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Psychologist and physician Leonard Sax’s work with young people reveals that girls today have an incredibly brittle sense of self. Though they may look confident on the outside, teens and tweens are fragile inside, obsessed with grades, sports, networking sites, and appearances. They are confused about their sexual identity, as environmental toxins are accelerating physical maturity faster than their emotional maturity.

Now, Sax gives us the tools we need to help girls become independent and confident women. He provides parents with practical tips on everything from helping their daughters to make decisions to nurturing their spirits through female-centered activities to getting them involved in communities of female role models - which give young women pride and allow them to grow in a safe environment that nurtures curiosity and confidence.

©2010 Leonard Sax (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“A MUST read.” (Margaret M. Ferrara, Ph.D., associate professor, University of Nevada, Reno)

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  • Dan
  • Calgary, AB, Canada
  • 03-26-11

Great Book - Needs A Better Narrator

Well written, just like Why Gender Matters and Boys Adrift. Highly recommended reading for anyone with a daughter. However, the narrator was painful to listen to. I felt as if I was being lectured by school principal at times. Several times I actually had to turn this audio book off as her voice was like nails on a chalk board.

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Fantastic information !

Having five children two of which are girls a 16-year-old and 11-year-old this book was spot on.it gave me information to look at Innoway I had never thought too… Which sometimes seems like how could I have not?I feel that should be required reading for any parent who has a girl when she turns seven!!!sometimes the chapters were so intense you had to take a break for a day just to think it all through.I thoroughly enjoyed boys adrift written by the same author and I would add this in that same category five star

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a disappointment

What disappointed you about Girls on the Edge?

It is not nearly as good as the book: boys on the edge. This book has little scientific research data for backup. too many subjective theories. not very convincing.

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  • Roy
  • Beaumont, TX, United States
  • 12-01-10

For Parents and Policy Makers

Leonard Sax's "Girls on the Edge" is a follow-up to his book "Boys Adrift." Both are informative and address troubling factors influencing our youth. Essentially, Sax suggests that young women are being adversely affected by issues of sexual identity, the cyberbubble, obsessions, and environmental toxins. For me the chapter on the cyberbubble was the weakest and the section on environmental toxins the most informative. His discussion of puberty and age along with eating disorders were very enlightening. Positively, Sax reports the research and literature in a straightforward manner. Negatively, he makes no real suggestions concerning how parents can remedy the circumstances revealed. Otherwise, the writing is very good, the information is very approachable, and the narration of Pam Ward excellent.

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Now I get it.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Women are now told we can do it all, and encouraged to do so.....but doing it all is not easy, and often causes a great deal of overwhelming anxiety. Doing it all, when you're a woman, also can include being the mother you always wanted to be, in addition to being the best at your chosen (choices unlimited) profession. This is not necessarily attainable...

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Simple. Dads need to read this!

My daughters are young, 3 and 6. This book equipped me with the tools to successfully navigate the hard teenage years. But the real gold nugget here was that I have to start now!!!!!

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Good subject matter but takes awhile to get use to the reader

Overall, I enjoyed the book. After having listened to his other title on parenting, I wanted to explore his body of work. Although the last 3/4 of the book starts to drag, the last chapter brought my interest level back and the book ended well. I am going to listen to Boys Adrift next. I highly recommend this book to all parents and teachers, and anyone else that works with children, especially girls.

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A valuable resource for parents and teachers

What made the experience of listening to Girls on the Edge the most enjoyable?

This is a well-organized and insightful book

What did you like best about this story?

The author gives real examples with specific girls and their situations.

Have you listened to any of Pam Ward’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I do not believe I have listened to one of her performances before.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

We need to help girls retain their childhood and not allow them to be rushed through it.

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A Must Read

A Must Read for anyone raising daughters... gives a lot of insight. Wish I had read this while my daughters were young.

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Insightful, well researched, and right on

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is an invaluable resource that allows us to get a better look inside the lives of girls, teenagers, and young women. It helped me to reflect on my own life, as I was growing up, and process many experiences and points of view I developed now with new knowledge.
Leonard Sax clearly really cares about children, (and wants to them to grow up into happy and stable adults), to have done so much research to find out why they have the problems they do, and how to solve them. I think he has done a fantastic job of illuminating things that partly were taken for granted by society, and partly were not really known or understood. I'm very grateful to him for this effort.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful