Submitter: This one is from my own library at home. Just to show even those of us who work in libraries can hold onto awful books!
The real title of this should probably be “The Teen My Mother Wants Me To Be.” She’s trying to claim this was a school project but judging from the writing inside I was in 6th grade when I got this. (Yes, I couldn’t spell “pretty” correctly in 6th grade, apparently. Nor “blonde.” To be fair I was going through some things and just Did Not Care at that point.) And since my 6th grade teacher believed that people should take a bath once every 3 days and never use antiperspirant or mouthwash – according to her Listerine was poisoning our water table – I sincerely doubt she gave this to any of us girls as a school project. (She also used to say that robots were going to take over all our jobs and it was all Reagan’s fault and that we’d all die in the coming ice age due to global cooling.)
Holly: This is not a self-esteem booster. It feels like a “you’re not good enough but if you try these techniques you might have some friends” book. It is also too old to be useful or interesting to today’s teenagers. (It doesn’t tell you how to get more Facebook friends, so it’s basically useless.)