As part of the BookLook Bloggers Review Program with Zondervan Publishing, I chose to review 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know by Christian mom blogger Kari Kampakis because:
1) I want to support a fellow mom blogger in her first published book debut
2) I had actually read her blog post that served as the inspiration for this book, and was curious to see how she elaborated on the article
3) It’s a great topic that much applies to me, with a baby daughter and another one on the way!
About the Book
Book description from Amazon.com:
These 10 simple truths can build one big change in your daughter’s life.
When Kari Kampakis wrote a blog post titled “10 Truths Young Girls Should Know,” the post went viral and was shared 74,000 times on Facebook and pinned 20,000 times on Pinterest. Obviously her message strikes a chord. This nonfiction book for teen & tween girls expands on these 10 truths and can reach the hearts of both mothers and daughters.
Teen girls deal daily with cliques, bullying, rejection, and social media fiascos. Kari wants girls to know that they don’t have to compromise their integrity or their future to find love, acceptance, and security. Her 10 truths include:
– Kindness is more important than popularity.
– People peak at different times of life. Trust God’s plan for you.
– Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Otherwise, you’ll never stick to your guns.
– Today’s choices set the stage for your reputation.
– You were born to fly.
Fans of Kari’s blog and newspaper column will not want to miss her first book. Filled with practical advice, loving support, and insightful discussion questions, 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know is a timely and approachable list of guidelines that will help young girls navigate a broken world and become the young women God made them to be.
My Thoughts on the Book
So lately I have been overly book review happy and haven’t actually taken the time to, ya know, read the FULL description of a book prior to agreeing to review it. For instance, a few months ago I reviewed a board book, assuming it would be age appropriate for my toddler, only to learn it was for 8 to 10 year olds. (In my defense, what 10 year old wants to read a board book?!)
But anyway, I made the mistake of assuming this book was for MOMS to read and utilize the information and impart the wisdom to the upbringing of their daughters. But the book is actually written TO young women directly. It’s basically an open letter from Kari to your kids. Which is all nice and dandy, don’t get me wrong. It’s just not what I expected. Which is 100% my fault since the description says, “for tweens and teens”. Whoopsie!
But even with the author speaking to me like I’m in the throes of prepubescent hormonal upheaval, I still found the book a worthwhile and edifying read. The information is Bible based, solid and sound for ANY age, notwithstanding the clearly aimed for teens wording.
Overall it is a very sound book, and there isn’t any one theological or moral point that I disagree with the author on. She’s engaging and manages to speak age appropriately without being condescending or disrespectful to the fragile ego of the “not quite adult / not quite kid” crowd.
The ONLY thing I found to be “meh” about the book, is the frequent references to public school cliques and overblown clichés of High School life. The assumption that every kid resides in a High School Musical-esque Stick to the Status Quo song was a bit unrealistic and over the top to me. And considering the target audience of the book is devout Christians, I’m guessing a lot of her audience will be homeschooled, or in a private or Christian school, where the secular culture isn’t running so rampant. But maybe I’m wrong? Regardless, I found myself quirking a skeptical eyebrow at some of her school scenarios.
But aside from that, the book is golden. One I found very worthwhile to read, and one I’d like to keep in hand for Tessa to peruse when she’s ready for tween literature. Overall, I would highly recommend it to any young woman seeking some Bible-based wisdom and personal development insights!
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