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The Girl Guide: Finding Your Place in a Mixed-Up World

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  20 reviews
"The Girl Guide is a game-changer and should be in every girl's backpack." ~ Ali Cross, author of the Desolation series

Finding your unique voice in a noisy world can be hard—very hard. But not if you have a great guide! The Girl Guide: Finding Your Place in a Mixed-Up World is a must-read for girls in grades 6–8 as they enter the tumultuous world of adolescence. Packed wit
Paperback, 228 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Prufrock Press (first published April 1st 2013)
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Christine Fonseca
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: 2012-reads
I am so excited to bring this one to you. It's a book about resiliency and finding yourself at a time when I think it is increasingly hard to do so. Everything in the book has been kid-tested and! I hope you check it out and pass it along to a young woman in your life!
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolute loved this guide. I read and put my thoughts to paper, but then I gave this book to my 13 year old and asked her to read so I could get her opinion. I was not surprised when she finished and said, "wow, thats good".

Now mind you, she was not happy with having to write her feelings down, she felt that is was "work", but once she started she really loved to look at how she felt. The best part of it for me was when she said, "We should use this book at our youth group". Yes, I felt valid
Martina Boone
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I wish this book had existed years ago. I expected it to be a self-helpy manual, which would have been great in and of itself given how hard it is to be a teen girl these days, but it isn't someone telling girls what to do. It's a series of tools to help girls figure out who they are and who they want to be. It's an evaluative tool that's actually fun to use, but incredibly helpful. As I was reading, I kept thinking of girls I want to share it with and moments in my own life where I wished I'd h ...more
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I want to thank Prufrock Press and the author, Christine Fonseca, for providing me with and ARC of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free in no way influenced my opinion or review.

Before I get down to the nitty gritty, I can honestly tell you that I am not usually much of a non-fiction reader. I rather enjoy reading to get me out of reality. But, given the opportunity to review something for Christine Fonseca, I could not pass it up because I love her writing a
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, nonfiction
A big Thank You to Prufrock Press and NetGalley for giving me an ARC for a completely honest review.

When I heard about this new book by Christine Fonseca I was right away intrigued. Being a mother of 3 girls, and one of them just turning 12, had me wanting to find out more. As a mother it is important to me to help my daughters feel important, and to try to give them the tools that can help them become better women in the future, and to grow up making wise choices. And as a mom sometimes I need
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Let’s be honest. Middle school sucked.

With that out of the way, let’s get into The Girl Guide. It’s a great resource for girls struggling with growing up, especially those in the middle school years. I wish I’d had a book like this at that age. Instead, I just had my mom saying, “It’s okay. It’ll get better. You’re a great kid. You’ll make it through.” But moms just aren’t cool at that age. I was a huge reader and maybe having a guide like this would’ve helped me through those tough years.

I thin
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Best Bits: I've never accepted a non-fiction book for review before, but with my new job I couldn't pass up on the chance to peek inside this one. In my non-book life I work in counseling, and I often see middle school and teenage girls who are dealing with stress and anxiety. As such, I am always on the hunt for great homework resources that I can suggest for learning and thinking at home. I'm happy to say that this is a book I've suggested to other counselors, and may be a great resource for m ...more
Katy Upperman
This book is too cool — I totally wish I’d had a copy when I was growing up. The Girl Guide is chock full of advice and anecdotes and quizzes and worksheets meant to help girls find their “own unique voices.”

When I was a teenager, I loved books and magazines that had specific places blocked off for me to write down my thoughts and reflections. The Girl Guide has tons blank charts and empty bubbles and open lines for lists — it made me want to grab a pink feathery pen and get to work! As if that’
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This could be such a great tool for young girls if used the way it's meant to be used. I grew up on "Chicken Soup For the ____ Soul" books... This is kinda that "type" of book but more modern, and to me, more useful. I tried to put myself in the place of my niece while I was reading and thinking about this book. (I almost want to call it a workbook because it's not just a plain book LOL). It's modern and so incredibly useful when it comes to really thinking about who you are and what you wa ...more
American Mensa
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"The Girl Guide: Finding Your Place in a Mixed Up World" by Christine Fonseca, is a book that combines tips for loving yourself for who YOU are, and simple activities that help discover your personality. These activities can range from real life scenarios, to something as easy as a checklist. As you move through each chapter and activity, you seem to discover and learn something new about yourself.

However, as the title suggests, I recommend this to girls, around the ages of 9 to at the most 15
Ali Cross
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I wish I’d had the Girl Guide when I was growing up. This book is . . . awesome. Every girl would benefit from it. My favorite parts were Chapters 8 and 9. Life will always throw those curve balls—always. When you’re young you think everything is going to turn out great—and it can! It will! But sometimes you have to take a different path than the one you started out on. The Girl Guide offers some fantastic advice on how you can see the positive even when things go differently than planned. Even ...more
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Raising teenage girls is hard in this day & age- Christine Fonseca has developed a great "workbook" for girls grades 7-9 on finding themselves while handling/dealing with the challenges & obstacles of life today. The Girl Guide helps young teen girls to learn and find themselves through fun "quizzes", journaling and quotes from other girls their age. The tasks performed, questions asked and quotes offer young girls guidance from Christine, other teens and themselves. I wish I had a Girl ...more
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is an essential self-discovery workbook for tween and teen girls. It contains quizzes, activities, worksheets, and journal-writing prompts. Realistic scenarios offer the opportunity for tweens/teens to brainstorm how they would handle situations and provide helpful tips. A reluctant reader may need some nudging to get into the book, but the interactive components will hook them. This is a great platform for kids to learn about emotional literacy, self-awareness, character building, support, ...more
Ms. Reader
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book off of Goodreads First Reads. It was one of the first books I had won. This book is an adorable, delightful little activity book full of ideas, inspirations, and advice perfect for that growing and ever-changing preteen and teen girl. It's fun and definitely parent-approved, being a parent to a little girl myself.
Kristina Leonard
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Karen Winkler
I loved this one and recommend it to all of my friends with young daughters---particularly those around the middle school age.
Sally Hannoush
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful workbook for teen girls to work out their feelings and use their thinking to evaluate how they can better respond to things.
Brenda Kahn
Reviewing this one for SLJ
Jan 24, 2016 rated it liked it
This 228 page paperback book for young girls superficially covers a variety of topics, socializing, rules, emotions, perspectives, perfectionism, etc. Each chapter includes questions with space for the book owner to write in their personal answers making this book a type of journal, probably the kind no girl would want anyone else to read. I was especially interested in the chapters on confidence and bullying. Confidence is often destroyed by bullying so perhaps the chapter on confidence which w ...more
Michelle McLean
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Fonseca has done it again! In The Girl Guide, Ms. Fonseca brings all her expertise to the forefront to help girls navigate through the insane teenage years. I really wish I’d had a book like this to help me both find myself and find my path in life when I was growing up. I think a lot of painful mistakes and bad decisions might have been averted had I been a little more aware of who I was and who I wanted to be. And this book will help girls do just that. It’s easy to understand, professiona ...more
Feb 01, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a cute book for preteen and teen girls that focuses on being true to yourself while tackling some of the biggest issues girls face today.
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Award-winning and critically-acclaimed author of fiction and non-fiction. Lover of books, lattes, and family. Passionate about humanity. Critically-acclaimed titles include Transcend, The Requiem Series, and The Solomon Experiment series, and Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students, second edition.

When Christine isn’t writing a book, she can be found sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes next to a