WRITING STYLE: 3/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5
Teenage years are indisputably one of the most challenging and most beautiful years of our life. The memories which we make and the person we develop into goes a long way in determining how we will actually turn out to be in the future; what will eventually become of us and how we will face the world. Being a teenage girl can especially be challenging because the girl world is often marked by its characteristic drama, catfights, cold wars and such ugly things.
Even if you are a normal girl who doesn’t relish the gossip and the drama, you still are bound to be influenced by the happenings around you. Whether it is being backstabbed by your best friend, being left out by your bunch of girls, made to feel insecure, being looked down upon, or being bitched about, these all are incidents which at one point of time or the other all girls have experienced.
Patricia Ottaviano is the founder of a non-profit organization Sister Soldier, an organization which works for the benefit of teenage girls who face such kind of issues in their school lives. She also has to her credit a Master’s degree in School Psychology which along with her personal experience in her schooldays helps her to understand such situations better.
The book is a one-stop guide to all girl woes and does an excellent job of being a friend, counsellor and guide to help manoeuvre one’s way through the tough school years. The author’s writing style is friendly and breezy and she comes across as a friend rather than an academician. The book covers several recurrent issues which happen almost in every girl’s life and very tactfully tells one how to handle things when such a situation does arise. In addition to that, the book tells the reader how to love oneself and be confident because as the saying goes “The most important thing that a girl wears is her confidence.”
I thoroughly enjoyed Girl World and even though I have long left my teenage years behind me, I can still say that I had a lot to take home from the book. The feeling of positivity which those words enthused me was hard to shrug off and I found myself revisiting certain pages and certain encouraging statements again and again. All of 157 pages, the book is a short and sweet read and I, therefore, recommend it to all teenage readers although even other girls and women will find a lot to take home from it.