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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

REVIEW for 30 Days to Finding and Keeping Sassy Sidekicks and BFFS

A thank you goes out to Knopf Delacorte Dell Young Readers Group for sending me this absolutely wonderful little book.

TITLE: 30 Days to Finding and Keeping Sassy Sidekicks and


AUTHOR: Clea Hantman

GENRE: Young Readers

RATING: 4 Stars

I received this book and instantly fell in love with it. However, I am an adult and was not in a position to really test the recommendations in the book so I enlisted the help of my friend's 13 year old daughter. So this review is really a mixture of my comments and hers.

First of all Hailey loved the bright pink cover. It would appear that Hailey is a lover of all things pink and I think the marketing department did a great job of making this as eye catching as possible. She also loved the title, especially the BFF part - which of course stands for Best Friend Forever. She immediately started reading the book and jotting down notes.

From my point of view I was already in love with this book for the things it was not! It was not an IPOD or email, or electronic diary. Here is a book that you can actually carry around with you, read and put notes, opinions and feelings in. Nobody can have illegal access to it and it can be kept right under your bed if you want to keep it there.

I am a big fan of writing things down in my little notebook - which I carry around with me. When I write in my journal - I actually write. I do blog and do email, but if I had a choice, I would do it all my hand. This was a HUGE factor in me even considering having Hailey review this book. I thought it was a great idea to create a little book that was both informative and could double up as a diary where she could write her thoughts and feelings - away from any prying eyes!

Hailey has finished reading this book in two days (even though this book is actually suppose to be more of a page a day for the next 30 days kind of a read) and tells me that there is a lot of fun ideas in the book. She is not sure that all of them will work, especially the "how to make friends" part. Hailey is a tad on the bookishly shy side so this will be a bit of a challenge for her - but she said that she would give the suggestions a try and that she was going to keep the book and basically do the one page a day read and follow the guidelines.

I personally liked the sections - especially those that deal with the hard part of being a young girl about to enter puberty or for those who have just started puberty and are wondering what the heck is going on. I have asked Hailey if she is going to do the activity at the end of each day and she said that she has already started and that so far, they are fun!

This book is based on friendship - how to be a friend and how to find a friend and is written in a wonderfully balanced way. I did not hesitate to recommend it to my friend's daughter and I am glad that I did - its about time that we try to get our girls away from the techno world and introduce them to what things like being a best friend really mean.

Okay, I am off my soapbox now!


Alea said...

I'm rather interested to read this one as well, glad you guys enjoyed it!

bermudaonion said...

We need more books like this one!

Wall-to-wall books said...

I like that you actually got a "young person" to read it too. It sound fun and I love the title!

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