The Confidence Code for Girls: Taking Risks, Messing Up, and Becoming Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self, by Claire Shipman, Katty Kay
applezing's review against another edition
I picked this book up because it was recommended in my company's book group. I decided to select the preteen version because I figured it would be a faster read, and it was. I got the basic premise that the authors were trying to communicate in far less reading time. It didn't strike me as anything totally mind-blowing, but I'd definitely still have any future daughters of mine read it!
jasmin14's review against another edition
hopeful inspiring fast-paced
hopeful informative reflective slow-paced
informative inspiring slow-paced
I think it makes some broad generalizations about gender that aren't helpful but overall not a bad book for middle school girls.
tkmiraglia's review against another edition
My partner and I read this over a few weeks to our daughter. I loved the strategies to improve confidence. The excerpts from actual girls lives helped my daughter relate to what was being said. Some of the sections were really more for older girls (older than my daughter,I mean). I appreciate, too, that there is a whole section of both sources and resources in the back. We plan on waiting a few months and re-reading it and seeing what she gets from it with time. (4.5/5)
katiekat's review against another edition
Who you are and what you do matter way more than how you look.
Overall, this had so many helpful and encouraging ideas for young girls and it is my hope that parents would be leading with these messages already and this book would be simply supplemental. The book failed to reach 4 stars for me because of the glaring lack of a discussion of faith and confidence that comes from being a child of God. Yes, the authors have to reach a broad audience, but not even mentioning faith and a higher-being's role in giving us sense of self felt like a big missed opportunity.
atlanticgiantpumpkin's review against another edition
My only -- ONLY -- complaint about this book: the age range is entirely incorrect. 8-12? On social media? They even mention a girl having her Bat Mitzvah. That's 14. I feel like a book of this subject matter (and size) should be suited for girls ages 10-16. But I loved it. God did I love it.
This was alright but I didn't realise this was targeted towards a much younger audience and that they have an adult-ier version of the messages in this book. I reckon I will try that one because I did enjoy reading this but I was bothered by the tone.