Book Review- The Truth: I'm a Girl, I'm Smart and I Know Everything by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein

Product Description

THE TRUTH is a delightful, humorous secret diary, written by a girl who is 10-11 years of age. She is wise and yet innocent. Her words acknowledge those priceless truths that we all knew as kids. She makes us cry and laugh and see ourselves. Everybody loves reading her thoughts, secrets, adventures and solutions to difficult problems. Girls are naturally curious and this book gives them a real opportunity to see how a girl like themselves in so many ways handles her toughest problems and most personal thoughts. Mom can read the book along with her daughter and not only be brought back to herself as a youngster, but find on every page relevant topics for discussion with her daughter. How do you handle a bully? How do you handle a crush on a boy? What about teasing? How do you find time to listen to your daughter? Do we have enough fun together? What really matters? There is space right within the book for the girl and or mom to make notes or her own diary entries. The book ends with discussion ideas that can also open up whole new areas of topics for mom and daughter or the young reader and other members of her family, friends, or teachers. Behind this very easy read, written by a positive psychologist with over 25 years of clinical experience, is the psychological message to the girls reading THE TRUTH that they can and must keep the fire and passion of their girlhoods as they grow up and have the courage to carry the most precious parts of themselves into adulthood.. For parents the book is a way back to what made them feel most special at 10 or 11. Once parents are back in the place where their kids live, then listening, trust and real sharing can begin. Every girl and ever parent wants this kind of TRUTH!

Product Details

* Reading level: Ages 9-12
* Paperback: 112 pages
* Publisher: The Enchanted Self Press (January 1, 2008)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 0979895200
* ISBN-13: 978-0979895203

Author's Bio

This book review is part of a series that covers the topic of Positive Psychology. The Official Guide to Positive Psychology is Barbara Becker Holstein. Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein is the originator of The Enchanted Self(R). She has been a positive psychologist in private practice and licensed in the states of New Jersey and Massachusetts since 1981. She is currently in private practice in Long Branch, New Jersey with her husband, Dr. Russell M. Holstein. For more information, visit

My Thoughts

I liked the book "The Truth". It's a cute book and I enjoyed reading the secret diary of a ten-year-old girl. At times, I chuckled out loud remembering that the author's chosen words describing the girls feelings were my feelings exactly. So what makes this a winning book is the universal connection of putting feelings into words that all girls and grown up girls can relate to. I believe the author did a superb job in this being her main focus. In today's world, girls are in need of knowing how much they are loved through all the emotional and physical changes they endure. For all the princesses out there, this is a great book for self-awareness, self-acceptance, and good self-esteem. The Truth (I'm a girl, I'm smart and I know everything) is a light, easy read. 5 stars. The only thing I didn't like about the book was the small size of the font and words typed above dotted lines made it more difficult to read for me.

Thanks to Pump Up Your Book Promo for the opportunity to review this great book. You can purchase the book here:

The Truth: I'm a Girl, I'm Smart and I Know Everything

Warmest Regards,
~ LadyD

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