Since I started this job of reviewing about a year and a half ago, I've had the privilege of reading a number of self-help type books geared towards girls and women and their bodies. I have to admit that none have been as comprehensive, helpful, and realistic as BODY DRAMA. This is a book that leaves nothing to the imagination, states complete truths instead of half-truths and myths, and answers the types of questions that many females, regardless of age, are sometimes too embarrassed to ask -- even in the company of their doctors. As an adult, and a married woman with two children, I still found this book to be extremely helpful, and even discovered information that I hadn't previously known.
From your face to your skin, from your hair and nails to your reproductive organs, from skin problems to disease, from the natural shape of your body to the sometimes strange things that happen to said body, Ms. Redd covers them all -- and in detail. There's no hesitation here, and there's definitely no embarrassment. There are only real answers to real questions that everyone, at one time or another, has wondered about. And if you haven't wondered about it yet, believe me, you will!
BODY DRAMA is filled with "fast facts," drama scenarios, "how do I deal?" answers, and full-color photographs. This is a book that younger kids might giggle over, but that older teens will appreciate for its frankness. This is also a book that, once you get your copy, you won't want to part with it. Share it with your daughter, your sister, your cousin, your friend. Don't be ashamed of the body you were born with. Get the answers you need to be healthy and happy.
Kudos to Ms. Redd for such an informative read. This one is a winner!
I just finished _Body Drama_ by Nancy Amanda Redd. It's a non-fiction resource for pre-teens 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, there is much drama in my teen's life and a lot of it has to do with her body!
I am so ecstatic about this book. I learned about from a review posted by a friend on a website. 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 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 kids. 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.
A great resource, not just for girls, but for young women into their late 20s, too. I bought this last July when I was 29 and really enjoyed it--there is always more to learn about your body, the original mystery machine! This book was actually written by a Miss America contestant, and I like her straight-forward honesty in her writing...even a swimsuit model has major insecurities! Lots of photos of real young ladies, imperfections and all. And good advice for young women on protecting, loving, and caring for their bodies!