The 5 Best Books for Your Teen: Self Help For Teenage Girls of 2021

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Today's teens face mounting pressures and expectations from school, society, and yes, even parents. In fact, their stress levels are on par with that of adults, according to the American Psychological Association.

The following self-help books can guide your teenage daughter during the trying times of being an adolescent in today's fast-paced, tech-driven world—and parents will gain a few tips from them, too!

Our Top Picks


Chocolate for a Teen's Soul: Life-Changing Stories for Young Women About Growing Wise and Growing Strong

Chocolate For A Teen's Soul: Life-changing Stories For Young Women About Growing Wise And Growing Strong Paperback – August 8, 2000
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Chocolate for a Teen's Soul features 55 tales of life and love as a teenager from bestselling author Kay Allenbaugh. Highlights from this collection include stories of best friends, first loves and heartbreaks, and the hope and innocence gleaned in navigating the real world and finding a first job.


The Real Rules for Girls

The Real Rules for Girls
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The bold and brassy writing style of author Mindy Morgenstern empowers teenage girls to think for themselves and take control of their own life. Featuring inspiring quotes from powerful women, The Real Rules for Girls offers nuggets of wisdom such as "The football captains of today are the burger jockeys of tomorrow," and advice like "You be the judge, Judy." Even parents will benefit from this much-needed reminder: "Everyone's family is as freaky as yours."


Guys and a Whole Lot More: Advice for Teen Girls on Almost Everything!

Guys and a Whole Lot More: Advice for Teen Girls on Almost Everything!
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Written in a Q&A format, author Susie Shellenberger tackles common issues that preoccupy the mind of a typical teenage girl. Written especially for Christian teens, Shellenberger chronicles everything from boys to braces to biological changes, and covers important topics like body image.


A Girl's Guide to Growing Up

A Girl's Guide to Growing Up: Making the Right Choices Paperback – March, 2000
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Author Judith Greenberg begins each chapter with a poem by a teenage girl. A Girl's Guide to Growing Up covers complex issues like school, risky behaviors, dating, sex, self-esteem, eating disorders, and cliques. Drawing from real-life examples and situations, Greenberg includes expert guidance and advice from counselors, doctors, and consultants.


Get Over It: How to Survive Breakups, Back-Stabbing Friends, and Bad Haircuts

Get Over It! How To Survive Break-ups, Back Stabbing Friends, And Bad (Teen Magazine) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2000
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From a contributing editor at Teen magazine, author Beth Mayall uses quizzes, top ten lists, and sidebar notes to deliver customizable advice to teenage girls. The theme throughout Get Over It is simple: Calmly confront the problem, express your feelings and needs, and move on to a solution—even if it means saying goodbye to a relationship or abandoning a plan.

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