She introduced us to the world of the Mean Girls – and now Rosalind Wiseman is coming for our daughters.
The author of Queen Bees & Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends & Other Realities of Adolescence, has come out with the hot teen lit pick for winter.
A follow-up to the 2003 non-fiction piece that opened the door to discussions on female bullying, Wiseman’s first novel, Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials, hit shelves today. Centered around teenaged Charlie Healey’s attempts to escape one high school clique only to find the next stumbling block is boys . . . and frenemies who can’t be left behind . . . it’s a refreshing change from the recent trend in YA fare – a la Twilight.
Charlie manages to come out on the sane side of boy crazy, and the look at “mean boys” balances out Wiseman’s overall message: high school is not for the faint of heart. Rife with themes that are the backbone of Wiseman’s teen empowerment program, Owning Up, it manages to relay them in story form without condescension.
If there’s one failing, I’ll admit disappointment in the crafting – Boys, Girls, etc. is the essence of a teen novel, but it doesn’t have the crossover potential that attracts adult readers. But those days are behind you Mom – this is now her fight . . . and her book.
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