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The Curse of the Good Girl by Rachel Simmons
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Jul 28, 2011

bookshelves: womens-studies, nonfiction

This is an excellent book and I would highly recommend it to all parents of teen girls, as well as young women themselves. While Simmons is talking about teens, I saw a lot of myself in her descriptions of relentless perfectionism, repressed anger, and obsessive people pleasing and I'm 26. While the emotions are defiantly heightened during the teen years, these messages and behaviors continue well into adulthood. This makes the first half of this book a must read.

The second half of the book is exercises and practice scenarios that the reader (who is assumed to be a mom) can do with her teen girl. While I'm sure this will be valuable to those who do it, it doesn't make for very interesting reading.

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