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The Ultimate Survival Guide to Being a Girl: On Love, Body Image, School, and Making It Through Life

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Addressing the struggles of young girls everywhere, this hilariously relatable comic guide to life provides real advice and encourages a new generation of teen girls to find confidence and embrace individuality.

With friends, love, social media, body image, and more--navigating young adulthood can seem impossible. The Ultimate Survival Guide to Being a Girl provides humoro
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Running Press Kids
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Kylie Amber
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
** I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Running Press Kids in exchange for my honest review**

"It's so much easier to chase your dreams if you charge your batteries now and again."

This little survival guide was absolutely spot-on. It’s honestly the perfect gift for a mom with a daughter going through puberty or starting high school. But, it is also good for older teen girls as well, dealing with image and anxiety.
Some sections that resonated well with me were:
- The art of (not) giving
Sara ➽ Ink Is My Sword
4“Needed this in my high school years” Stars

Disclaimer: Copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

"feminine hygiene products are taxed as "luxury items". Yep, you read right, and nope, I am not kidding. The government thinks we bleed for fun, so they think is reasonable to let us pay thousands of dollars to buy the accessories we need to stop the blood from squirting all over the place."

If you feel like this and you are a teen, pick this up:


I am 18-years-o
♛ Garima ♛
I think I am bit too old, at the age of 30+ something, to really enjoy and relate to teen issues book but I can see it addresses many issues which would really be helpful for any teenager girl out there.

It is book that is mix of traditional and comic style writing - the style I really like so if you are teenager, this is the book for you. I strongly recommend but too unrelatable for my taste.

It is available in read-now section of netgalley so if you are curious, easier to request and read on!
Amanda Koger
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
note: this was sent to me by the publisher for review.

i definitely found this helpful in some aspects of my life, expect that it did read a little bit like a textbook and sometimes the slang used put me off a bit. i do think some parts of this book will date itself in reference to social media and websites, but i do think this will be helpful to younger girls in middle school and high school and early college (I think i might be getting too old for this since i am almost 24.) In the end i would
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: not-fiction
3.5 Stars

*I received an eArc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
This was... fine. This was a cute read and based on the majority of the content and conversational tone I can see this being a nice book for younger girls just entering high school, but I don't see this being very useful if you're any older than that.
I had an ARC copy and a lot of the formatting got super messed up, but hopefully that was fixed by publication and I won't judge it on that.
My biggest problems
Dec 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
„Hele, byla jsem v pubertě, takže kdo jiný by to napsal lépe.
Ano, měla jsem na tuhle knížku spoustu času, ale protože jsem prokrastinovala (no co, to děláme všichni), měla jsem na každou kapitolu jenom týden. Možná nejlíp pracuju pod stresem...“
Nebo by možná měla psát o něčem jiném. Tohle je IMHO ztráta času.

s. 31 Kapitola o sociální fobii, není to jen puberta, pravděpodobně je to fobie. Jestli cítíš, že by ti prospěla odborná pomoc, určitě zajdi za lékařem, který ti doporučí vhodnou terapii neb
Anvita (anvitascorner)
i WISH i could go back and read this when i was a teenager, it would definitely be a 5 star then

May 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Positives: The author has obviously done her research, and has written in a conversational, relatable tone that should appeal to teens. This “survival guide” covers a WIDE variety of topics and is incredibly inclusive.

Potential Drawbacks: Librarians shelving this book in conservative communities should be prepared for challenges as the author advocates for free menstrual hygiene products and vegetarianism/veganism in addition to the usual “target” issues (LGBTQ, feminism, etc). Be aware that th
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I am confused about the target age range. Assumed this was for preteens and teens. Front and back cover says teens, young adults, and then girls. There is advice here for girls age 13 and puberty and there is also advice on getting a tattoo But never talks about the implications that they will not be able to be hired at certain jobs were teenagers and college age students as well as 20 somethings off and find employment for entry-level jobs. There is an illustration showing girls socializing wit ...more
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Writing an advice book for young women is easier said than done.  There's a lot going on in their heads, with their bodies, and the great wide world around them.  When I was a kid, my mum grabbed a religious-toned book and gave it to me and that was "the talk".  I don't remember what it was anymore, but I do remember the premise:  ever
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
** I received an advanced copy from the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review ** Let's start!

When I found this book in the NetGalley lists, it seemed an interesting title, which I thought was focused for women, but it is really a book for girls and teenagers, so the tips and guides were not exactly for my age ( 21 years) but that did not stop me from enjoying it though.

Let's start with the parts that I liked:

Christine writes the list of tips and guides in a clear and conc
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
The Ultimate Survival Guide to Being a Girl gave me some mixed feelings.

On the one hand, I'm always supportive of books that want to educate young women about their bodies. It was cool that De Witte mentioned tattoos, having online friends, and other topics that rarely get discussed straightforwardly with teens. However, it's important to note that a lot of the book read as opinion or anecdotal because of a lack of citations or outside examples.

There were a few patently false things described h
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
The Ultimate Survival Guide to Being a Girl is an advice book centering around girls between the ages of 13-19 (pre-teen to young adult). This is basically like getting advice from an older sister or an older mentor.

Christina De Witte made this advice book both informative as well as fun to read. I can understand how this can be helpful to some girls. However, it at times felt like De Witte was pushing her viewpoint on certain topics (view spoiler)
Michal Lynn
The Ultimate Survival Guide to Being a Girl is the book equivalent of getting advice from a big sister or an older friend. It's perfect for teens who have questions but who might not feel super comfortable confiding in their parents.

Christina De Witte is 22, so she's fresh out of her teen years. Reading this as a 31 year old, it's obvious that there is still a lot more that can be said and taught while still maintaining a young perspective. This isn't the authority here, but rather someone who
Not just a guide to puberty and the changing body but a guide to growing up and dealing with all things associated with this time of life including what to wear for your body type, how to eat healthier, deal with peer pressure - as well as puberty, love, sex, dating, etc. For girls, definitely. Illustrated throughout with author's web-comic cartoon character, Chrostin. Writing is very dry, despite attempts to be engaging. I ended up skimming desperately when I got to the back third of the book. ...more
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 22-29
Disclaimer: Title provided by Netgalley in exchange for a review.

I found "The Ultimate Survival Guide to Being a Girl" pretty refreshing compared to other titles that solely focus on the physical and chemical changes that happen to young girls. The style of this book reminds of something an older sibling might reveal to their younger sister, like how not to be a mean girl, how to wear makeup, what styles of clothing work best for certain body types, etc. It is so much more than a " how to manage
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is challenging to be a female in modern society, not only because of the society and culture, but also the expectations we have on ourselves as well as those from family and others. This is an awesome book for girls to read, no matter how old you are, you will still find it inspiring one way or the other - outer environmental of community and culture all the way to inner self: appearance, self care, mentality, how to be more open minded, influence your community, live a happier life, stay fit ...more
Ari Augustine
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wish I had this as a teen to explain the things adults thought were too...."inappropriate"...for me to know, even in regards to my own body. LOVED all the little illustrations and how caring the author was when it came to thoroughly covering each self-care and body image. It doesn't preach or spout the usual advice that sounds like a broken record - it actively seeks to get teens to think about themselves as more of their own person, instead of an extension of what others want to ...more
Cassandra Fay
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
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Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*I was sent a e-arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The Ultimate Survival Guide to Being a Girl is a book that I would recommend to any young girl or parent of a young girl. I found it overall informative and can see how it could be helpful to younger girls
Maddie Fairweather
Nov 25, 2020 rated it liked it

Good book! Would definitely recommend to younger teen girls! 💕
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book for teenage girls, loved it!
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
Sent to the school from the publisher -- passed on to the HS.
CC Sanders
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This book could most likely help a lot of girls out there. The author touched some topics really well and I was actually surprised by the range of topics and how current topics were picked up (How to be avoid being catfished, how to decide what to post on the internet, ...) but on the other hand most of the time it simply did not feel like a non-fiction book and it fell short touching some very important topics like sexism and racism. Some topics are touched on quite bluntly and might be a bit p ...more
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
How the heck did they come up with "The ultimate survival guide to being a girl" when the Dutch title is "Some girls don't like pink".
It's obviously a book for teenagers growing up, but a lot of the stuff is still applicable later in life. It's not the typical guide for teenage girls, so I really don't understand why the title had to be different in English.
I've been following Chrostin for a while, and was curious about the book, but it is true to her personality. She is all about positivity and
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Katrina Ayala
May 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
The Ultimate Guide to Being a Girl held so much potential yet fell kind of short. I had read this in hopes of handing it over to my daughter someday. However, I’m no longer quite comfortable with that. Even for girls in high school, I feel some content is inappropriate or not discussed well.

While I like that the author was unabashed in giving out a lot of advice, I feel like several things could have been left out. Do girls need to know about hygiene, proper bra fitting and how to handle sticky
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