2017 Book Reading Challenge 14: Surviving adolescent girls

TitleThe Princess Bitchface Syndrome 2.0: Surviving adolescent girls

Author: Dr Michael Carr-Gregg and Elly Robinson

Publisher: Penguin Books Australia

Location of publisher: Scoresby, Victoria

Year of publication: 2017

Number of pages: 212

Fiction or nonfiction: Nonfiction

Have I read this book before? No

Date I finished reading it: 6 March 2017

Genres: Psychology, parenting, mental health, teenagers, adolescents, young adults, puberty, sexuality, risk taking, online safety

Personal reflections upon reading this text:

This book is (mostly) written by an Australian man I guess you would describe as a celebrity child psychologist. He is involved in a number of reputable charities and organisations dedicated to improving family psychological health. While his books and occasional radio spots had been on my radar for some time, it wasn’t until we went to a talk he gave last year at my children’s school on how to navigate the transition from primary to secondary school that we decided to buy one of his books.

Princess Bitchface has a somewhat shock-value title but in the context of the book makes a lot more sense, as it relates to a specific anecdote. It is an excellent, quick-to-read and thoroughly researched overview of the sometimes challenging and complicated and far-too-dramatic world of adolescent girls (in this book, defined as roughly 11-early 20s). As the mother of a child in this particular demographic I found it particularly helpful in assisting me to be more patient. I realise that some of the dramas we’ve faced are in fact really normal adolescent issues and that there are straightforward, lower-stress ways of helping my daughter navigate this time in her life.

While the book is about girls, it also has plenty that could apply to boys and trans* kids, but it does generally reflect the unique needs of girls in Australian culture.