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Odd Girl Speaks Out: Girls Write about Bullies, Cliques, Popularity, and Jealousy

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Publisher Comments:

The national bestseller Odd Girl Out exposed a hidden culture of cruelty that had always been quietly endured by American girls. As Rachel Simmons toured the country, these girls found their voices and spoke to her about their pain. They wanted to talk-and they weren't the only ones. Mothers, teachers, counselors, young professional women, even fathers, came to Rachel with heart-wrenching personal stories that could no longer be kept secret.

Here, Rachel creates a safe place for girls to talk, rant, sound off, and find each other. The result is a collection of wonderful accounts of the inner lives of adolescent girls. Candid and disarming, creative and expressive, and always exceptionally self-aware, these poems, songs, confessions, and essays form a journal of American girlhood. They show us how deeply cruelty flows and how strongly these girls want to change.

Odd Girl Out helped girls find their voices; Odd Girl Speaks Out helps them tell their stories.

I'm always the odd girl out

No one talks to me

I try to be friendly and speak out

But I'm invisible, see?

You know, gossip is a natural thing in high school. I'm one of those girls that will

do it right in front of you. I'll whisper at my friends and look at you the whole time.

Then we'll all cut up laughing. You know we're talking about you.

My best friend and I started being friends with this other girl. But she was fat. It was hard because she always wanted to go down the slide second and she would crush us. We didn't want to tell her she was fat, so we decided to drop her. Her mother called my mother and

told her we were being mean. But we just couldn't be friends with her anymore.

-from Odd Girl Speaks Out

Synopsis:

"I know I can't erase the searing loneliness of being an odd girl out. Yet I hope this book will give girls a sense of community, an opportunity to share strategies and solace, and most of all, the knowledge that even the worst kind of heartbreak improves with time."-Rachel Simmons

Odd Girl Out, a breakout bestseller by Rachel Simmons, has become "required reading for young girls and their mothers."* In the wake of its success and as part of her ongoing work with girl aggression, Rachel invited her readers to describe their own experiences of being bullied or bullying. The letters, essays, and poems in this book are culled from the resulting submissions from girls across the country. In addition to their stories, Rachel offers advice throughout the book, giving girls both voice to their feelings and strategies for the future.

"I would go to the bathroom and cry in the stall for twenty minutes or so. It was like I was in a never-ending nightmare. I was buried in a cold black hole where no one cared or understood."-Age 14

"We did other little ‘harmless stuff, like make up rumors and whine to teachers … to make it seem like she was horrible. She still doesnt know why I was so mean to her."-Age 13 "I want to help people who are experiencing what I am, and most importantly I want everyone to know that no matter how bad things seem, they do get better … I got better."-Age 17

RACHEL SIMMONS, best-selling author of Odd Girl Out and The Curse of the Good Girl, is an educator, coach, and cofounder of the Girls Leadership Institute. She has appeared on Today, Oprah, and other major shows, hosted a PBS special, and writes frequently for Teen Vogue.

*Boston Globe

About the Author

Rachel Simmons graduated from Vassar in 1996, where she studied women's studies and political science. In 1998, a Rhodes Scholarship for study at Oxford launched her research of female bullying and girls' psychology, leading to Odd Girl Out. She has worked in politics in Washington, D.C., and New York City and lives in Brooklyn.

Table of Contents

A NOTE FROM RACHEL SIMMONS o vii

THE SOUND OF A GIRL'S VOICE

Introduction

"WHY IS IT MY FAULT THAT

I DON'T WANT TO BE HER FRIEND?":

Moving On, Growing Apart

"A NEVER-ENDING NIGHTMARE":

When Friends Turn On You

"IT'S THE WAY GIRLS SURVIVE":

Aggression, Fear, and Revenge

"I WANTED TO FIT IN SO BADLY":

Life as the Odd Girl Out

FINDING YOUR INNER STRENGTH

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156028158
Author:
Simmons, Rachel
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Location:
Orlando
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
Social Psychology
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Girls
Subject:
Students & Student Life
Subject:
Bullying
Subject:
Interpersonal relations in children
Subject:
Interpersonal conflict in children.
Subject:
Aggressiveness in children
Subject:
Cliques
Subject:
Developmental - Adolescent
Subject:
Adolescence - General
Subject:
General Current Events
Subject:
Adolescence
Subject:
Psychology-Child Psychology
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
108-113
Publication Date:
20040131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9 to 12
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.51 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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"Synopsis" by , "I know I can't erase the searing loneliness of being an odd girl out. Yet I hope this book will give girls a sense of community, an opportunity to share strategies and solace, and most of all, the knowledge that even the worst kind of heartbreak improves with time."-Rachel Simmons

Odd Girl Out, a breakout bestseller by Rachel Simmons, has become "required reading for young girls and their mothers."* In the wake of its success and as part of her ongoing work with girl aggression, Rachel invited her readers to describe their own experiences of being bullied or bullying. The letters, essays, and poems in this book are culled from the resulting submissions from girls across the country. In addition to their stories, Rachel offers advice throughout the book, giving girls both voice to their feelings and strategies for the future.

"I would go to the bathroom and cry in the stall for twenty minutes or so. It was like I was in a never-ending nightmare. I was buried in a cold black hole where no one cared or understood."-Age 14

"We did other little ‘harmless stuff, like make up rumors and whine to teachers … to make it seem like she was horrible. She still doesnt know why I was so mean to her."-Age 13 "I want to help people who are experiencing what I am, and most importantly I want everyone to know that no matter how bad things seem, they do get better … I got better."-Age 17

RACHEL SIMMONS, best-selling author of Odd Girl Out and The Curse of the Good Girl, is an educator, coach, and cofounder of the Girls Leadership Institute. She has appeared on Today, Oprah, and other major shows, hosted a PBS special, and writes frequently for Teen Vogue.

*Boston Globe

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