Book Review: Being a Girl by Hayley Long

24917649.jpgTitle: Being a Girl
Author: Hayley Long, (Illustrated by) Gemma Correll
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Pub Date: June 4, 2015
Format: ePub
Pages: 224
Source: NetGalley
Genre(s): Nonfiction, Feminism
Rating: ★★★★★
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Other books give you the facts — BEING A GIRL tells you the truth!

Being a girl is awesome. It can also be really, really hard. And no one knows that better than girls who are going through it right now. From BFFs to Mean Girls, selfies to self-esteem, pimples and periods and peer pressure, Being a Girl tells it like it is. Friendly, funny, reassuring, and totally honest, this is the book mothers will wish they had had when they were younger, and the one girls will turn to again and again.

My review:

I received this eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion of the work.

“Oceans are wet and deserts are dry and we are girls living in a world dominated by men.”

Guys, do not be scared. This is a boy-friendly book (kind of). I mean, you probably won’t care for the detailed explanation of a menstrual cycle, but this is in no way a “man-hating” book. It’s a book for people. And more importantly, it’s a guide for young girls to realize that just like everyone else, you are different but will face many, if not all of the same challenges.

In simple terms and a comedic voice that anyone can appreciate, Hayley Long discusses everything from gender roles and power imbalance to everyday sexism and empowerment. Not to mention peer pressure, puberty, and periods. And sex.

I was only a couple of pages in when I started laughing at this: “Male bodies are weird. I’m not being rude. I’m being factual.” Literally same. You know a book will be entertaining when a penis is described as a “peculiar apparatus”.

I also liked that there were hotline numbers and websites listed for further information/help regarding personal things.

In my opinion, the most important topics discussed were confidence and personal choices. Confidence because, let’s face it, we are all lionesses inside. I do not want to be that stray alley cat forever. Confidence really is key. And personal choices because sometimes we all forget that putting on makeup or removing our body hair should be done to please ourselves first. Not for the acceptance of others. And then we come back to the whole be-confident-in-yourself thing. It’s important, “because there are a thousand ways for being a girl”.

Where was this book when I was younger? Seriously. This should be mandatory reading material for all girls who are about to enter middle school or high school. I’d even go as far as elementary school, but we have to consider the explicit language and content being discussed. Actually, I’m pretty sure I would have totally loved this book at even 10-years-old. #GirlPower

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