Tuesday, April 10, 2012

YA book blog: The Girl's Guide to Absolutely Everything

Cover art: Girl's Guide to Absolutely Everything
Cover art: Girl's Guide to Absolutely Everything
As its title suggests, The Girl's Guide to Absolutely Everything by Melissa Kirsch (New York: Workman Publishing, 2006) is a comprehensive guide to issues that girls and women  face in society.

Its contents include Health and Body Image, Careers and Jobs, Money and Finance, Etiquette for the Present Day, Friends and Relating, Dating, Sex and Romance; Family, Spirituality and Self-Discovery, Home Ec 101 or Remedial Life Skills and The Pitfalls of Pantyhose: Fashion Sense for Any Era.

I became aware of this book by pulling it against requested holds at the Lakeport Library and immediately placed a hold of my own through our catalog.

The Publisher's Weekly review for this book identifies Kirsch's background as former senior producer at Oxygen Media and author of its "Ask Princess" advice column. It states that Kirsch "specializes in helping young women face the challenges of life in the real world."

I was so impressed with this book that I put it on my Christmas list (having exhausted available renewals). My sister bought me a copy and brought it to Easter lunch. I believe I will refer to this book frequently and would include it in a YA collection.

Originally submitted to a class discussion board for Cuesta College LIBT 118: Connecting Adolescents with Literature and Libraries.

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