A Smart Girl's Guide to Boys: Surviving Crushes, Staying True to Yourself, and Other Love Stuff
illustrated by Bonnie Timmons
by Nancy Holyoke
From the editors of the bestselling book The Care & Keeping of You comes an insightful, age-appropriate guide to boys, the number one topic of conversation for girls ages 10 and over. Here’s straight talk on what to do when everyone’s wondering "who likes who?" The book explores being friends, going out, getting dumped, being yourself, and much more. Letters from girls and advice on boys, along with quizzes and tips, help a girl get her brain back on track when her heart’s in a wreck.
BooklistThis book offers helpful advice to girls who are suddenly seeing boys as something other than an annoyance. Topics range from balancing friends and boyfriends, to chaste but fun suggestions for what to do when “going out,” to surviving the inevitable rejection. The focus is on social, not sexual, aspects of those first opposite-sex relationships; these youngsters have just about gotten around to first kisses. The book is sprinkled with “letters” purported to be by real kids, but no acknowledgments are included. There are also several quizzes of the teen-magazine, pop-psychology variety. Cartoon illustrations (some with hard-to-read hand-printed dialogue bubbles) will either amuse or annoy, depending on the reader. Although youngsters spend a sadly brief time at the training-wheels stage in their relationships, it’s a confusing period; the advice offered in this book is conservative, age-appropriate, and reassuring. (August 2001)