Friday, November 14, 2008

Book Review

I just finished Body Drama by Nancy Amanda Redd. It's a non-fiction resource for preteens through early adulthood. The layout, language and images just plain rock! This is not our sisters' Our Bodies Ourselves. This amazing book conveys factual, relevant and desirable information in the language young people can relate to. Honestly, can you image a non-fiction book on body image and body odors and sex that makes you laugh? Well, maybe you can, but what if you're fifteen? When you're thirteen, there is nothing remotely funny about 'hair down there.' Trust me. I have two girls and my 13-year-old is not feelin' all the changes her body is going through. Sure, she thinks she's smart and cute, but her body will not cooperate half the time, and she is exasperated with the less than glamorous body issues she is forced to deal with. Let me tell you, there is much drama in my teen daughter's life and a lot of it has to do with her body!

I am so ecstatic about this book. I learned about it from a librarian on another site. I had put in on my wish list. Then, I forgot about it. Then my kiddo started wanting to ask me all these questions and was telling me about all this stuff she was reading at girl.com, and I thought it was time to get this book. I asked my library to purchase it and they did. I picked it tonight and once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. I'm buying my daughter a copy and putting one in our library.

Now for those of you who may be more conservative about the images and materials your teens are exposed to, I suggest you review this first. What I love about this book is the images are real bodies, unaltered and they are photographs. If you object to any nudity, this is not a book for you. Me, I think if you can't look at your own vulva and think it's beautiful, it's no wonder you have body issues.

My kid is like many teen girls. It's cool when she's telling me the details but she's not big on me being candid and open about this 'stuff.' So I'm going to give her the book, and I'll sit back and wait for her to share with me her thoughts about Ms. Redd's book.

5 comments:

Jade said...

kiddo is lucky to have a cool and
open mom like you.

susan said...

Jade,
Glad to hear you think so. My kiddo thinks I'm old and I don't get it. lol Odd, since she also tells me her girlfriends think I'm cool.

christine said...

I agree with jade. Your daughter's a lucky girl. Wish I had had this book when I was young. I did have Our Bodies Ourselves, though, which seems like it might be a little nutsy granola for today's teens.

I'm sure she thinks you're cool, she just won't admit it.

Dr. Joanne Cacciatore said...

Found you through Kara- what a terrific and inspiring blog!

gel said...

I read Our Bodies Ourselves in college, although I had been given other books and talks much earlier. I gave that book to a friend.
Yes, your daughter is lucky and like you, your comment #1 in this thread happens to me. I figure, though, it's better to try and take the teen flack, then leave that sort of thing a "secret", because that would lend itself to the exact opposite type of thinking about her body that I wish for my daughter.
Super review.