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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.

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

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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...

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Mary
  • Trenton, NJ, United States
  • 11-24-11

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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Excellent

From beginning to end, this is packed with incredibly useful, very practical information that in most cases goes against the common knowledge that is steering girls (as well as everybody else) in the wrong direction. I learned a ton and it is very much poised to better my decision-making.

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Excellent book

What about Pam Ward’s performance did you like?

It was strange to hear a woman's voice when the male author wrote in first person. I would have preferred a male narrator.

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Good listening experience

Should be a must read for everyone. Lot of good contents from different perspective. Satisfactory listening experience.