Book Review: The Truth (I’m a girl, I’m smart and I know everything)

516pv5-6kl_aa240_.jpgToday, I am so excited to review the book: The Truth (I’m a girl, I’m smart and I know everything) by Dr Barbara Becker Holstein. Recently I have been getting a lot of books to review on my blog and have not really connected with any of them…until Dr Barbara contacted me and asked if she could send me this book, and if I liked it, to participate in her virtual book tour today, April 2nd.

I was a little nervous when I first got it, a tiny little book that looks and feels a bit like a diary with a bright cover. At first, I was thinking how can a little book make such a big statement? Well, I hunkered down with my big cup of ginger tea on my glida-rocker and began reading.

Ok, did Dr Barbara get a hold of my old diary? I think the diary I had in middle school also started with the line:

“I am in Love.”

Of course, my first love was a Josh, not a Paul (like Dr Barbara’s muse)…and can I also just mention that my birthday is 5-5-85 and his birthday is 8-8-85 and what other sign in the world is there that we are not destined to be together? I mean, hello…soul mates, wedding toast opener, Leos and Taurus’s are perfect for each other.

Note: I am not currently as creepy as I was in 7th grade during my stalker period…I hope no one he knows is reading this blog. (If you know a Josh from LA with the birthday 8-8-85, just don’t mention me)

Anyway, back to this incredibly endearing 10 year-old main character. The book is written out like a 10 year-olds diary and the thoughts that go through her head and the situations she encounters. As I kept reading (such a fun, breezy read), I kept feeling like ‘I was this girl’, or even that ‘I am this girl.’

It is amazing that I sometimes have the same insecurities as a 10 year-old. It was then, that I realized two things:

  1. I need to review this book.
  2. Even though it is a fun and easy read, it is not a dessert book–it tackles hard topics and deep issues in a non-threatening, eye-opening kind of way.

At the end of the book (I am not going to tell you what happens with Paul), there are a series of questions parents can ask kid readers to talk to their kids about the issues in the book. I LOVE this, the fact that I can read it as a 22 year-old, my mom could read it, my little sister can read it and we could all take away a great message and have something to talk about.

I hope that if you have a kids birthday coming up, you will consider buying this little piece of cake book and post some of your take-aways on this post for others!

Buy here:

The Truth: I’m a Girl, I’m Smart and I Know Everything

2 Responses to “Book Review: The Truth (I’m a girl, I’m smart and I know everything)”

  1. Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
    April 2, 2008 at 12:28 pm #

    Dear Vanessa, I loved the review! You really put into words what I was trying to put into words! No, I didn’t know about your secret love but I sure knew about mine and so many secret crushes that other women, both young and old have told me about. Vanessa, you made me think, what did I start my fourth grade diary with? I’ll have to go up in the attic and hunt for it!

    For those others reading this commen,I had the pleasure of interviewing
    Vanessa on my radio show “Kids, Tweens and Teens, A Positive Psychologist Looks at all Three” on We discussed her book, You’re grounded! and it was such fun to talk. The talk is archived -go to my name and look for the show on March 31, 2008.

    Thanks again, Vanessa! Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein


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