When I had another opportunity to review a book with my soon-to-be teenage daughter, I was really excited and jumped at the chance. We both had a very positive experience reading Tindell Baldwin's "Popular", and I have heard so many wonderful things about Beth Moore, that I was looking forward to reading "So Long Insecurity, Teen Edition".
First of all, this book is more like a magazine. It has a lot of short articles and features topics like fashion, media, boys, popularity, etc. With tons of pictures, it is fabulous for even girls that don't really enjoy reading.
As a homeschooling mom of a very mature twelve-year-old, I felt really out of touch with what is going on in the "teen" world. I know I've seen teen girls around... but they certainly don't dress like the girls in the book. These girls, who were supposed to be portraying "average" teen-aged girls, looked more like models or girls who have an unlimited clothing allowance from well-to-do-parents. As a matter of fact, my daughter, who is normally her own person and truly happy in her own skin, went through a period of feeling insecure(!!!) after looking at the pictures and feeling that she was coming up short in the fashion department.
That aside, I really thought the written words and quizzes were really valuable. So, I realize that this book is trying to reach a certain audience, but I'm not so sure we were it.
When I first saw this book, I thought, " Hey, look at this book! It seems fun!" But when I read it, I was extremely discouraged. Beth Moore went on saying how models and girls you see in magazines are so fake, but if you look at the pictures, the girls have flawless skin, the newest clothes, perfect hair, etc. It made me think, "If real girls look like that, then I am so ugly."
Beth Moore had a lot of good things to say. The thing is that I am very secure, but when I read the the book it made me feel anything but.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a free copy of this book by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.