Being A Girl by Hayley Long and Gemma Correll (Illustrator) – BOOK REVIEW
*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way*
This is such a light-hearted, yet deeply informative guidance book for younger girls (pre-teens/early teens I would say) on everything you would possibly need to know about growing up as a girl. And when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING – periods, sex, crushes, friendships, sexuality, appearance, hygiene, pressures, media – you name it! The layout is easy to follow and there’s even a few quizzes thrown in there! The book is so relevant and includes information on being transgender and different sexualities, as well as simply giving advice and not pressuring teens to do something they aren’t comfortable with (e.g. giving information on how to shave but saying that it’s not something that teen girls HAVE to do if they don’t want – the choice is up to them!). I couldn’t help but laugh at some of the comments that Hayley made and I think that is why this is such a perfect book – it doesn’t feel daunting to read. The illustrations by Gemma Correll are also very funny and add wonderfully to this amazing book!
A book I wish I had when I was younger – this would have been super useful, especially compared to the 1990s growing up book I was given!