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35 review for Teen Girl Talk: A Guide to Beauty, Fashion and Health

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I got this book when I was barely in jr. high, I think, and damn if it doesn't do it's darndest to set you up for an eating disorder! It goes into excruciating detail about how much you should weigh (with a delightful appendix with a detailed chart), meal plans (heavy on the grapefruit). Although it did teach me the phrase "je nais se quoi" - - which is apparently the attitude which everyone should strive for, and then you will be magnetic for boys! Which is literally the least helpful advice I I got this book when I was barely in jr. high, I think, and damn if it doesn't do it's darndest to set you up for an eating disorder! It goes into excruciating detail about how much you should weigh (with a delightful appendix with a detailed chart), meal plans (heavy on the grapefruit). Although it did teach me the phrase "je nais se quoi" - - which is apparently the attitude which everyone should strive for, and then you will be magnetic for boys! Which is literally the least helpful advice I could possibly imagine giving to an 11 year old. (Want boys to like you? Your personality should be intangibly attractive.) And those are the things I remember reading from this terrible book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Good Lord! I've been having nostalgia reading some of the YA books i loved on open library. I remember I loved being part of the "Especially for Girls" Club when i was about 11 or 12: this book came with it, and you got a new book every month. This book made me realize this was probably how i developed body image issues/eating disorders i've battled most of my life. Ok, not just this book, but these tended to be the messages (although toned down) that girls got in the 80s'-90's..this one is just Good Lord! I've been having nostalgia reading some of the YA books i loved on open library. I remember I loved being part of the "Especially for Girls" Club when i was about 11 or 12: this book came with it, and you got a new book every month. This book made me realize this was probably how i developed body image issues/eating disorders i've battled most of my life. Ok, not just this book, but these tended to be the messages (although toned down) that girls got in the 80s'-90's..this one is just blunt about it. "if your fingertips and thumbs don't meet around your waist, you've got work to do..." um, what? Like buying a corset? Even when i was very skinny i could do that. It goes on to talk about "chubby girls", "Thick stumpy neck". a "full length mirror is your most honest friend"..then whole segments about "big fannies" that I LOL'd at (I didn't know anyone under 80 that used the term fanny..still don't)..."Stay cool, stay cheerful, keep smiling" when something pisses you off. "don't complain about colds" , a calorie chart.... This is basically the feminist anti-christ. I can't believe i read this when i was a preteen. i remember trying out some of the styles too and listening to some of the advice. my mom must not have read it or else it would have been burned.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Justin Fraxi

    This came for free in the mail when I was twelve. It's really, really bad. Never give something like this to a young girl unless you want her to become neurotic. This came for free in the mail when I was twelve. It's really, really bad. Never give something like this to a young girl unless you want her to become neurotic.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Reading with Cats

    Things I learned from this book: -Don't be fat or freakishly tall (defined as over 5' 7") -Don't follow fad diets; you know, like being a vegetarian -Never, ever be unhappy; nobody likes a frowny face, girls -French fries should be cut in half and eaten with a fork (huh?) -Too much Vitamin B can cause gastric antony (ummm...okay...maybe teen girls were horribly worried about gastric antony in 1981?) Things I learned from this book: -Don't be fat or freakishly tall (defined as over 5' 7") -Don't follow fad diets; you know, like being a vegetarian -Never, ever be unhappy; nobody likes a frowny face, girls -French fries should be cut in half and eaten with a fork (huh?) -Too much Vitamin B can cause gastric antony (ummm...okay...maybe teen girls were horribly worried about gastric antony in 1981?)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Queen

    Apparently at one point in my life, I had a membership to a "just for girls" book club. I have several coming of age romances, and now I've discovered this guide! 1981! If I had read it, I would have been more effeminate and proper, for sure. I glanced through to see how out-dated it was. The information is still top of the line, but some old-fashioned commentary and cultural expectations of etiquette, listing *how to eat* clams, for instance, as if we were preparing for a role in Pretty Woman. Apparently at one point in my life, I had a membership to a "just for girls" book club. I have several coming of age romances, and now I've discovered this guide! 1981! If I had read it, I would have been more effeminate and proper, for sure. I glanced through to see how out-dated it was. The information is still top of the line, but some old-fashioned commentary and cultural expectations of etiquette, listing *how to eat* clams, for instance, as if we were preparing for a role in Pretty Woman. Here's one of my favorite lines in the exercise section, focused on womanly curve problem areas: "Many sizeable sighs are caused by sizable thighs!" LOL Oh! I can still learn from this! It gives detailed directions about applying foundation and such. This book is for ones whose the mom fails to educate the daughter on being a woman, *on the surface.*

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Marbly-Warir

    I still have this book in my possession (don't know where it is though :) ) I read this book back in the early 80's as either a preteen or very early teen and I devoured this book. Like most young women we were anxious to grow up, get boobs, get a boyfriend etc and this book at the time made me feel like the girly girl that I was. I was into fashion, and make up and everything in between and this book covered a lot of that. I must find it and look at it as a 40 something year old woman. lol. I still have this book in my possession (don't know where it is though :) ) I read this book back in the early 80's as either a preteen or very early teen and I devoured this book. Like most young women we were anxious to grow up, get boobs, get a boyfriend etc and this book at the time made me feel like the girly girl that I was. I was into fashion, and make up and everything in between and this book covered a lot of that. I must find it and look at it as a 40 something year old woman. lol.

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    Jennifer

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