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Odd Girl Out | [Rachel Simmons]

Odd Girl Out

When boys act out, get into fights, or become physically aggressive, we can't avoid noticing their bad behavior. But it is easy to miss the subtle signs of aggression in girls: the dirty looks, the taunting notes, or the exclusion from the group, that send girls home crying.
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Publisher's Summary

When boys act out, get into fights, or become physically aggressive, we can't avoid noticing their bad behavior. But it is easy to miss the subtle signs of aggression in girls: the dirty looks, the taunting notes, or the exclusion from the group, that send girls home crying.

In Odd Girl Out, Rachel Simmons focuses on these interactions and provides language for the indirect aggression that runs through the lives and friendships of girls. These exchanges take place within intimate circles, the importance of friends and the fear of losing them is key. Without the cultural consent to express their anger or to resolve their conflicts, girls express their aggression in covert but damaging ways. Every generation of women can tell stories of being bullied, but Odd Girl Out explores and explains these experiences for the first time.

Journalist Rachel Simmons sheds light on destructive patterns that need our attention. With advice for girls, parents, teachers, and even school administrators, Odd Girl Out is a groundbreaking work that every woman will agree is long overdue.

©2002 Rachel Simmons; (P)2002 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"Ruth Ann Phimister is an earnest and sincere narrator....This book is an important addition to the research on bullying, and this audio presentation makes it easy to follow." (AudioFile)
"Bolstered with numerous revealing anecdotes and quotes, Odd Girl Out does an excellent job of articulating to adults exactly the pain and subtle warfare that many teen girls experience, and Simmons offers thoughtful motivations for both bullies and the parents who are reluctant to rein them in. She also offers admirable, groundbreaking insight into an all-too-common issue and will be invaluable to any adult struggling to help a girl get through her teens." (Booklist)

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    Cynthia Greenwich, CT, USA 10-17-04
    Cynthia Greenwich, CT, USA 10-17-04
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    "Compelling and informative"

    Every mother of a girl should read this book. My 8 year old daughter is in the early stage of struggling with these very issues. This is a book that raises your level of awareness and will hopefully leave you better equipped to help your daughter handle the ups and downs of her social world.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Bethlehem, PA, USA 11-24-07
    Linda Bethlehem, PA, USA 11-24-07
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    "Validation"

    I've tried several times to write a review for this book, but was unable to complete one until now, because of the emotion that overwhelms me. I was the odd girl out through my high school years and couldn't speak of it at home, for the attitude was, "well, what did you do to deserve it?"

    Every mother of a daughter and every teacher of girls needs to read this book and recognize the silent suffering of the girls in their care. Just because there are no physical bruises doesn't mean there's no damage done. Please let's acknowledge and treat this area of "silent aggression" for the sake of our daughters, sisters and girls everywhere.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kris 11-05-12
    Kris 11-05-12
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    "Good book, not so good reader..."
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Odd Girl Out?

    Realizing I was not alone in my experience.


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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Because this book touched my childhood, I did not want to listen to it in one sitting, it was too close to home and too emotional.


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    I really enjoyed the book, I did not care for the reader. Half way through the book she desperately needed to drink some water, you could hear how dry her mouth was, She was constantly smacking her lips which made it difficult to enjoy the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KB Maryland 05-13-12
    KB Maryland 05-13-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Gives new insight to how mean girls can be."
    Would you listen to Odd Girl Out again? Why?

    I work in a school and found this book very helpful by giving insight to how mean girls can be. It points out behavior and patterns that people working with girls shroud watch for and address. I feel listening to this book every year would help me reach out to those children who need my help the most


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The film that shows how words hurt more then sticks and stones......


    Any additional comments?

    This book was right on target with girl's behavior. The description of bullying tactics that girls use may be more harmful then when boys fight. This book will make you remember some of our most hurtful times growing up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara 11-21-10
    Tamara 11-21-10
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    "interesting and enlightening"

    I'm so glad I downloaded and listened to Odd Girl Out. My 8 year old daughter has been subject to constant "silent" bullying since starting Primary school last year. I did the right thing and approached teachers and even the school chaplin and Psychologist. Unfortunately though, I have been all but labelled an "over protective mother" and my pleas for assistance have been ignored. They don't recognise being left out with bullying and see children by themselves as nothing to be too concerned about.

    At least with listening to this book though, I can relate with the stories and experiences given and feel the frustration and anger through many passages read to me as I relate to what is being told with my own childhood experiences plus the current events seen through the eyes of my child.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand further and uncover the mysteries what goes on with girls in their 'friendships' . It will take a few listens to gain some ideas as they are not obviously given.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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