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Publisher's Summary

When boys act out, get into fights, or become physically aggressive, we can't avoid noticing their bad behavior. But it is easy to miss the subtle signs of aggression in girls: the dirty looks, the taunting notes, or the exclusion from the group, that send girls home crying. In Odd Girl Out, Rachel Simmons focuses on these interactions and provides language for the indirect aggression that runs through the lives and friendships of girls. These exchanges take place within intimate circles, the importance of friends and the fear of losing them is key. Without the cultural consent to express their anger or to resolve their conflicts, girls express their aggression in covert but damaging ways. Every generation of women can tell stories of being bullied, but Odd Girl Out explores and explains these experiences for the first time.
Journalist Rachel Simmons sheds light on destructive patterns that need our attention. With advice for girls, parents, teachers, and even school administrators, Odd Girl Out is a groundbreaking work that every woman will agree is long overdue.
©2002 Rachel Simmons (P)2002 Recorded Books
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Critic Reviews

"Ruth Ann Phimister is an earnest and sincere narrator....This book is an important addition to the research on bullying, and this audio presentation makes it easy to follow." (AudioFile)
"Bolstered with numerous revealing anecdotes and quotes, Odd Girl Out does an excellent job of articulating to adults exactly the pain and subtle warfare that many teen girls experience, and Simmons offers thoughtful motivations for both bullies and the parents who are reluctant to rein them in. She also offers admirable, groundbreaking insight into an all-too-common issue and will be invaluable to any adult struggling to help a girl get through her teens." (Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Cynthia on 10-17-04

Compelling and informative

Every mother of a girl should read this book. My 8 year old daughter is in the early stage of struggling with these very issues. This is a book that raises your level of awareness and will hopefully leave you better equipped to help your daughter handle the ups and downs of her social world.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Linda on 11-24-07


I've tried several times to write a review for this book, but was unable to complete one until now, because of the emotion that overwhelms me. I was the odd girl out through my high school years and couldn't speak of it at home, for the attitude was, "well, what did you do to deserve it?"

Every mother of a daughter and every teacher of girls needs to read this book and recognize the silent suffering of the girls in their care. Just because there are no physical bruises doesn't mean there's no damage done. Please let's acknowledge and treat this area of "silent aggression" for the sake of our daughters, sisters and girls everywhere.

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