The operative word here is "reassuring." Caron provides sound and practical advice, based largely on her experience running workshops for mothers of adolescent daughters. Issues touched on include preparing girls for menstruation and dealing with the egocentric mind-set of adolescent girls; the complex nature of trust; the father-daughter relationship; the importance of friendships and peer pressure; alcohol and drugs; and sexual activity and its attendant concerns of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. The value of workshops is largely in the comfort participants receive from recognition of shared experiences, and a similar benefit is offered by this guidebook. Each chapter ends with a "Memo for Moms" that sums up the author's advice on the topic discussed. Recent research on female adolescent development is cited from time to time, and the text is liberally sprinkled with quotes revealing the thoughts and feelings of teen-age girls and their mothers. End-of-book notes providing references for the research cited validate the author's positions and may be useful to counselors and other workshop leaders.