Your Body: The Girls’ Guide
(St. Martin’s Press, September 2000) has been recommended
by the media (e.g., Publishers Weekly, Amazon.com’s
Top Ten Parenting and Families List), and within three
months after its publication, had already sold over 19,000
Here’s what everyone is saying about
Your Body: The Girls’ Guide.
From Jump Magazine
Finally! A book that tells it like it is. It’s loaded
with answers to questions we were always too shy to ask,
like is dieting unhealthy and what is sex really like? Wanna
survive adolescence? Then put this front and center on your
From the Web site Momshelpmoms.com
Your Body the Girl's Guide by Janis Brody, Ph.D. is the
definitive guide for pre-teens today, covering everything
from their changing bodies, finding a sports groove, healthy
eating to making out with boys. It's a good idea for parents
to read this book before your pre-teen does in order to
go over some of the things. There are also great tips for
parents to help them be more comfortable with their child's
changing body, especially dads. Learning how to avoid saying
the wrong things is important for your child's self-esteem.
Innocent comments on a pre-teens chubby thighs have led
to eating disorders that are hard to reverse. Guiding them
[pre-teens] through this hard time is very important and
Janis gives you the tools to help you do exactly that.
Any parent who has, or plans on having a little girl,
should own at least one copy of this book.
With a growing and changing body constantly in mind, psychologist
Brody travels through the many tenuous aspects of a young
woman's development. Brody presents her readers with a multi-formatted
book that gives girls sound advice about their bodies. She
offers suggestions for building self-esteem that are incorporated
into all of her chapters, and her ideas are very practical
for young people. Once readers scan through the book, and
find the quizzes, lists, highlighted fact boxes, personal
anecdotes about Brody’s growing up, they will leaf
through this book and find something that appeals to everyone.
From School Library Journal
This guide describes how a girl's developing body can
be a source of pride, confusion, and shame, and the forces
that spark those feelings. Brody looks at hot spots that
most girls will encounter and how to combat negative experiences
and emotions. She covers self-image, menstruation, sexuality,
sports participation, nutrition and eating disorders, substance
abuse, and counseling.
From Amazon.com: Guiding and empowering our pre-teen
and teenage girls
Reviewer: A psychologist from New York City
Dr. Brody's book Your Body: The Girls' Guide is a long overdue
addition to the preteen and teen literature. As a psychologist,
I have searched long and hard for a book to recommend to
my girl patients who are entering puberty and have numerous
Dr. Brody writes with the knowledge and experience of
a psychologist; the support, guidance and comfort of an
older sister; and the understanding and insight of someone
who has stayed current with teen culture. Dr. Brody does
not bury her head in the sand when it comes to talking to
girls -- she offers facts and reassurances, a realistic
perspective on today's social climate and its impact on
girls' self-esteem, and tips for remaining healthy and in
charge. She [Dr. Brody] helps girls feel good about their
bodies and their minds, strengthening girls to hold their
own in a challenging world.From Amazon.com: Fabulous!!
Reviewer: A reader from New York, NY USA
I wish I had this book when I was a pre-teen!! The writing
is clear and informative and speaks to you like a friend
would. The sections about health and the body are wonderfully
balanced with the sections about health and the mind. A
great tour to how girls can best lay claim to their body
and spirit in a culture that can pressure them to leave
that behind. I have given it to many friends, pre-teen and
adult alike and they have all raved about it.
Girls from all over the world—from South Africa to
London to New Zealand—have e-mailed me their thoughts
about the book. Here’s what a few of them had to say.
I loved your book so much! I can't even tell you! I read
it when I'm feeling down or inferior... I read it over and
over to get every bit of information you have to give me!
Major self-confidence booster and I mean big!
— Oceana, 13, Los Angeles, California
Hey! I loved this book. There have been things I wanted
to know but I was too scared to ask anyone else because
I was embarrassed. But thanks to your book, I got a better
view of things! …I keep it by my side always.
— Melissa, age 14, Stratford, Connecticut
When I feel low, I pick up your book and instantly it
makes me feel better. The book is like a diary. I write
comments in it and circle the quiz section so I can remember
later what I was thinking.
— Tanya, age 13, Canada
I learned more from your book than from anywhere. Reading
this book made me actually think that loving me for who
I am is really cool and I decided to give it a try. Now
I feel better, I eat better, I exercise better, and I even
made my friends feel better about themselves too! Thank
you …for changing my life.
— Jessica, age 15, New York City
Well the book help me a lot … i was getting in a
deep shit with this boy and he was trying to get me to have
sex with him. With this book i could say no because this
is not what i want to do. ..the book was right on time in
— Keta , 16, Cleveland, Ohio
My mom gave it to me because she thinks I worry too much
about my weight, looks, makeup, etc. Now I'm not like that!
— Sarah, age 14, Los Angeles, California
I thought your book was great. I took ALL the quizzes
and found out a lot about myself, including the fact that
I had an eating disorder. I got help though, because you
also explained how … YOU’RE A LIFESAVER! I will
cherish your book forever.
— Alexis, age 14, Delaware
Your book was a major help! Some girls called me flat
and you know what I said—“Don't lay on me because
you’re insecure about yourself,” and she walked
— Lisa, Age 15, Pittsfield, Pennsylvania
It told me about the things that are happening to my body
without making me feel embarrassed to sit there and read
— Brittney, 10, Las Vegas, Nevada
This book makes me realize that there are other people
going through the same exact thing that I am going through.
Sometimes I feel like I can't talk to anyone about myself,
and this book has made me realize that I should, and that
I should be proud of myself emotionally and physically.
All girls should read this book.
— Kim, age 16, New Jersey
…You have taught me to love myself more both inside
and outside, total respect for my body, and all the dramatic
changes going through my life….
— Georgiana, 16, Bridgeport, Connecticut
My parents got it for me when I became a pre-teen. Thank
you mom and dad!
— Eliza, 11, New York City