Thursday, January 29, 2015

Book Review: Brave Girls

Book: Brave Girls: Raising Young Women with Passion and Purpose to Becoming Powerful Leaders by Stacey Radin with Leslie Goldman

Source: Borrowed from Publisher/NetGalley for an honest review

Publication: Available now


An empowering guide to cultivating confident, passionate, and powerful young leaders during the most formative stage of life: the middle school years.

After years of research as a psychologist and consultant for women struggling in the professional world, Stacey Radin made a groundbreaking realization: it all begins in middle school. Women who become successful leaders learn how to do so in the middle grades—the most formative stage in a girl’s development and self-identification. Drawing on her own experience with Unleashed, an after-school program dedicated to empowering girls through puppy rescue, Radin has written Brave Girls­—the ultimate guidebook for parents and educators who want to learn how to help their girls become confident, passionate, and powerful leaders.

At a pivotal time in their lives, girls learn to advocate for others, think critically, and, most importantly, gain confidence in their ability to create change. Perfect for “anyone concerned with girls and women’s lives” (New York Times bestselling author Michael Gurian), Brave Girls shows how contributing to one cause can shape a leader for life while reducing the hazards of middle school—bullying, excessive competition, fear of speaking out—and identifying the patterns that truly make a difference. If we take initiative early enough, we can inspire today's girls to become the next generation of strong, enthusiastic, and fulfilled leaders in all areas of society.

Rating: 1 star


This was disappointing because what was supposed to be a book for parents and guardians aimed at ensuring that middle school girls continue to succeed is instead thinly veiled promotion for the author’s program.
There was no real information or tips and suggestions that parents could use, the author’s main focus seemed to be about detailing all the things that the participants in her program do. The book gives general information about what young girls may be going through but all of that information could be found online.

Unless the parents are interested in enrolling their daughters into the author's program and wanted more information about it, there was nothing else to be gained from reading this.

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