The Drama Years by Haley Kilpatrick
Real Girls Talk About Surviving Middle School -- Bullies, Brands, Body Image, and More

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Today’s middle school girls have it rough.

In a few short years, they go through an incredible number of biological and emotional changes, making this the most formative—and riskiest—time in their lives. Groups turn on each other, a trusted childhood friend can reveal secrets by sending a text message or updating a Facebook status, and deciding where to sit in the cafeteria can be a daily struggle. As any tween will tell you, life for a middle school girl can be summed up in one word: drama.

Haley Kilpatrick’s own turbulent middle school experience inspired Girl Talk, a nonprofit organization in which high school mentors offer a “just been there” perspective to tween girls, helping them build self-esteem and develop leadership skills. Here, Haley delivers the definitive guidebook, packed with anecdotes from real girls around the country, who offer their insight into why her friends’ approval is suddenly vitally important, why she feels pressured to be perfect, why she’s no longer telling her parents everything, and what three vital things adults can offer to the girls in their lives to downplay the drama.

Filled with practical strategies from tweens and teen mentors to help adults understand what girls today are facing, The Drama Years is a must-read for anyone struggling to help girls navigate the often difficult transition into adolescence.

About Haley Kilpatrick

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Haley Kilpatrick started Girl Talk, a program to help middle school girls deal with the pressures and anxieties of being a young teen. Haley graduated from Kennesaw State University with her B.S. in communication. She travels the country speaking and motivating youth, teachers, and administrators on the importance of mentoring.Whitney Joiner is a former features editor at "Seventeen" and has contributed to a number of newspapers and magazines, including "Teen Vogue", "Glamour", "Redbook", "The New York Times", "TIME", and more.
Published April 3, 2012 by Free Press. 290 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Young Adult, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Kilpatrick began Girl Talk, a nonprofit peer-to-peer mentoring program that pairs high school girls with middle school girls in 2002 when she was 15 years old.

Feb 06 2012 | Read Full Review of The Drama Years: Real Girls T...

The deplorable behavior of "mean girls" during adolescence is hardly new, and most of us may recall who these people were, whom they iced, and what they did. Having experienced epic hurts herself, at a mere 15 years old, author Kilpatrick founded Girl Talk, a nonprofit organization now 35,000 mem...

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