By Jessie Paege
You will probably want to have a notebook (or a journal) and pen handy for this one. I have to admit that I read this workbook only because Jessie Paege is nineteen-years-old and I wondered how well she could connect with the middle school set. Turns out that Jessie remembers what it is like to be a tender and sensitive young girl, filled with wonderful (and sometimes confusing) emotions. Perhaps we never actually outgrow that. Jessie also knows that the first step toward gaining confidence and self-esteem is to get to know and (in so doing) get to LIKE yourself. Her book helps girls do just that. This book has no judgement, no popular role models, no one-size-fits-all standards, and no psychological self-help. Simply, it is a best friend with whom to sit quietly, share you thoughts, and slowly reveal how truly wonderful and interesting you are. For ages about 12 and up. [There are some great things in here about social media, too. However, even if your child is not on social media, she can still get a lot out of this book.] So flip through it and see what you think. If you decide to check it out, remember that you may need to stop on the way home to pick up a notebook and pen.