blo Teens Read and Write: Secrets Girls Keep Review & Giveaway

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Secrets Girls Keep Review & Giveaway

Secrets Girls Keep
by Carrie Sliver-Stock
Nov 2009
268 pages

This book is for every girl with a secret, which pretty much means every one. Our secrets help us, hurt us, and sometimes even haunt us beyond high school. Secrets like:

I hate the way I look.
My boyfriend yells at me.
I'm cheating my way through chemistry.
I lost my virginity and regret it.
I went to a party and didn't tell my parents.
My mom drinks too much.

By revealing the personal stories, struggles, and secrets of other teen girls, Carrie Silver-Stock shows how to deal with everyday stresses by being self-reliant, not silent, and how to get real about what matters.

I'm going a little different today by reviewing a non-fiction book. We always say no to requests to review non-fiction books but we made an exception for
Secrets Girls Keep because we thought it might be something beneficial for our followers.

I have a great home/family life and we talk about everything but this was still an interesting and informative read, full of great advice about lots of things girls deal with.

Here's a list of the Chapter Titles:
  • 7 Tips Every Girl Needs to Deal with Any Problem
  • Beauty is a Beast
  • Boys, Boys, Boys
  • Best of Friends or Worst of Enemies
  • Funky Family Stuff
  • Dealing with School, Now and Beyond
  • Are You Cyber Savvy?
  • Dealing with the Tough Stuff
  • What's Your Secret?
I also liked the way the book is laid out. That may sound shallow but when your target audience is teenage girls, you want if to be appealing to the eye or they aren't going to want to read. It is a readable format and organized in a way that is inviting to look at. There are short little blurbs tucked in on the sides and various quizzes to take throughout.

One of my favorite additions is having quotes from teenage girls talking about a personal experience that is relevant to the chapter subject. This gives the book a personal touch and a sense of real life that other girls can relate to.

Silver-Stock's voice is positive, fun and informative without sounding preachy or like she's giving a lecture. She comes across as a trusted friend giving out helpful advice.

I enjoyed this book and think is could be a positive influence for girls in general but also for someone who is having problems and could use some good advice. Hey, it's tough out there for teenage girls and every bit of good advice helps.

The official fan site is here, and Silver-Stock has a social networking site that "
provides support, advice, and tips on the issues teen girls struggle with most."


So here is a spontaneous giveaway for our followers. If you'd like it for someone you know or for yourself, just fill out the form. And, sure it's international!
I'll leave the giveaway open until Dec. 20 (11:59 PST)

To Enter:
1) You need to fill out the form below.
2) Comment on this post.

No extra points since it's just a quickie and honestly, I'm just trying to get it into the hands of someone who could really use it.

FYI: Our next MegaGiveaway will be announced next week so keep a look out!


mariska said...

i'm curious about the book Alyssa. I'm gonna fill the form :)

Katy said...

Great post, I love the cover I don't read to many nonfiction but this one sounds good.

Euphoria13 said...

Wow. Interesting. I would like to read this book.

Alyssa Kirk said...

Mariska - glad to hear it!

Caitlin - I don't either but I liked this one.

Euphoria13- Hope you filled out the form. This is great for girls!

Emily said...

I have a teenage sister who I think would really love this book!
Thanks for the contest!

Dani. said...

This one looks really good! And I have mad love for the cover:)

cait045 said...

I love the chapter titles. Can't wait to read it.

Unknown said...

How awesome - I have a preteen that I think would love this one! :)

Unknown said...

Hi :)
Thank you for the thoughtful review.
I am thinking my two daughters (age 16 and 14) would enjoy this book. And it may help them dealing with highschool girl issues.
Happy Holidays,

Martha Lawson said...

I would love to win this one for my teenage granddaughter. I think it would really be a good book for her!!

Reading said...

Looks like an interesting book. Going to fill out the form and cross my fingers.

Simply Stacie said...

Thanks for the chance.

babygirlG said...

Sounds like something I could use!

Jessica said...

This book sounds really interesting. Thanks for reviewing - I probably wouldn't have heard of it otherwise. Great review, by the way (as always). :)

Natascha De Marco said...

I want it I want it!!

Josette said...

I like the sound of this book! It would be a great read. :) BTW, is your giveaway international?


Cherry said...

Hey great inspirational read for teenagers! Very useful.

Jamie said...

Sounds interesting! I totally entered! Mega giveaway?! AWESOME!

Rebecca said...

This book looks really interesting, I know someone I think would like it.

Unknown said...

Please sign me up! I'm curious :-)

IceJewel said...

Hm,Looks interesting.But, I am 20+ :( I don't think I'll need this one..
+ I hardly read Non-fiction.Glad you liked it :) Would have entered the contest, but I don't have anyone to give to,I am the youngest in my family :)

chocowafer said...

I think I'm gonna like this book. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

Tales of Whimsy said...

What a cool review. You go girl!

Unknown said...

Great review! It sounds like something every girl should read! Thanks for the info and the contest!

Liz @ Cleverly Inked said...

Great contest!

Alyssa Kirk said...

WillowRaven- it’s nice of you to look out for her.

Dani – the cover is cool, especially for a non-fiction!

Caitlin – it has relevant stuff.

Jenn- preteens would definitely appreciate this.

RK- I think it would be very helpful.

Martha – what a sweet grandma!

Bethie – happy you entered!

Stacie – your welcome!

babygirlG- it’s a good one!

Jessica – Thanks, I’m glad I found it too.

Tashima – love that enthusiasm!

Josette – Great question! Forgot to mention that since girls around the world all have similar problems it will be international.

Cherry – I thought so too!

Jamie – Glad you entered and look for that MegaGiveaway!

Rebecca – Nice of you to think of others!

Kathrin – You’re in!

Icejewel – Nope, looks like you’ve passed through that stage. So are you as spoiled as Gregory?

Austenfan- you’re welcome!

Juju- Thanks for your support as always!

Book Snob – lots of good info for girls. You’re welcome!

Thanks for all your comments. Having never done a non-fiction review before I didn't know what to expect but this response has been great!

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Jessy said...

The way you describe the set-up of the book sounds like it would be cool.

Alyssa Kirk said...

Jessy - it's very teenage friendly.

Stacey Brucale said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win this one.

Jake Kirk@Teens Read and Write said...

Stacey - your welcome. Whoever gets it is in for a treat! Alyssa had high praise.

The Sweet Bonjour said...

This one looks so good :)

Sheere said...

The book seems good, thank you so much for the opportunity!

Alessandra said...

Totally OT and not related to the giveaway in the slightest, but I've just realized that you've changed the colour of the central column of the blog. It looks much better to me now. All that glaring red was a bit aggressive on the eyes, I find.

YA Book Queen said...

This sounds really good! It sounds like you really enjoyed it,

Sagi said...

this book sounds really interesting! i would love to read it and learn some important secrets :P thanks for the opportunity

stargirlreads said...

great contest!

Trollololol said...

I never read non-fiction books unless I have to, but this one sounds like it could be quite helpful!

I just found your blog at Bloody Bookaholic and I'm so glad I did!

Reversing The Monotony

Mandy said...

This book sounds so incredable.

ZoeyLau said...

I liked iT!!!!!!
I want to participate!

beth said...

it looks interesting.

IceJewel said...

ha ha..The definition of 'Spoiled' needs to be discussed and revised soon !!

Naah, have dealt with many problems with the help of my elder sisters !! what are they anyways for ;)

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