Quite the straightforward fashion manual! As a psychology major, it was very interesting to see how this savvy doctor connected the typical woman's fa...moreQuite the straightforward fashion manual! As a psychology major, it was very interesting to see how this savvy doctor connected the typical woman's fashion woes with up-to-date psychology journals. She makes her case studies sound interesting (or maybe it's just because it's got to do with clothes). It's like having Stacey and Clinton around with you in a book, and Jeannie Mai came along for the ride.
This book not only helps you discover yourself through your clothes, but it also helps with the horrific task of cleaning out your closet. I imagine this woman to be an organizational goddess. The self-checks help you determine whether or not you need to look at your life and your choices, and after each case study, there's a "Your Turn" segment. The author breaks things down in chunks that are simple to digest. I think it would be fantastic if you got your most fabulous and most straight-forward friend to read it first, and then tell you what to do when you realize you can't get out of your laziness. It's certain to be a great motivational boost when someone's supporting you (with facts from the book, of course)!
Four stars, because the section on body image is very well-written, and it's something I think ALL girls and women should read.(less)
This book is fantastic. I'm not sure how great it is on the scale of awesome nonfiction, but the way it is written will suck you in. It'll make you fe...moreThis book is fantastic. I'm not sure how great it is on the scale of awesome nonfiction, but the way it is written will suck you in. It'll make you feel like you're going through high school again. If you dread that feeling, well, I think the book does a good job of explaining why this might be so. At 22, I think that I am still young enough to remember everything that happened to me in high school, and old enough to reflect on the emotions that I had back then. I don't think I would give myself a label, because I almost always felt comfortable in school, but I could relate to almost every one of the "characters" presented in the book.
At times I had to wonder if the scenarios were real, because it would read like some kind of teenage drama. This is not surprising to me, because...well, they're teenagers, with an exception here or there. Yes. Situations like this ACTUALLY happen. And yes. Teens CAN be that eloquent. Dialogue CAN be that dramatic. It's high school, people!
That being said, Robbins brings up some things that you probably already know but didn't have a name for. In fact, a lot of the book will seem like common sense. Preps will sit with preps, but might not actually like being a prep, everyone should celebrate their difference, all that great stuff. The point, though, is that schools to this day aren't stepping up to the challenge of actually integrating kids. Or even caring about the kids themselves.
Whether you agree with her or not, I think the book brings up a lot of valid points, and puts you in the shoes of those who felt like an outsider at some point in their lives. It's a great read for teens, parents, and teachers. Perhaps you might actually feel like thinking about how you were treated or how you treated others in high school...or even the work place.(less)