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The Truth: I'm a Girl, I'm Smart and I Know Everything Paperback – January 1, 2008

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A very slim, diary-like book, The Truth (I'm a Girl, I'm Smart and I Know Everything) is the sort of book
that appeals to girls and grown women alike. It is sweet and somewhat sadly nostalgic. Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein lays
out this story in the form of a young girl s diary, with all the high emotions, fears and joys of that time of life. It
brings us back to remembering small happinesses, allowing them to make us glow - instead of steeping the all-importance
of bills, chores and work. This is a very different kind of self-help book. Each page is dated and begins with the
expected Dear Diary.... Each page offers an insight or a note of something to remember for when she is an adult. The
Girl, whose life we get to peek in on, begins with an entry on September 20th, after a foreword scratched into the first
page of the book: ....This is the real truth. This is where I will write everything I don t want to forget, starting
tomorrow! She writes her fears about growing up, the physical and emotional realities she faces. She writes of her
confusion and pain as her parents fight. She writes about her first crush, of being in love for the first time with a
boy named Paul, whose name is doodled in her diary in a little heart. It is an almost daily commentary in a painfully
familiar and immature voice about the things that we, as adults, have forgotten really do matter. Right from the
beginning are big truths that can bottom out an adult heart. The sincerity and simple reality of the statements cannot
be ignored. I hate my mother sometimes. I finally asked her how I will know when I need a bra? She just walked back into
the kitchen saying, 'You re too young. You should be out playing or doing chores.' I shouldn t have bothered. It seems
that too often the important questions of life are brushed off for any number of reasons. Reading the frustrations of
this one girl, we can be reminded that regardless of the answers, the questioners deserve attention and respect. Simpler
truths are laid out as well: The truth is people shouldn t make fun of you. It really hurts. and If you feel pretty,
then you look pretty. These are little things in life that can have a profound effect on how we live on a daily basis,
and big things we can teach to encourage our girls as they grow from child to woman. The sheer veracity and real
importance of the youthful feelings in The Truth cannot be denied. It should be woven into every girl s world, whether
she is just beginning in life or being reminded when she is much older. From personal experience, it is also a wonderful
book for mothers and daughters to share. --Carolynn Evans-2008 for curled up with a good kids book

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About the Author
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Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist, is the creator of The Enchanted
Self®, a systematic way of helping bring more joy, meaning, and purpose into our lives. Dr. Holstein has been a school
psychologist for over 25 years. She also taught first and second grades. She is in private practice as a psychologist
for over 25 years, with her husband, Dr. Russell M. Holstein, in Long Branch, New Jersey. You can find Dr. Holstein on
the web at www.enchantedself.com and www.thetruthforgirls.com and can write to her at drbarbara@enchantedself.com.

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