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The Drama Years

Real Girls Talk about Surviving Middle School — Bullies, Brands, Body Image, and More

In a few short years, they go through an incredible number of biological and emotional changes, making this the most formative -- and riskiest -- time in their lives. Groups turn on each other, a trusted childhood friend can reveal secrets by sending a text message or updating a Facebook status, and deciding where to sit in the cafeteria can be a daily struggle. As any tween will tell you, life for a middle school girl can be summed up in one word: drama.

Haley Kilpatrick's own turbulent middle school experience inspired Girl Talk, a nonprofit organization in which high school mentors offer a "just been there" perspective to tween girls, helping them build self-esteem and develop leadership skills.

Filled with practical strategies from tweens and teen mentors to help adults understand what girls today are facing, The Drama Years is a must-read for anyone struggling to help girls navigate the often difficult transition into adolescence.

For more parenting books to help your Mighty Girl through all of life's transitions, visit our Parenting section.

For resources to help girls navigate the physical, emotional, and social changes experienced while growing up, visit our Guides for Girls section.

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Anecdotes from real girls around the country offer their insight into:

  • Why her friends' approval is suddenly vitally important
  • Why she feels pressured to be perfect
  • Why she's no longer telling her parents everything
  • What three vital things adults can offer to the girls in their lives to downplay the drama.
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    Author Haley Kilpatrick, Whitney Joiner
    ISBN 1451627912
    Publication Date Apr 3, 2012
    Publisher Free Press
    Language English
    Category Body Image / Self-Esteem, Bullying, Media / Commercialization, Parent / Child Relationships, Physical / Emotional Development
    Parenting Books Age Pre-Teen