 AM PST
Christy Wood says:
There's a new one out now that might be good for her - it's called Ariel's Journey - it's the story of 5 girls that don't get along so well - they take a trail ride on their Icelandic Horses and end up in Iceland 800 years ago - it's a cool adventure of how they have to work together to save a princess and help the people. Plus, they learn a lot about themselves and "fitting in". You might check it out. I also hope things improve for her - I know how intense things can be at that age. Best to her and to you for wanting to help her out and make things better.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2008, 12:00:50 AM PST
C. hansen says:
Thank you all for your help! I have quite the selection of books for my sisters this Christmas.
Thanks again and Happy Holidays :)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2009, 7:01:38 PM PDT
Diana says:
Check out Mythikas Island Book One: Diana by Diana Hurwitz, the book is available on Amazon. It is the first in a four-book YA series. Four Girls, One Island,
No Second Chances. It is 3500 BC and Sixteen-year-old Diana is forced to go on a survival challenge on a deserted island with her hated half-sister Athena, and cousins
Perspehone, granddaughter of a mysterious healer and Aphrodite, spoiled daughter of Poseidon. Can they prove they have what it takes to lead in a world where only
the strong survive. The characters all have personal stuff to work through while struggling to survive on their own. For ages 10 to 18, though adult fans love it too. Book 2: Persephone comes out later this year. Book 3: Aphrodite and Book 4 Athena will be released in 2010.
There is a video trailer on You Tube or visit the author's website for more information on the series.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2009, 12:14:46 PM PDT
Ann Gonzalez says:
C debut novel, Running for My Life, is about a 14 year-old girl with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The girl, Andrea McKane, is in therapy and is being helped by her father, therapist and friends. She developed PTSD after being attacked by her schizophrenic mother. It sounds depressing, but actually it's a hopeful story.

Posted on May 1, 2009, 7:12:56 AM PDT
Hi, I know you posted this a while ago, but since the thread is still active, I'll tell you about my book as well. "You Don't Have to Learn Everything the Hard Way" is a self help book for teens and addresses the issues that so many teens are going through. It's supportive and like a letter. You or your sister can read some chapters on my website or right here on Amazon in the "inside the book" link on the book's page.

I really liked Dave Pelzer's book "Help Yourself for Teens" as well. He's been through a LOT and has a lot of great wisdom.

Good for you for wanting to help her out. I hope you've found what you were looking for and that your sister is getting what she needs. If you're reading all these posts, maybe you can share what you found and if it worked out.

Best blessings!

Posted on May 1, 2009, 3:55:37 PM PDT
Nick Brass says:
Not to get away from self-help type books, but sometimes they just need inspiration. I'd recommend Wicked Lovely and Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr. I don't know if it's completely age appropriate (I definitely don't think Ink Exchange is) but if you read them, I think you'll find that the female leads are strong yet vulnerable, like we all are (if you're wanting to be extra careful, you can read them yourself first) but I believe that sometimes you can find strength in fiction. Afterall when you read about someone not too unlike yourself doing extraordinary things, it goes a long way to helping you might do extraordinary things one day. Anyway, just a thought.

Posted on May 3, 2009, 12:20:30 AM PDT
Kayly Riddle says:
Check out the Alice books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. I'm 16 and have been reading them for years. Very good books.

Posted on May 5, 2009, 7:49:42 PM PDT
teachermum says:
If you want books with strong teenage girl protagonists, have a look at The Changeover by Margaret Mahy (could be appealing if your sister into things like Twilight - much, much more positive and empowering though). Margaret Mahy has written a number of other books for that age group. The Changeover is my favourite though.

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Posted on May 6, 2009, 12:32:58 PM PDT
I recommend "The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks" by E.Lockhart. Excellent book for girls

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2009, 2:38:12 PM PDT
Person says:
Check out Debbie Harry Sings in French by Meagan Brothers. It's terrific.

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