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Body Drama

January 11th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Books

As the mother of a teenaged girl, I am intimately familiar with THE DRAMA. Everything in our house is a drama.

Nancy Amanda Redd has written a thoughtful book for teenaged girls appropriately entitled Body Drama: Real Girls, Real Bodies, Real Issues, Real Answers. Nancy Reed, a former Miss America swim suit winner has written a book talking to teenage girls about their bodies and the questions they might be too embarrassed to ask parent or even their friends.

Body Drama is broken down into Chapters covering such subjects as Skin, Boobs, Down There, Hair Mouth and Nails and Shape. Within each of those Chapters it explores such questions as “I have acne on my butt and back.” It then explains what’s going on, how to deal with the problem and probably the most important aspect to a teenager, “what to do if they notice.”

Body Drama is not for the feint of heart; it includes unretouched (at least I hope so) photos of butt acne, stretch marks, naked girls, bare breasts and vulvas. Yes you read that right. Vulvas. The photos are tastefully done and relevant to the subject being discussed.

The book provides useful information without sounding preachy or condescending. It is written in a way that teenagers can relate to and understand.

This is a great book for a teenaged girl.

This is a review for Mother Talk where readers and writers connect—through blog tours, podcasts, radio, a writers’ community, and more.

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  • 1 SparklieSunShine // Jan 11, 2008 at 9:32 am

    I was worried when you said written by a swimsuit model. I was prepared for the negative. This book sounds great!

    One of the things that empowered me most as a teenager was seeing pictures of real naked women’s bodies for the first time. Even vulvas! As someone with older brothers I had, as I am sure most girls have, seen pictures of naked women in pornographic magazines. I didn’t know that they don’t have normal bodies. That they have fake breasts, shaded everything, bleached body parts and sometimes even vulvas that they have gotten work done on. This left me feeling like my body was different. That I wasn’t normal. (perhaps this is something for my blog, lol)

    Anyway, I am thrilled to see they are coming out with new books like these. I think it is a very good thing.

    Found you via Dutch Blitz.

  • 2 MotherTalk » Blog Archive » “Body Drama” by Nancy Amanda Redd // Jan 11, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    [...] a mother of a teenage girl, My Own Circle of Confusion was the perfect reviewer for this book.  “The book provides useful information without [...]

  • 3 Leanne // Jan 14, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Ummm. Interesting. I’m gonna have to find this one and take a look at it. I wonder if I get it for my thirteen year old daughter if I’m going to be able to stop the ten year old son from stealing it!

  • 4 cce // Jan 14, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    The fact that this book exists is a good thing…the fact that it was written by a swimsuit model is unfortunate but, hey, she with the good idea sallies forth and prospers. Thanks for the recommendation.

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