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The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  919 ratings  ·  141 reviews
Why should girls miss out on the joy of adventure? They can jump off rocks, swing on ropes, and climb trees just as well as boys can. But girls often allow fear to stand in their way.

In The Gutsy Girl, author Caroline Paul emboldens girls to seek out a life of exhilaration. Once a young scaredy-cat herself, Caroline decided that fear got in the way of the life she wanted--
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Bloomsbury USA
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Gracie I think it's a great book for kids 6 and up! It encourages courage, bravery, and adventure!…moreI think it's a great book for kids 6 and up! It encourages courage, bravery, and adventure!(less)
Caroline Mother-daughter bookclubs have really liked it. That said, fathers have a lot to offer daughters on ideas of adventure and bravery. The Girl Scouts an…moreMother-daughter bookclubs have really liked it. That said, fathers have a lot to offer daughters on ideas of adventure and bravery. The Girl Scouts and Brownies would also really like this, as it has so many outdoor activities, along with the stories and role models. We will soon have a curriculum attached, so reading it in school/after-school programs for both boys and girls would be great. Just because it says "girl" on the cover, doesn't mean boys won't love this book too. Also, they should be reading about brave girls too! (less)

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Helen Marquis
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great book for young impressionable female minds about how to take smart risks, be strong and adventurous and push yourself beyond your comfort zones. Whether it's about not taking no for an answer, when dealing with the #everydaysexism of the Olympic Skeleton Bob president and his "NO GIRLS" policy, to breaking the mold and becoming a female firefighter, this book should inspire the younger generation that they can be anything they want to be.
Interspersed with the tales of derring-do from the
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! It was such a fun book with awesome stories. I read the premise of this book and thought it would be a great book to read with Mya. Mya sometimes has fears and anxieties that seem to keep her from being adventurous and I love how this book discusses that and then tries to help you through out. Great book- highly recommend as a mother/daughter read.

"I've worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals, I will not let my teammates down and I will not l
Kate McCarthy
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I stole a read off of this book on its way to my niece as a birthday gift, careful not to crease the binding or dog-ear a page. Shhhhhh. At seven, my niece may be on the young side for this book, but I can imagine her reading it with her gutsy mom and really enjoying it. Plus the book is full of tips and tricks and writing activities that she may go back to. This book is amazing in part because its author, Caroline Paul, is a completely inspiring adventurer, and I get the impression that the adv ...more
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think tween/teen me would have loved this. Caroline Paul shares adventurous stories including mountain and bridge climbing, white water rafting, and being a firefighter. There's tips & journaling prompts that would especially be fun for a nature loving girl. There's lots inspiring quotes & girl hero blurbs throughout each chapter, which I liked, but I wish they had been confined to the beginning & end of each chapter because they were distracting when placed in the middle of the chapter.

Alicia McClure
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to find a book to send to two of my nieces who love to read and who are really close to becoming teenagers. I read it before sending a copy to them and realized that it really is a good book for girls of all ages.

It reminded me of the fearlessness I had when I was a kid and shined a light on how time and experience has broken down that fearlessness and replaced it with calculated cautiousness -which tends to stifle my creativity.

We could all stand to reconnect with our childhood curio
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sounded a bit like humble bragging to me, but a fun read. Maybe I should have been introduced earlier in life to a woman grabbing life by the balls. Her adventures are definitely not the norm for me but great to read about women ( many little sidebars of various women adventurers) taking a bite out of life!!! Since the book is geared toward a younger reader, I wonder what I would have thought about her adventures if I read this as a kid.
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was very happy when the publisher, Bloomsbury, contacted me to obtain a copy of the book for review. Since my blog is only about a year old, I was very flattered. The Gutsy Girl, is a non-fiction book written for middle grade girls by author Caroline Paul. The illustrations, by Wendy MacNaughton, are a hugely important feature of the book. They are creative and captivating, setting the tone for this inspirational book.

The adventures that the author chronicles in this book are amazing (as in, "
Yolanda Sfetsos
I received a surprise copy of this book, and the first thing I noticed was how cool it is. It looks more like a notebook than your average novel.

As soon as you get started, you get the feeling that this book is going to be unique. It might begin as a personal story about the first time the author decided to embark on a daring adventure--because she wanted to have fun, instead of letting fear hold her back--but soon becomes a lot more.

There are Girl Heroes featured throughout the book. And She sa
Shae McDaniel
Oh my lands, that was so much fun! Little Me would have eaten this book up. I know this because Adult Me ate it up, too! The writing is breezy and fun, just the right level for a middle school girl without sounding patronizing or condescending. (No head pats here!) Tales of Caroline Paul's real-life adventures are paired with practical tips for how the reader can bring adventure into her own life, barring access to burning buildings, cliff faces, or white water rapids. One aspect I really apprec ...more
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This book is split into ten chapters, each of which follow the author on one of her adventures. Some examples include her experience paragliding, kayaking through Croatia, and running into a burning building (as a firefighter). I enjoyed all of her stories, and I think young girls would have fun reading about her crazy adventures. On each page, there is some kind of quote or blurb about a "Gutsy Girl" who made history by doing something extraordinary. At the end of each chapter, there is a writi ...more
Ani J
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book SOOOO much!! I loved hearing Caroline Paul's tales of adventure, and daring acts. This book is a book that has a ton of short stories, and all of them are entertaining and fun. I personally loved all of them, but I really loved the HMS Homogenized. This is a story about when Caroline was in her early teens, and decided to sail a boat down the local river that was kept afloat by milk cartons! I also love this book because it includes nifty things to have, know, and do on an adve ...more
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I won this book via a Goodreads Giveaway. The main audience for this book is young girls and having said that I enjoyed reading this book a lot.

The book contains inspirational quotes, info on adventurous women, journal entries for your adventures, and Caroline Paul's own adventures.

The book deals with sexism, travel, fear, belonging and many other things girls go through (and adults).

It's a very feminist book and a great gift for a Gutsy Girl to start her off in her own adventure.
Zara Boss
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is filled with epic adventure and dangerous acts of excitement. A perfect fit for girls of all ages who long for adventure. This action packed book also has fun charts and illustrations, and even space for an adventure journal of your own! I highly recommend this fast-paced book to anyone with an optimistic mind, and adventurous determination!
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this and found myself wishing I could give this book to a 9-year-old me. Such a great independent spirit to the whole thing with lots of room for reflection and journaling within the pages of the book. I really appreciate that it's less typical hero writing (she doesn't always accomplish her objective) but the more human version of "we do our best, and that's enough." ...more
Jun 12, 2016 added it
Stories and lessons on fear, adventure, and planning for the younger girls. Fun, cautionary, full of quotes and examples of badass and normal girls and women getting stuff done and being awesome.
Eloise Vanbrabant
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a joy to read. It made me laugh out loud so many times and I think the author is very inspiring. She shows that you can have such epic adventures no matter your age or gender!
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After reading this biography(?), I would really recommend this book. The stories Caroline Paul tells about her adventures to become a gutsy girl (and woman) are interesting and extremely motivating for someone who wants to get outside more, or for the person who wants to become braver. The stories are full of adventure and contain tons of anticipation for the reader. (Like finding out if Caroline falls off the bridge or makes it out of the river.) The writer writes with lots of raw emotion and ...more
Rebecca K
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was really good. I didn't give it five full stars because compared to another book it is not as good but I personally found this book very interesting. I didn't want to put this book down and stop reading. I felt that each chapter or story has a valuable life lesson to be learned. I think its cool that the author put little quotes and mini biographies about or said by girl heroes. This book is rather short and more of a light read. This book makes me want to try new things and maybe at ...more
Lekha B
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gutsy girl is one of the best books that enhance young girls to go out and take life and the adventures that come with it. Gutsy girl I think was made to show girls that they are more than what they think they. So they can express themselves to the whole new world waiting to be taken over by people who are fair and consider everyone can do something and it doesn’t matter on what your gender is or what your colour is and everyone will and should be treated equally. The book has made me realize th ...more
Mialy Raharison
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A coffee jolt of energy and inspiration.
In the Gutsy Girl, the badass Caroline Paul retells her stories, talks about women who have accomplished great feats and gives her readers the opportunities to experience their own adventures. She wrote this book with the aim to inspire young girls to overcome their fear -fear that our current society unfairly teaches them- but we're in 2018, men, or women, of any age and shapes could potentially enjoy this book. Feel free to pick it up, you'll enjoy it. W
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
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When I received this book for my birthday (thanks Dad!) I was excited for sure. The title sounded so strong and I, being a feminist, was overjoyed. I was also partly overjoyed because of the simple fact that it was a book (of course). I took it with me to school the next week and started reading it in my spare class time. However, another book that was extremely intriguing came around (no idea what it was) and I started reading that instead. Then, just this week, which is about 6 months later, I ...more
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Go now and buy this book for your daughter, your niece, your cousin, your neighbor, or any other young woman in your life. Caroline Paul speaks and writes so eloquently and clearly about how girls and young women in our society are raised to fear adventure, bravery, and exploration. From the moment they can move, they're cautioned more than their brothers, discouraged more than their cousins, and sheltered more than their friends. Paul—a woman with an epic list of adventures under her belt—aims ...more
Rachael Lind
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a wonderful and inspiring grouping of stories from Caroline Paul's life, each with their own thrills and lessons to be gained from it. Though it is aimed more at younger ages, I still enjoyed it in my early 20s. It's inspiring to hear about her beginning small in her childhood then slowly growing to have some fantastic, scary, and thrilling adventures to teach her how to be brave, caring, and full of girl power. This is a wonderful book for young children and young adults, especiall ...more
Chelsea Phillips
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m excited to share this book with my daughter! A great book filled with amazing stories for Caroline Paul’s adventures. She was one of the first female firefighters in California, an international white water rafting guide, a member of the US luge team and pilot. She is a strong woman and wants all women to believe the same of themselves. Her book is inspirational. It’s peppered with descriptions of other strong and brave women of all ages plus each chapter contains “derring do’s,” challenges ...more
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
I greatly disliked this book. I think I get what the author was trying to do, she was trying to inspire women to be more brave, but I do not this that is what this book did. It was less of a teaching book and more of the author bragging about everything she has done in her life. It is great that she has done things like rafting and skydiving, but so have plenty other women. This book also has examples of stupid things she has done like climbing up the side of the Golden Gate Bridge. I do not thi ...more
Erica Leigh
Nov 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
I so wanted to like this book - I was hoping for a modern version of Ruth Thompson's Tracking and Trailing, The Good Spy Guide that I loved when I was young. The title, illustrations and premise seemed to offer the promise, but unfortunately the book fell entirely flat for me. It started with the very first page carrying a warning about avoiding the activities the author was going to outline as being dangerous (and in one case illegal). Paul has done amazing things, is clearly very brave and a t ...more
Sreedevi Viswambaran
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Probably I am the least qualified person to read this book of adventures. Mostly I read about adventures on books and live it vicariously. Well, for me that's adventurous enough. But this is one book which I recommend for my daughter to read right away after she turns teen. I would like her to be an adventurous one. The author of the book has given an impressive ted talk and if you hear it along with it, it would be an add on. Loved the book and needless to say I scored a zero on the Gutsy meter ...more
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fun book aimed at a slightly younger audience (I was pre-reading to make sure it was appropriate for a young reader), but still a lot of fun for an adult. I don't know if it will change a young reader's life and make her start on a life of adventure, but it is a great reminder of how awesome it feels to push your limits, learn new skills, and step out of your comfort zone. Bonus pints for the how to illustrations :) ...more
Laura Chase
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Even though this book is geared for young readers (10yrs give/take) I really enjoyed it.
There are a number of things Caroline Paul writes about that are good for women of all ages, think Wonder Woman stance and making sure to look people straight in the eye.
I didn't do the journaling activities as I'm planning on giving the book to my library.

The illustrations and the historical and biographical inserts are a fantastic bonus.
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Never have a felt so inspired to go out and explore the world! I'm a +20 years old who has never done anything as close to venture into the wild or leave my comfort zone. This book has not only inspired me to try new things but I also learned so much about other amazing women!! Caroline Paul's writing style is never boring and I truly enjoyed every chapter of the book. I'll make sure to recommend this book to my 12 year old sister now.
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Caroline Paul is an American writer of fiction and nonfiction. Trained as a journalist and documentary filmmaker at Stanford University, she instead pursued a career as a firefighter, as one of the first women hired by the San Francisco Fire department. She worked most of her career on Rescue 2, where she and her crew were responsible for search and rescue in fires. Rescue 2 members were also trai ...more

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