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GIRLS AGAINST GIRLS by Bonnie Burton

GIRLS AGAINST GIRLS

Why We Are Mean to Each Other and How We Can Change

By Bonnie Burton

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-9790173-6-0
Publisher: Zest/Orange Avenue

Burton, the voice behind grrl.com, explains in five chapters the psychology behind “mean girl” behavior, how to deal with it and what can be done to stop it. First, readers learn why girls bully the way they do, with an acknowledgement that such feminine traits as strong written and verbal communication make girls’ bullying intrinsically different from that of boys. Then comes advice on verbal self-defense and stopping the cycle. Confident women, usually artists and writers, give advice and confessions in eye-catching bubbles between paragraphs. The advice generally takes a sage, pacifist tone. Girls are encouraged not to seek revenge or start ostracizing the one who wronged them but to take the high road, confront with words and try to understand where their enemies are coming from. The author also acknowledges that all girls can be prone to bouts of mean behavior. Will this book find an audience with those who need it the most? It may with those on the receiving end of bullying, but most likely not with those who are dishing it out. (empowerment resources) (Nonfiction. YA)