Monday 27 January 2020

"Find Your Girl Squad" by Dr Angharad Rudkin and Ruth Fitzgerald (Wren and Rook)

Here's a book that couldn't have arrived at a better time. I had no idea that becoming a parent would also involve a brutal lesson in human psychology that (to me at least) was entirely new, and completely all-encompassing in a young tween's life. It's absolutely incredible how the transformation into grumpy tweendom almost happens overnight, and we hear the same from just about all parents of 10+ year olds, so we know it's not just us.

Thank goodness for books like "Find Your Girl Squad" by Dr Angharad Rudkin & Ruth Fitzgerald. Books that speak to tweens and teens in their own language, which to most adults might sound like something encrypted and indecipherable.

The key messages in this book are built around loving yourself first, being happy in your own circumstances and of course in your own skin, and seeing how your nuances and character can help you find like-minded BFFs.

Having already coasted on the crest of some of the 'drama' that usually stems from school with our daughter, both my wife and I know that the landscape we might've been familiar with when we were at school has vastly changed, and continues to change - and sometimes even for teens and tweens who fully embrace it all and understand their own situations, it's quite a lot to take in.

The book takes an unusual approach. Rather than dishing up a cold 'wall of text' full of sage advice, it introduces Poppy - a character who has all sorts of the usual dilemmas tweens and teens encounter at school.

Dr Angharad Rudkin and author Ruth Fitzgerald are there to help with positive, practical advice. As you follow Poppy's trials and tribulations, you'll discover the secrets to finding your own ultimate girl squad - one which loves you for YOU.

Sum this book up in a sentence: A truly inspirational and worthy contender for your tween or teen's attention, filled with the sort of gold-dust advice that they'll need to navigate the troubled waters of senior school and beyond.

"Find your Girl Squad" by Dr Angharad Rudkin and Ruth Fitzgerald is out now, published by Wren and Rook (kindly supplied for review).