Kid’s Book Review: A Girl’s Guide to Being Fearless

Kid’s Book Review: A Girl’s Guide to Being Fearless

About the Book and Authors

This is a self-help guide for teenage girls that is super-relevant for the challenging world that teens are growing-up and forging their identity in.

Written by experts Suzie Lavington and Dr Andy Cope who say that there is little to be gained by asking girls to stop taking selfies or using Instagram filters, because these habits are ingrained in teenage culture. Instead, guidance is provided on how girls can take action to increase their confidence and love the skin they are in. Moreover, it’s about learning to be a class act in person and online.

The content divided into chapters with subject headings but it is intended to be read from front to back as Suzie’s knowledge and advice (shared in a youthful voice) is cumulative in that it builds on what was said in earlier chapters.

The factual information is presented with interesting fonts and colours; using diagrams and charts and designed to make it user-friendly, easily digestible and most importantly – not dull!

It is not just applicable to a teenage girl in crisis or full of self-doubt – we could all benefit from listening to the authors’ wisdom and encouragement to be proud of who we are: Brilliant, Brave and Resourceful Individuals.

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After graduating from Bristol University with a BA in Drama, Suzie Lavington started her career in film ‘off-camera’. After she’d had enough of making tea for famous actors and longing to trade places, she trained at Drama Studio London and made an almost living in theatre for the next decade.

She designed and delivers the workshop ‘A Girl’s Guide to Being Fearless’, which builds self-esteem, confidence, kindness and resilience in teenage girls. The workshop was turned into this book in 2020, and promptly became an Amazon Bestseller. Her mission is to get it into the hands and heads of young women everywhere… because high self-esteem and deep-down confidence should be every girl’s prerogative.

C0-writer Andy Cope aka Dr. of Happiness is a sought-after keynote speaker and authority on employee engagement, wellbeing and human flourishing.

Andy is also a best-selling children’s author. His ‘Spy Dog’ series has sold in excess of a million copies worldwide and his non-fiction books are frequently on the best-sellers list. ‘The Art of Being Brilliant’, ‘Shine’, ‘The Little Book of Emotional Intelligence’ and ‘Zest’ have all topped the personal development charts. ‘Happiness Route Map’ was nominated as The Independent’s best self-help book of 2018.

In an attempt to bring the messages to a younger audience Andy has also penned ‘The Art of Being a Brilliant Teenager’ and ‘Diary of a Brilliant Kid’.

You can visit the website to find out more about their workshops.

Book Review

It is understanding about difficult times in life, and aims to help you carry on living to be the best you can

A Girl’s Guide to Being Fearless by Suzie Lavington and Dr Andy Cope is a book designed to build positive self-esteem in teenage girls.

This is a non-fiction book, and is very enjoyable to read. It involves chapters on things including how to cope with bullying, how to keep a positive attitude about life and how to use your phone, tablet or other electronic devices responsibly.

The book addresses difficult issues, and gives you ways to pull through them and accept that they’re another part of life. It is understanding about difficult times in life, and aims to help you carry on living to be the best you canIt is understanding about difficult times in life, and aims to help you carry on living to be the best you can.

I enjoyed this book because it is put together to provide a different way of seeing things, and also gives good advice that you might never have thought to try. It involves science behind the things it suggests and is written in a way that is easy to understand.

The book is fun to read, involving boxes containing facts and sayings that help to explain points. Humour is also a major part of the book, with certain parts purpose-made to be funny. The images throughout the book are fun sketches that are either there to mark the beginning of a chapter or to illustrate a point.

Suzie Lavington is a mother, and has experienced many of the things that are addressed in the book, and can compare older children’s self-esteem to younger children’s self-esteem well, using comparisons throughout the book

Dr Andy Cope provides quotations through the book, and as a scientist, is able toprovide scientific and accurate predictions of a growing girl’s emotions. This is especially valid in the book, as it allows us to prepare for the most likely ups and downs we will face as we grow.

I would recommend this book for girls aged eleven to sixteen, but older and younger people can enjoy it too.

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Junior Reviewer Margaret
  • Name: Margaret
  • Age: 12 years
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