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There's a lot a girl needs to know as she grows up and makes her way in the world. Having a reference guide of practical how-to life skills and character traits can empower her to become a confident and capable woman. Coauthors Erica and Jonathan Catherman offer this collection of step-by-step instructions on 100 things girls need to succeed, including how to - introduce y There's a lot a girl needs to know as she grows up and makes her way in the world. Having a reference guide of practical how-to life skills and character traits can empower her to become a confident and capable woman. Coauthors Erica and Jonathan Catherman offer this collection of step-by-step instructions on 100 things girls need to succeed, including how to - introduce yourself - change a flat tire - respectfully break up with a guy - leave a tip - apply for a job - ask for a promotion - behave during a police stop - create a personal budget - calculate square footage - wash your face - clear a clogged drain - iron a shirt - wear a scarf - shoot a basketball - sharpen kitchen knives - and much more In fact, if it's in here, it's an important skill or character trait practiced by capable and confident women. With great illustrations and sidebars of advice from world-class experts, this all-in-one reference tool for young women in the making is the perfect gift for birthdays, graduations, or any occasion.


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There's a lot a girl needs to know as she grows up and makes her way in the world. Having a reference guide of practical how-to life skills and character traits can empower her to become a confident and capable woman. Coauthors Erica and Jonathan Catherman offer this collection of step-by-step instructions on 100 things girls need to succeed, including how to - introduce y There's a lot a girl needs to know as she grows up and makes her way in the world. Having a reference guide of practical how-to life skills and character traits can empower her to become a confident and capable woman. Coauthors Erica and Jonathan Catherman offer this collection of step-by-step instructions on 100 things girls need to succeed, including how to - introduce yourself - change a flat tire - respectfully break up with a guy - leave a tip - apply for a job - ask for a promotion - behave during a police stop - create a personal budget - calculate square footage - wash your face - clear a clogged drain - iron a shirt - wear a scarf - shoot a basketball - sharpen kitchen knives - and much more In fact, if it's in here, it's an important skill or character trait practiced by capable and confident women. With great illustrations and sidebars of advice from world-class experts, this all-in-one reference tool for young women in the making is the perfect gift for birthdays, graduations, or any occasion.

30 review for The Girls' Guide to Conquering Life: How to Ace an Interview, Change a Tire, Talk to a Guy, and 97 Other Skills You Need to Thrive

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I received this book for free from the publisher (Revell Books Nonfiction) in exchange for an honest review. I give this book 3.5 stars which rounds up to 4. I was super excited to read this book because next month I will be moving and living on my own, and I could surely use all the help and advice I can get! I think the book is aimed towards high school girls, and maybe early college girls. As someone who is starting law school, this book probably wasn’t meant for me. Nevertheless, I did find I received this book for free from the publisher (Revell Books Nonfiction) in exchange for an honest review. I give this book 3.5 stars which rounds up to 4. I was super excited to read this book because next month I will be moving and living on my own, and I could surely use all the help and advice I can get! I think the book is aimed towards high school girls, and maybe early college girls. As someone who is starting law school, this book probably wasn’t meant for me. Nevertheless, I did find some of it useful. But when it came down to it, some parts of the book worked and some parts didn’t. Some of the how-to’s weren’t that helpful. Quite a few of them were no-duh instructions. For example, How To Fill Out An application was pretty much common sense. The first couple of sections had a lot of how-to’s like that. I found the later sections to be more helpful, particularly the ones pertaining to driving, cooking, and repairs. Those were more relevant to my needs. It is worth noting that since this comes from a Christian publisher, the dating section was very heteronormative. Aside from that, there wasn’t anything that was Christian specific. There was nothing about God or praying or anything along those lines. Overall, this is a good guidebook for teens, and depending on your needs, college-aged women.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shantelle

    2.5 stars I picked up The Girls' Guide to Conquering Life because I was curious. I wondered if it might have some helpful information and be something I could recommend to my younger sisters and other girls. Well, it did have some neat tips, but on a whole, I was disappointed. How this book is laid out is kind of nice. From page to page, it has a new subject and how-to steps. So it makes for a pretty easy read. And would probably be easy to reference back to. I'm not sure what age group it's geared 2.5 stars I picked up The Girls' Guide to Conquering Life because I was curious. I wondered if it might have some helpful information and be something I could recommend to my younger sisters and other girls. Well, it did have some neat tips, but on a whole, I was disappointed. How this book is laid out is kind of nice. From page to page, it has a new subject and how-to steps. So it makes for a pretty easy read. And would probably be easy to reference back to. I'm not sure what age group it's geared toward ... ? The beginning felt really juvenile. Like young teens? Other parts felt like they were for older teens or even college-age girls. Some of the information was really, really basic while others were things I wouldn't think a teenage girl really needs to know. So it didn't feel as structured as I perhaps expected. There were some great skills discussed. Cooking skills? Yes, ma'am. My mom cooks and bakes, and taught me from a young age, but a whole lot of girls haven't the slightest idea how to make a nice, homemade meal. So for the girls who's parents can't/don't teach them these things, this book would be pretty helpful! The car maintenance was also cool. My parents maybe forgot that I didn't automatically know everything about cars and how to take care of them, so I rather struggled as a new drive! I got some helpful tidbits from this book, actually - such as, you should check the oil when the car is cooled as to get an accurate reading. The Girls' Guide to Conquering Life's dating guide? I wasn't impressed. It felt like it was talking to young teens (um, why do they need to know dating tips?), and, worst, it basically bashed masculinity and femininity and God's natural design for the man to lead ... calling chivalry and such "outdated" or "ancient". I was just getting too many vibes of feminism and "girl power" from this book. It had some good tips, but it also had ones that you don't actually really need to thrive. And though it's from a Christian publisher, it talked about all surface-y stuff. There was nothing about having quiet time with God, guarding your heart, seeking wisdom, getting involved in your church, choosing your friends wisely, giving some serious thought to who you date/how you date, living gracefully and joyfully with your parents & siblings ... none of these things that would make up a great book about conquering life! So it had some nice tips. And I might keep it just the find those if ever I need. But overall it wasn't the book for me. I received a copy of The Girls' Guide to Conquering Life from Revell Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Lynn

    My rating: 5 out of 5 stars This book was adorable! I loved all the illustrations, the interesting, fun facts that punctuated the chapters, and the writing style was a great way to give useful information while keeping the reader’s interest. I flew through this in one afternoon, and really enjoyed my time spent in the pages. I truly think this book is incredibly useful. Some of the information was about things I already know about, but there are so many girls in this world who were never taught ho My rating: 5 out of 5 stars This book was adorable! I loved all the illustrations, the interesting, fun facts that punctuated the chapters, and the writing style was a great way to give useful information while keeping the reader’s interest. I flew through this in one afternoon, and really enjoyed my time spent in the pages. I truly think this book is incredibly useful. Some of the information was about things I already know about, but there are so many girls in this world who were never taught how to cook, how to do laundry, how to stay on a budget, (still learning that one). I see then every day in my life and it really is sad. But there is something about being strong in being able to handle those things yourself, and I would highly recommend this book. It never made me feel like an idiot, and it gave me all the tools to be successful. I especially enjoyed the chapters about finance and the one about relationships. The directions were given in a fun, quirky manner that had me giggling at times, and the fun facts fascinated me! This book would be great for high-school and college age girls. Not only will you walk away having learned something, but you will also enjoy the ride!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Goodbrand

    Okay. This book came unexpectedly from Revell in exchange for an honest review which I most definitely will be giving. This book was c h e e s e y. WOW. I didn’t like that they enforced “Girl Power” all throughout this book! If you want to know why Girl Power is stupid, check out Melani Crones blog post on that here: First of, they had some tips about dating. UH. I didn’t really care for that. They had two paragraphs about “How To Ask A Guy On A Date” and “Deciding Who Pays For the Date”, like wh Okay. This book came unexpectedly from Revell in exchange for an honest review which I most definitely will be giving. This book was c h e e s e y. WOW. I didn’t like that they enforced “Girl Power” all throughout this book! If you want to know why Girl Power is stupid, check out Melani Crones blog post on that here: First of, they had some tips about dating. UH. I didn’t really care for that. They had two paragraphs about “How To Ask A Guy On A Date” and “Deciding Who Pays For the Date”, like what?? I thought that was a little too modern and bold. I literally rolled my eyes at that part. They had another paragraph on “Shaking Hands” UM, that seems a little extremely dumb!! I’m pretty sure everyone knows how to shake hands....if not....*cough* It’s about time you learn, so pick up this book 🙈👌🏼. The authors instructions for Driving, Changing A Tire, etc. Weren’t very clear?? I didn’t really understand what they were saying. This was published by Revel, a Christian Publisher....what?! This is not (in my opinion) considered a Christian book!! They didn’t mention any thing Christianity related AT ALL!! All in all, a LOT of these times were very simple and mostly for ninnies, but I can see a few, very few in fact, that were useful like “Checking A Circuit Breaker”. I did find the little doodle, drawing things cute and added a fun touch ;) Overall Rating: 2/5 stars. Very cheesy, and most of these tips were far from useful. Not recommended.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chloe (aka Crystal)

    Previously published onPurely by Faith Reviews. This book seemed like it'd be a great read. It touches on topics that I needed help with or have no idea how to do, such as something job-related or car/tools stuff. Unfortunately, I can't recommend this book. The first section is about Guys and Dating. Sounds great, right? I could totally use some tips in that department, whether I am crushing on someone or not. It seemed to have some decent tips, some very obvious like making sure your breath is no Previously published onPurely by Faith Reviews. This book seemed like it'd be a great read. It touches on topics that I needed help with or have no idea how to do, such as something job-related or car/tools stuff. Unfortunately, I can't recommend this book. The first section is about Guys and Dating. Sounds great, right? I could totally use some tips in that department, whether I am crushing on someone or not. It seemed to have some decent tips, some very obvious like making sure your breath is not smelly. Then there was How to Invite a Guy on a First Date. Just no. No, no, no. I was raised to believe a guy would be the one to take the lead and ask the girl out, not the other way around. There was even a section on How to Decide Who Pays for a Date, and I think that's fairly obvious. Call me shameful or old-fashioned, as this book certainly doesn't seem to agree with this, but I would expect the guy to take the lead and be the chivalrous one. Of course, I wouldn't mind pitching in for a certain event or many expenses, but there are certainly many feminism views in this book. I wasn't looking for girl-power, but for some useful information to help in the future. Honestly, the strong-girl idea was just going overboard in this book, in my opinion. We do need men too. ;) At some point, the lessons just got plain ridiculous. How to Shake Hands and How to Unclog a Toilet are examples of ones that are simple, in my opinion. I think every person would know how to shake hands or use a plunger. What really bothered me was the fact that the descriptions were so shallow. Many just were not clear in their instruction. Honestly, I wouldn't be able to read a manual and know how to change a flat tire. I think many of these important skills are something to be learned with hands-on experience, reading a book or not. But I will admit there were some good tips in this book, my favorites about pancakes and budgeting. Another huge problem for me personally with this book is that, although a Christian publisher published the book, there is nothing relating to being a daughter of Christ at all. No verses, not even a single mention. This was a huge disappointment for me, because I prefer reading books like these with God weaved into them. That being said, if you prefer something more secular, then this would probably be an okay read for you. Instead of reading this or handing it to a daughter (etc), you should check out Nancy Rue's Young Women of Faith series instead. I can personally recommend these to girls because of my experience with reading a few of them, and if you really care about spiritual values, the Bible is actually present.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty ❤️

    I struggled to work out the target audience for this book. Some of the list could be aimed at your pre-teens like shaving your legs but then others were aimed at much older teens. I think personally it would have benefited from picking one age group and shortening the list. I saw a lot of reviews that mentioned inclusive language being missing and I'd have to agree with that. Not every girl wants to date a boy. . The instructions are good to start with but then get a bit repetitive. Overall I thin I struggled to work out the target audience for this book. Some of the list could be aimed at your pre-teens like shaving your legs but then others were aimed at much older teens. I think personally it would have benefited from picking one age group and shortening the list. I saw a lot of reviews that mentioned inclusive language being missing and I'd have to agree with that. Not every girl wants to date a boy. . The instructions are good to start with but then get a bit repetitive. Overall I think it's a good idea but with the many other types of books like these in the market I'm not sure it brings anything different. Free arc from netgalley

  7. 4 out of 5

    Haley S

    Wow! I haven’t posted any book reviews in a little while. I guess it’s time to change that. Life has just been busy for me and time has gotten away from me! Anyway, now to the book review. This was an interesting book about basic skills women need to “conquer life” as the title says. Skimming through this book at first, I found it to be full of many different skills, from talking to a guy to sharpening kitchen knives. To be honest, it was fun to see what kind of skills I already knew and what sk Wow! I haven’t posted any book reviews in a little while. I guess it’s time to change that. Life has just been busy for me and time has gotten away from me! Anyway, now to the book review. This was an interesting book about basic skills women need to “conquer life” as the title says. Skimming through this book at first, I found it to be full of many different skills, from talking to a guy to sharpening kitchen knives. To be honest, it was fun to see what kind of skills I already knew and what skills I didn’t. There was one little downfall to this book. While they talked about the skills women should know, they didn’t fully explain each and every one. For a few of the skills, if I wanted to learn them, I would have to ask someone else how to do it or look it up online. However, it was still a good “manual” for girls to look through! The cover is kind of plain, so I’m going to give it 4 stars. The cover really fit the book that was inside it. As for the book itself, I’m going to give it 3 stars. I was impressed with some areas of the book, and not as much impressed with others. However, I would still recommend it as a good, simple manual to “conquering life” as a girl/woman. Title: The Girls' Guide to Conquering Life: How to Ace an Interview, Change a Tire, Talk to a Guy, and 97 Other Skills You Need to Thrive Author: Erica and Jonathan Catherman I received this book from the Revell Division of the Baker Publishing Group for this review. This review was written in my own opinions and words.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Hayden

    Okay, first off, I don't think that I'm really the target audience for this book--which is something that I didn't know from looking at the cover and reading the blurb. I assumed that it was going to be more of an "adulting" handbook for women in the twenty-ish age bracket, but it's really much more juvenile. The how-tos are incredibly basic and the small handful of sections that I thought might be useful for me personally didn't give me much help; I think I'd get a better idea of how to change Okay, first off, I don't think that I'm really the target audience for this book--which is something that I didn't know from looking at the cover and reading the blurb. I assumed that it was going to be more of an "adulting" handbook for women in the twenty-ish age bracket, but it's really much more juvenile. The how-tos are incredibly basic and the small handful of sections that I thought might be useful for me personally didn't give me much help; I think I'd get a better idea of how to change a car tire from youtube or my dad, for instance. Maybe my parents just prepared me very well for the world, but I can't imagine not knowing a lot of stuff in here. I can see this book maybe being useful to a girl with a single dad who can't really teach her how to shave her legs, shop for a bra, etc., but a lot of the skills it tries to teach are learned more by hands-on experience than a book. Also, because it seems geared to a younger audience (middle school, early high school maybe?) I wasn't overly impressed with the romance advice...I just am not a fan of that age range dating. Y'ALL ARE BABIES. Also, though this is a book from a Christian publisher, there really isn't any Christian content to speak of. It has a sort of "girl empowerment" feel that I generally find a bit problematic from a Christian perspective. (Yes, I think we're capable beings, but it's our very powerlessness that makes Christ so essential- the woman's empowerment movement has always rubbed me the wrong way, but I also admit it may just be the way I personally perceive it.) The biggest problem of this book, though, is just that with internet access, this book simply doesn't hold up. Any of this information one can find easily--and probably better explained--on pinterest, youtube, or any other internet site. That doesn't mean I don't appreciate what the authors are trying to do- a lot of girls, I'm sure, come from less-than-ideal home lives and could use a book like this. I just don't think The Girl's Guide to Conquering Life is particularly effective in achieving what it attempts. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)

    Confession time: I just got my license earlier this year. I had my permit for 2 years and even had to renew it once. I wanted to drive, but hated being behind the wheel all at the same time. I can confidently state that I am an adequate driver, I haven't hit a trashcan or curb in the last few weeks. 😉 I'm just kidding, really though once I drove more frequently most of the nerves eased off my shoulders. (That doesn't mean I still don't start each driving experience with prayer. You know, just in Confession time: I just got my license earlier this year. I had my permit for 2 years and even had to renew it once. I wanted to drive, but hated being behind the wheel all at the same time. I can confidently state that I am an adequate driver, I haven't hit a trashcan or curb in the last few weeks. 😉 I'm just kidding, really though once I drove more frequently most of the nerves eased off my shoulders. (That doesn't mean I still don't start each driving experience with prayer. You know, just in case...) I say all this because it wasn't so much the colors that called me to this book (though they did help), but it was the words "Change a Tire" that grabbed me and held on for dear life. As a newer driver and a soon to be new car owner I thought it might be wise for me to know how to change a tire, God forbid anything ever happen. I can't even explain how excited I was when I opened the package this little gem was in. I was telling everyone in my family about it, even my poor cousin was subjected to my gushing. That excitement overflowed onto my reading since I read the entire book in less than a day, I probably could've read it faster had I not taken any breaks. I loved the formatting of this book and the easy to understand instructions. They didn't go in depth, but it gave a great little summary of how to's with wonderful illustrations. The book hit a wide range of things girls should know and implement in their lives in a fun way that was easy to understand. This was the perfect fast, entertaining yet informative read girls need to conquer life. No I would never look at this as my map to life, but it is a great starting point! I would defiantly gift this to any preteen/new teen I know. I rated this a 4/5 stars! I think every girl should read this guide. *I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review**I was not required to write a positive review**All opinions are my own*

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alja Katuin

    I honestly don’t know what went through my mind when I requested this book on NetGalley, I’m definitely not one of those people that gets ‘How to’ books. Maybe I hoped this wasn’t that; I hoped to find a different approach. But what we got was pretty simple. Cut down, step by step information. I can’t say it’s bad or worthless, because it simply isn’t. I can see people finding this really useful. Except for the fact that some girls date girls, instead of boys. But that’s just.. minor info on jus I honestly don’t know what went through my mind when I requested this book on NetGalley, I’m definitely not one of those people that gets ‘How to’ books. Maybe I hoped this wasn’t that; I hoped to find a different approach. But what we got was pretty simple. Cut down, step by step information. I can’t say it’s bad or worthless, because it simply isn’t. I can see people finding this really useful. Except for the fact that some girls date girls, instead of boys. But that’s just.. minor info on just a tiny part of all this information. It wasn’t for me, I laughed about it and couldn’t take it very seriously. But this does contain some helpful information!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rosie

    There were several sections of this book that I could see as helpful, such as cooking, car maintenance, managing finance, and finding a job. That's definitely useful information for anyone at any age. There is plenty of emphasis on girl power and feminism which is not necessarily a bad thing, but I'm not sure if that should be the main focus on how-to guides like this. This book is published from a Christian publisher, but I didn't exactly see anything of that nature portrayed in the writing. I There were several sections of this book that I could see as helpful, such as cooking, car maintenance, managing finance, and finding a job. That's definitely useful information for anyone at any age. There is plenty of emphasis on girl power and feminism which is not necessarily a bad thing, but I'm not sure if that should be the main focus on how-to guides like this. This book is published from a Christian publisher, but I didn't exactly see anything of that nature portrayed in the writing. I would say this book is a good start to reference some skills you want to learn about.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tashawna

    The Girl's Guide to Conquering Life, by Erica and Jonathan Catherman, is a book of basic how-to's for girls of a broad range of ages. Some tips I might say are "for dummies", others may be lesser known\practiced. My apologies, but I slacked a lot on reading this book, and have not completed it yet, as of writing this review. I had to write the review now because today in the deadline (I received it as a review book from Revell Publishers). *facepalm* I'm not a huge non-fiction reader, so perhaps The Girl's Guide to Conquering Life, by Erica and Jonathan Catherman, is a book of basic how-to's for girls of a broad range of ages. Some tips I might say are "for dummies", others may be lesser known\practiced. My apologies, but I slacked a lot on reading this book, and have not completed it yet, as of writing this review. I had to write the review now because today in the deadline (I received it as a review book from Revell Publishers). *facepalm* I'm not a huge non-fiction reader, so perhaps that is why I haven't fond this all-that interesting. But I really should have made a point to read some of it every day. My bad. The Pros: This book has some good and helpful how-to's. How to leave a tip, how to apply for a job, how to change a tire, etc. The chapters cover: Guys & Dating, Social Skills & Manners, Work & Ethics, Wealth & Money Management, Health & Beauty, Clothes & Fashion, Sports & Recreation, Cars & Driving, Food & Cooking, and Tools & Fix-it. So there is definitely some good information in here, especially for a lesser-informed girl. I also really like the cover of the book, and the inside illustrations and layout. :) The Cons: Like I said, I wasn't super interested. But that's probably just me. :P Another thing I didn't like was the "modern woman" ideas. There is one on how to ask a guy out on a first date. I don't think the girl should ask the guys out. Also the insinuation the authors give that a guy always paying for a date is old-fashioned. Whattt?? I want a guy to be chivalrous. And I want him to pay for the date, open the door for me, and all that because, yes, I'm a girl. The roles of men and women are not the same, people, and for a guy to act a certain way around you because you're a woman does not mean he thinks you are lesser than him, or that you are weak. There may be some men who think this, perhaps, but definitely not all! I also thought it was weird that they used a Michelle Obama quote in the book?? I just wouldn't use her for advice. ;) All in all, this could be a good resource for girls who want to know the basic information on how to outwardly do well in life. Young and older girls\young women alike could benefit from this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Eva-Joy

    This book reminded me of The Daring Book for Girls with its wealth of practical, hands-on advice. To be honest, I didn’t read every single how-to from start to finish since I don’t have my driver’s license (hence, the chapter on cars wasn’t applicable) and I don’t play any sports (so same for the chapter on that subject). However, I did skim those chapters and the advice looks really good and something I’ll definitely revisit when I need to know more about how to drive stick or throw a football. This book reminded me of The Daring Book for Girls with its wealth of practical, hands-on advice. To be honest, I didn’t read every single how-to from start to finish since I don’t have my driver’s license (hence, the chapter on cars wasn’t applicable) and I don’t play any sports (so same for the chapter on that subject). However, I did skim those chapters and the advice looks really good and something I’ll definitely revisit when I need to know more about how to drive stick or throw a football. As for the other chapters, the ones I actually read, I really enjoyed them! There were some great tips and techniques in there. I’m kinda glad the author put the chapter on Guys & Dating first because I probably would’ve skipped ahead to read it (*wink*). I also enjoyed the Health & Beauty and Food & Cooking chapters – I knew a lot of the stuff already, but it’s always good to have a refresher, right? Overall, I found The Girl’s Guide to Conquering Life to be a easy, helpful read that I’d recommend to girls of pretty much any age (but particularly 12 to 18 year olds). I received this book for free from Revell in exchange for my honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tierney

    * The 'How to shake hands' article is wonderfully thorough, reminding young women to mentally prepare for the handshake, and to grasp the person's hand before attempting the shake. Valuable advice. * 'How to open the door for another person' is where I actually had to check if the book was satire! Step 2 is 'identify which way the door opens'. This book actually just tried to teach me how to open a door. "Look at the handle and hinges: For example, if the hinges are visible and the handle is on th * The 'How to shake hands' article is wonderfully thorough, reminding young women to mentally prepare for the handshake, and to grasp the person's hand before attempting the shake. Valuable advice. * 'How to open the door for another person' is where I actually had to check if the book was satire! Step 2 is 'identify which way the door opens'. This book actually just tried to teach me how to open a door. "Look at the handle and hinges: For example, if the hinges are visible and the handle is on the right, the door swings towards you and to the left. If the handle is on the right, it swings left. No visible hinges will mean you push to open." (actual quote from actual book) *The dating advice section includes plenty of tips on "talking to boys", "meeting a boy's parents" and so on. If you're not into boys then this book is probably not going to be much help for you. *I'll say that this book was fun to read, mostly because of how hilarious some of the tips were. So detailed and so random. I didn't even know there were that many steps to opening a door (including 'get there early' and 'don't leave them waiting'). *'How to wrap a present' is yet another article with a hilarious amount of steps. Box gift. Measure wrapping paper. Cut paper. Trim paper. Wrap present. Wrap one end. Wrap other end. Each end of the present gets its own step, I'm serious! The step for the second end just says 'repeat previous step'. * The book is clearly running out of ideas as it then gives today's young women advice on: How to make a bed (don't forget Step 5 - place the pillows). How to wash your hair (Step 1 is 'wet hair'). How to wash your hands (Step 7 is 'turn off the water', god I wish I was kidding). How to wear perfume (Step 2 is 'take the cap off the bottle', oh my god). How to kick a ball (???) How to throw a ball (??????) I can't believe this book is real

  15. 5 out of 5

    Prairie Sky Book Reviews

    “The Girls’ Guide to Conquering Life” is a wonderful new volume that will guide young women of all ages to handle new situations with confidence.  Written by Erica and Jonathan Catherman, this book includes topics ranging from how to change a tire, how to throw darts, how to wear a scarf, and how to introduce yourself.  Clearly, a lot of time and thought was put into choosing this amazing range of topics. One of my favourite aspects of this book is the engaging writing style.  It’s not just anoth “The Girls’ Guide to Conquering Life” is a wonderful new volume that will guide young women of all ages to handle new situations with confidence.  Written by Erica and Jonathan Catherman, this book includes topics ranging from how to change a tire, how to throw darts, how to wear a scarf, and how to introduce yourself.  Clearly, a lot of time and thought was put into choosing this amazing range of topics. One of my favourite aspects of this book is the engaging writing style.  It’s not just another how-to book.  It’s more like a conversation of the authors sharing wisdom with a younger generation using wit and understanding.  Although this book seems to be aimed for the early to mid-teen age group, I believe many of the topics included in this book will also be valuable to girls who are much older than that. The book begins with a section on “Guys and Dating.”  The thoughts in this section are quite modern and may not line up with everyone’s ideas, but may also prove helpful in some ways.  This part is followed by sections on “Social Skills and Manners,” “Work and Ethics,” “Wealth and Money Management,” “Health and Beauty,” and so many more.  One of my favourites was the “Cars and Driving” section which included some very practical, yet seemingly scary skills such as parallel parking, or how to shift a manual transmission. If you haven’t yet picked up a copy of “The Girls’ Guide to Conquering Life,” I absolutely recommend you do whether it’s for yourself, or as a gift for someone else.  I believe just about everyone will learn at least a few things from it, and likely much more, and have some fun in the process. I received this book courtesy of Revell Publishing, in participation with a Revell Reads Blog Tour.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    THE GIRL'S GUIDE TO CONQUERING LIFE... is a must read book - necessary for any girl's library that would be an excellent gift for graduation or just because. Girls will refer to this book often as they need to know how to do this or that. Some of the things the book describes in a step-by-step manner are highlighted in the description, but there is so much more included. For instance: (and for those who don't know how) there is a page dedicated to teaching girls how to shave their underarms. It THE GIRL'S GUIDE TO CONQUERING LIFE... is a must read book - necessary for any girl's library that would be an excellent gift for graduation or just because. Girls will refer to this book often as they need to know how to do this or that. Some of the things the book describes in a step-by-step manner are highlighted in the description, but there is so much more included. For instance: (and for those who don't know how) there is a page dedicated to teaching girls how to shave their underarms. It includes a list of necessary items to do the job as well as a detailed list of eight different steps. (Note: It does not include steps if you have had a mastectomy and have scar tissue to avoid, but hopefully most girls won't need ti Plus there are basic cooking skills (how to make pancakes, or cook bacon) basic housekeeping skills (how to fold a shirt, how to wash clothes, how to use a dryer), and basic skin care instructions (washing face, foot care, removing makeup) and of course those life skills that girls need to know to be fully independent from men (or if there's no man around) such as how to change a flat tire, or change oil, PLUS so much more. This book is a must have for girls and women from early teens on up. Some things included I have never done and I would need the instructions for -- and I'm a wife and mother of five. I received a copy of this book free. All opinions are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Suzie Waltner

    It’s probably because I’m a few decades past girlhood, but some of the items in this life manual seemed simplistic. But the more I thought about it, the more I considered those girls who, sadly, have no one to teach them the little things like introducing themselves or washing faces. Then there are some how-tos that few girls (even some women) have been taught. Filling out a job application, checking the oil in a car, and creating a budget fall into this second category. The Girl’s Guide to Conque It’s probably because I’m a few decades past girlhood, but some of the items in this life manual seemed simplistic. But the more I thought about it, the more I considered those girls who, sadly, have no one to teach them the little things like introducing themselves or washing faces. Then there are some how-tos that few girls (even some women) have been taught. Filling out a job application, checking the oil in a car, and creating a budget fall into this second category. The Girl’s Guide to Conquering Life encompasses it all. Each how-to is between two and three pages long, short enough to not lose someone’s attention or cause confusion. While this is great for some of the items, others definitely require more explanation than given. Overall, this comprehensive guide covers relationships (including those with guys), jobs, money, beauty, and more. It’s a good place to start with teaching young ladies how to succeed in their lives. Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lucie

    3.5 stars *I received a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* I thought that some of the wording could have been more inclusive of trans people, so that was a bit disappointing. Otherwise it was fine although a bit boring. I know it's probably not the easiest to make simple how-to's very interesting, but I found even the introductions to the chapters to be pretty lackluster. Most of the guide did have some useful info that I could imagine a teenage girl needing and even some 3.5 stars *I received a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* I thought that some of the wording could have been more inclusive of trans people, so that was a bit disappointing. Otherwise it was fine although a bit boring. I know it's probably not the easiest to make simple how-to's very interesting, but I found even the introductions to the chapters to be pretty lackluster. Most of the guide did have some useful info that I could imagine a teenage girl needing and even some stuff I didn't have a good grasp on, but I think some of topics were just there to fill up space (How To Open The Door For Someone Else? Really?). Overall this could be a good book to keep handy for young teenagers, although maybe not to read straight through like I did.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Becky Van Daniker

    “The Girls’ Guide to Conquering Life” is a manual for teen girls about practical life skills which are written by Erica and Jonathan Catherman. The authors outline over 100 skills that cover dating, social relationships, money, the workplace, health and beauty, fashion, cooking, sports, fix it yourself, and simple mechanics. Erica and Jonathan Catherman are a husband and wife who are passionate about mentoring and coaching youth which shows throughout the book. I don’t think their goal was execut “The Girls’ Guide to Conquering Life” is a manual for teen girls about practical life skills which are written by Erica and Jonathan Catherman. The authors outline over 100 skills that cover dating, social relationships, money, the workplace, health and beauty, fashion, cooking, sports, fix it yourself, and simple mechanics. Erica and Jonathan Catherman are a husband and wife who are passionate about mentoring and coaching youth which shows throughout the book. I don’t think their goal was executed well though. Many skills such as “how to wash your hair” are skills that young girls should already have learned. There were some skills that would come across confusing in a page of simple steps without illustrations or diagrams. There were also some skills that are completely hands-on and require life experience to figure out. I also thought it was odd that this is a book about character, but there was no explanation what that is or what it looks like. There was also no mention of a solid Biblical foundation which is very important in my opinion. In fact, there was absolutely no mention of God, spiritual topics, or Scripture references. However, I wouldn’t completely rule it out because parents can use it as a teaching tool as they help their daughters learn the many basic skills found in the book. It can also open up discussions. I’d recommend this, but this is a book that can easily be skipped over. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Renee Knoblauch

    The title of this book intrigued me. I have a special needs daughter who is 15 and I work aside her a lot on many different skills. My first thought was that this would be a great book for her since she tends to forget skills that she has learned often. The purpose of this book according to the authors (paraphrased) is to create strong, confident, and capable woman who with the tools of real life applications to help them succeed in life. There are ten main topics which are then broken down in di The title of this book intrigued me. I have a special needs daughter who is 15 and I work aside her a lot on many different skills. My first thought was that this would be a great book for her since she tends to forget skills that she has learned often. The purpose of this book according to the authors (paraphrased) is to create strong, confident, and capable woman who with the tools of real life applications to help them succeed in life. There are ten main topics which are then broken down in different subtopics. Guys & Dating Social Skills & Manners Work & Ethics Wealth & Money Management Health & Beauty Clothes & Fashion Sports & Recreation Cars & Driving Food & Cooking Tools & Fix-It With over a hundred skills in this book it covers a variety of topics. Some skills I thought were great others, not so great. It has the same lay out on each topics covered. Some pages have black and white pictures of the “How To.” Each main topic starts out with a page or two of advice, tips, and encouragement. The title of the “How To” is clearly listed in bold at the top of the page. Underneath it list exactly what you need to accomplish the task. It also tells you the time needed to accomplish the task. It’s broken down clearly by steps with a squiggly line between each step. Some have gray boxes at the end for tips, “Caution”, “Wise Woman”, “Fact or Fiction”, “Did you Know?”, “Helpful Hints”, “More Info”, and other added advice. For the age intended for this book, I’m not sure as some of the topics would be great for younger teenagers, some for older teens, and young girls who are on their own for the first time. Maybe it’s a book to grow with you. Some skills I really appreciated in this book. Like the section on Work & Ethics and Money Management have some basic information to review over. The Clothes and Fashion covers things like: how to wear a scarf, how to sew on a button, how to treat a stain, and even how to shop for a bra. That’s not a simple task to shop for a bra. There is also a section for Cars and Driving with some basics for changing a tire, how to behave in an auto accident, or if you get pulled over by a police officer, and how to jump start a dead battery are some of the topics. Foods and Cooking I felt was excellent along with some of the information in Sports & Recreation. The Tools & Fix-it section I could have used with my father dying when I was young. Some parts seemed like topics that should have been taught already. Health and Beauty covers things like how to wash your hair, how to freshen bad breath, how to apply perfume, and how to wash your hands. Really, we need to be taught those skills. Is this generation that ignorant that they need those skills taught to them? Maybe the authors found out with some kind of research that kids don’t know how to care for the basics like that. Sigh. I thought the dating part was a bit cheesy. They made chivalry sound ancient. I don’t want my daughter asking a boy out for date. I would prefer that the dating section not even be put in there. I think it’s up to the parents to talk about this. Granted I realize that may not always be the case. Where was God in this book? That should be the foundation in dating? Money management should include tithing? A few other topics in some of the areas just made it feel like we are really a society that is dumbed down. Like one step said, “take the lid off the perfume bottle.” Sigh, are we really that ignorant. I would have loved to see some topics covered like internet safety; meeting people on line and what to do if you want to meet them in person, buying things online, not giving out to much personal information, social media etiquette, bullying, and some other topics. Most of all I expected this to have a Christian foundation. I mean the book wasn’t promoting sin and such. Would I recommend this book? It had some good basic information but, it just didn’t hit me as something I would want to give to my daughter because of the negatives I mentioned. If it wasn’t for some sections I would have loved it and could have handled the small things like taking a lid off of something. I received a free copy of this product

  21. 4 out of 5

    TheConsultingWriter

    I actually grabbed the audiobook from the library as well. Figured I'd review both, rather than just the book alone. The table of contents makes it easy to look up a particular skill and they are organized by groups: guys & dating social skills & manners work & ethics wealth & money management health & beauty clothes & fashion sports & recreation cars & driving food & cooking tools & fix-it Still, the book covers just about everything, from dating etiquette to tipping servers, cleaning bathrooms to making I actually grabbed the audiobook from the library as well. Figured I'd review both, rather than just the book alone. The table of contents makes it easy to look up a particular skill and they are organized by groups: guys & dating social skills & manners work & ethics wealth & money management health & beauty clothes & fashion sports & recreation cars & driving food & cooking tools & fix-it Still, the book covers just about everything, from dating etiquette to tipping servers, cleaning bathrooms to making beds. This book is packed with daily chores or experiences that will be new to any young teen and it will save them some frustration if they know going in what's expected. For example, when I was younger, I struggled with tipping because I had no idea what was expected. I mean, I knew about tipping a server in a restaurant, but what about the valet or hotel housekeeping? Thanks to 4H (like Scouts, but for boys and girls), I learned not only how to set a table properly, but I won a few blue ribbons in the local fair competitions. This book covers that, setting the fork, knife, spoon and so on. This may seem outdated as most either eat out or eat while watching TV, but I think it may still come in handy, especially when hosting a dinner party or having company come over for dinner. As a teen, this isn't necessarily an issue, but it will be that bit of information stored now for later use. 296 pages of helpful advice, this would make a great reference for teenagers to have handy in their home library. The car and fix-it sections alone make this book a worthwhile purchase. Some of the skills may be obvious and unnecessary, but the author can't assume that the reader knows everything. I mean, that's the point of this book, right? I received a complimentary copy from Revell in exchange for my honest opinion. The audiobook I checked out from the library was ok. I didn't love it. In fact, most of it was bland and more like lists of things to do or accomplish towards a bigger goal, like an Ikea manual. Ok, maybe I exaggerated a bit, but after listening to it, I really can't imagine any young teen girl (or older teen for that matter) would stick around to listen all the way through to the end. So while I can't recommend the audiobook as it is way too dull with list after list, I do recommend the book as a guide to have available in the home.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jaina Rose

    This review and many more like it are available on Read Till Dawn . From washing your hair to throwing darts to grilling a steak, this book has a short how-to section for just about everything you might want to do. It's pretty impressive, really. The author's don't assume any gender stereotypes; they assume their female reader might need to do a very wide range of things, including asking a guy out, changing a tire, and playing many different sports as well as the usual topics like talking to a This review and many more like it are available on Read Till Dawn . From washing your hair to throwing darts to grilling a steak, this book has a short how-to section for just about everything you might want to do. It's pretty impressive, really. The author's don't assume any gender stereotypes; they assume their female reader might need to do a very wide range of things, including asking a guy out, changing a tire, and playing many different sports as well as the usual topics like talking to a guy or wearing a scarf. The explanations are split into numbered steps which make things pretty straightforward and are always encouraging. The book is clearly meant for a girl a few years younger than me, perhaps in middle school or high school: there are mentions of asking parents for permission and going through the transition of growing up. The advice is still good, though, and I appreciated reading through it. My only complaint with the format of the book is that there weren't enough illustrations to go with the instructions: some of the entries were a bit confusing without images to show what the authors meant. I also thought there were some topics that should have been included. If the book is meant for younger girls, a discussion of tips for dealing with their period would have probably been very helpful. As would a section of advice for asking parents for more freedoms, or some tips for picking a college or moving away from home/finding a community in a new place. I suppose no one book could have every single thing, though, and this book does cover quite a bit. It's a bit strange that it's marketed so strongly to girls, since the same advice holds true for guys in almost every single section, but I would probably recommend it to both genders. A lot of its advice is pretty familiar to me, but it would be perfect for people who don't have parents to teach them these sorts of things. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stacie

    As a parent, I hope that I send our kids off into the world as fully capable adults able to handle situations and tasks on their own. Teaching them things like doing their own laundry, boiling water for pasta, leaving a proper tip, or cleaning their bathroom seem obvious. This book covers all of these plus many others that didn't see as obvious, but just as important. From Guys/Dating/Social Skills/Manners to Work Ethics and Money Management there are several great tips about self-confidence, lis As a parent, I hope that I send our kids off into the world as fully capable adults able to handle situations and tasks on their own. Teaching them things like doing their own laundry, boiling water for pasta, leaving a proper tip, or cleaning their bathroom seem obvious. This book covers all of these plus many others that didn't see as obvious, but just as important. From Guys/Dating/Social Skills/Manners to Work Ethics and Money Management there are several great tips about self-confidence, listening skills, manners, and handling yourself in a job interview. For the Health/Beauty/Clothes and Fashion sections, there are lots of personal hygiene tips as well as tips for caring and shopping for your clothing. The book shares basic lessons in sports like how to throw a football or how to throw a dart. There are several recipes included to cover all kinds of meals. Car care and fix-it jobs round out the chapters. When I lived in my own apartment after college, I had to learn a few of these things through trial and error, but for the most part, my parents did a great job of teaching me all the things I needed to know. This book fills in the gaps. Each lesson offers an illustration, items needed, the time required, steps to take, and then a fact or quote at the end. This book offers an easy-to-read format and makes it convenient to look up what you want to learn or to read a few tips at a time. Everything is explained, for example, when cooking pasta it states to place a colander in the sink. For those who maybe wouldn't know what a colander is, that is also explained. Everything is detailed and precise. Tween-teen girls are the target audience for this book making it a great gift idea for graduations, confirmations, and birthdays. This book gives girls a head start in life, making sure they are ready for various situations and going into them with confidence and knowledge.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Katrina Epperson

    Wow! I loved this book. There are "life" lessons we start teaching our children from day one and continue this process as they grow. Occasionally we forget one or maybe it hasn't come up in conversation, so this was what was going through my mind on my daughter's graduation day. When my book arrived, which was after her graduation, I saw so many things listed that I had forgotten (how to clear a clogged drain, how to change a tire, how to iron a shirt, how to create a budget, etc.). As you can i Wow! I loved this book. There are "life" lessons we start teaching our children from day one and continue this process as they grow. Occasionally we forget one or maybe it hasn't come up in conversation, so this was what was going through my mind on my daughter's graduation day. When my book arrived, which was after her graduation, I saw so many things listed that I had forgotten (how to clear a clogged drain, how to change a tire, how to iron a shirt, how to create a budget, etc.). As you can imagine, yes my daughter is the new owner of this book and she loved it. There are areas we've covered, but there are some we've not so it's perfect for her. Let me begin by saying this book is perfect for girls from middle school to adults. It is divided into 10 chapters: -Guys & Dating -Social Skills & Manners -Work & Ethics -Wealth & Money Management -Health & Beauty -Clothes & Fashion -Sports & Recreation -Cars & Driving -Food & Cooking Tools & Fix-It Each chapter is well written and easy to understand with a "Did You Know" box included at the end of each section. This is a book that will build confidence when you know what is the expected, the proper way to do things and just basic knowledge to navigate areas in your life. This is a book I would recommend to anyone. It's perfect as a gift or even to keep for yourself. I must admit I wish this book had of been around when my daughter was much younger. **I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I rarely review non-fiction books, but this one intrigued me, particularly as the mother of a daughter who is learning all about "adulting," as many call it. The Girls' Guide to Conquering Life contains a plethora of tips for girls, presenting them in brief, easy-to read instructions, attractively formatted and illustrated. My only hesitance in wholeheartedly recommending it is knowing what age the authors are gearing it for. It is categorized as "Youth" which covers a wide span of years from mi I rarely review non-fiction books, but this one intrigued me, particularly as the mother of a daughter who is learning all about "adulting," as many call it. The Girls' Guide to Conquering Life contains a plethora of tips for girls, presenting them in brief, easy-to read instructions, attractively formatted and illustrated. My only hesitance in wholeheartedly recommending it is knowing what age the authors are gearing it for. It is categorized as "Youth" which covers a wide span of years from middle-school preteens to high school graduates. Some of the tips are simplistic and catered to the younger crowd who have received minimal hands-on parenting or basic life skills, such as how to wash your face, how to wash your hands, and how to order from a menu. Others are geared toward older teens heading toward independence and are highly practical, including tips on managing a budget, how to use a variety of tools, how to jump-start a dead battery or change a tire, and basic cooking skills. I also appreciated the tips on what to do when you have an auto accident and how to behave if pulled over for a traffic stop. Overall, I would suggest this as a useful reference primarily for the older teen, with the caveat that they simply overlook those pages geared for the younger set. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Baker/Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  26. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Locklear

    There are many things that I want my daughter to get out of life and it's our job as parents to prepare them as best we can. Times have changed with all the technology that is in our world today, but many of the basics are still the same. We want our children to be able to manage their money, cook a meal and put gas in the car. How far we want our daughters to go is on us and how much we teach them. In The Girls' Guide To Conquering Life by Erica & Jonathan Catherman there are quick reference no There are many things that I want my daughter to get out of life and it's our job as parents to prepare them as best we can. Times have changed with all the technology that is in our world today, but many of the basics are still the same. We want our children to be able to manage their money, cook a meal and put gas in the car. How far we want our daughters to go is on us and how much we teach them. In The Girls' Guide To Conquering Life by Erica & Jonathan Catherman there are quick reference notes to how to do many of the basic tasks that we face daily. There are many things that our daughter's will pick up from us just by helping around the house and doing their daily life activities. There are many things we think they will learn, but often they feel they aren't important and therefore don't pay them too much attention. In this book they can easily flip to the section that they are interested in learning and in less than a few minutes have the knowledge to help them complete the task. The main sections of the book are the following: Guys & Dating Social Skills & Manners Work & Ethics Wealth & Money Management Health & Beauty Clothes & Fashion Sports & Recreation Cars & Driving Food & Cooking Tools & Fix-It In this book your daughter can learn how to have a GREAT interview, CHANGE a tire, Sew a button on and many other things. I highly recommend this book for all girls as it's a great way to help them learn on their own or just have a quick refresher if they need it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    This husband and wife team set out to create a book that encased everything a girl, becoming a woman, needs to know. They did this through ten essential categories, detailing “How To” steps, with varying anecdotes scattered throughout the chapters. These “How To” stages are simplistic enough for a younger audience, while successfully keeping the topics light and understandable. The pictures included at the beginning of each kept the book from becoming too dense as the introductions to each categ This husband and wife team set out to create a book that encased everything a girl, becoming a woman, needs to know. They did this through ten essential categories, detailing “How To” steps, with varying anecdotes scattered throughout the chapters. These “How To” stages are simplistic enough for a younger audience, while successfully keeping the topics light and understandable. The pictures included at the beginning of each kept the book from becoming too dense as the introductions to each category provided insights into why the authors determined each of the subject matters as important for young women. My only hesitations were the prehistoric references. For instance, chapter one on “Guys & Dating” does not discuss the changing dating environment with modern technology and dating apps. It’s also important for the authors to cater to the target audience. Studies find most young women/girls, particularly those generations targeted by this book, have attention spans of a matter of seconds. Given this, and after reading The Girls’ Guide to Conquering Life, I didn’t encounter a solid reason why any female should choose to READ this book rather than YouTube each “How To.” As a young adult that recently renovated an entire house, without hired help, the wonders of YouTube and quick videos serve to teach more efficiently than reading, no matter how simplistic the steps are. For the full review, please visit: https://fortheloveofthepageblog.wordp... *Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher, Revell, in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn Fonseca

    Wife and husband team, Erica and Jonathan Catherman have penned this guide for the young girl. The age target for this book I'd say is probably 10+ It contains step-by-step how-tos with pictures and instructions on everything from dating, beauty, work, careers, fashion, cooking, cars to easy fix-its. It contains about 100 tips for life skills that can help the pre-teen/teen. While I understand and appreciate the intent behind the book, it was poorly executed. I agree that all the things on here Wife and husband team, Erica and Jonathan Catherman have penned this guide for the young girl. The age target for this book I'd say is probably 10+ It contains step-by-step how-tos with pictures and instructions on everything from dating, beauty, work, careers, fashion, cooking, cars to easy fix-its. It contains about 100 tips for life skills that can help the pre-teen/teen. While I understand and appreciate the intent behind the book, it was poorly executed. I agree that all the things on here are important skills that young girls should learn but they're some things that cannot be learned by reading a book. Most of the how-tos presented here can only be acquired through hands-on experience and exposure, like handling relationships, work and throwing a football. Other tasks discussed like jump starting a car cannot be learned through a short one page set of instructions. And the dating advice on here is questionable, I certainly wouldn't want my daughter to read it. On top of all this, I did not find a single piece of Scripture. For it to be a life guide for youth from a Christian perspective, it is very poor in spiritual content. So in short, I wouldn't recommend this book to parents for their daughters. Parents, most of the skills presented in this book can be taught by you. Others can even be self-taught.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sherri Smith

    This was an interesting book. I wasn't really sure what it was going to contain, but once I started reading on a few of the "how to" chapters, I was impressed. It's a good book for teens and maybe even those just entering college. There are many areas in a young girls life where they may not be informed of "how to" do certain things. I found the chapter on how to tie scarves truly interesting, because for "old" me that was insightful. The chapters go from how to take care of yourself when it comes This was an interesting book. I wasn't really sure what it was going to contain, but once I started reading on a few of the "how to" chapters, I was impressed. It's a good book for teens and maybe even those just entering college. There are many areas in a young girls life where they may not be informed of "how to" do certain things. I found the chapter on how to tie scarves truly interesting, because for "old" me that was insightful. The chapters go from how to take care of yourself when it comes to cleanliness (such as shampooing and shaving your underarms), to how to conduct yourself on a date. Then how to get the job, ask for a raise and then how to do laundry. Believe me, when I entered college I didn't really know who to run a washing machine, so something like this would have been helpful. In hindsight, in some high schools students are sent to a boarding academy (such as my religion) their freshman year. So in that vein, this would be PERFECT for them. College, not so much, but for the freshman living away from I think it's ideal. This book isn't for everyone. But for me, I would definitely pick this up for the right young girl headed off to summer camp or academy. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Natacha Ramos

    I have mixed feelings about this one. First of all, I believe the concept of the book is great. There are practical tips that take into consideration what challenges girls can find along the way. Many of them are going to feel relieved once they realize they’re not alone in their doubts and struggles. I loved most of the quotes, and I recognize some issues mentioned are very important to address as soon as possible. However, I can’t say I agree with everything I read or that I’d give the same advi I have mixed feelings about this one. First of all, I believe the concept of the book is great. There are practical tips that take into consideration what challenges girls can find along the way. Many of them are going to feel relieved once they realize they’re not alone in their doubts and struggles. I loved most of the quotes, and I recognize some issues mentioned are very important to address as soon as possible. However, I can’t say I agree with everything I read or that I’d give the same advices to girls. The step-by-step instructions were fun at first, but then it was clear to me that most topics were developed in a very shallow way. They didn’t go as deep as they should have, so I’m not sure how helpful they can be. Also, I don’t think this book captures the readers’ interest long enough so they can actually finish it. It’s reasonable to assume that, after some chapters, girls might skip those that don’t talk about an issue they’re dealing with at the moment. To sum up, I really liked the general idea of the book, but I didn’t see the final product as the useful tool for girls I had expected. I think they could have focused on fewer topics in order to go deeper in the most relevant ones. **I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own**

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