We are living in the age of the image - the perfect image. From the constant bombardment of air-brushed photos, to the dubious lifestyle choices promoted by celebrities and the obsession with social media, young women are under pressure as never before to project a persona of perfection. And this is having a catastrophic effect, with girls as young as seven developing eating disorders and female self-loathing reaching epidemic proportions.
Face shows you how to resist the pressure from the 'perfection police'
and take off the masks you wear to proudly reveal your true self to the
world. In chapters dealing with body image, bullying, social media,
love, sex and more, Siobhan Curham encourages young women and girls to
be honest, dream big, and create lives that are happy and fulfilling.
Keep Calm and Carry On is replaced by a new mantra: Forget the Fake and
Keep it Real. This book is a breath of fresh air. Perfect for ages 13+ -
and for the Girls fan in her 20s/30s too!
Author: Siobhan Curham
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Date of Publication: April 2015
Source: Review copy from the publisher
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I received a free copy of this book from Faber&Faber in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my review/opinions in any way. Thank you Faber&Faber!
As soon as Siobhan Curham said she was going to write this, I knew it would be important, accurate and genuine. Her other non-fiction for teens, Finding Your Inner Cherokee, was all of those things, and I knew this would be too.
True Face is different to most teen self-help books, because it doesn't sugar coat. It doesn't tell you that things will get better within a day, it doesn't try and tell you that someone will definitely like you if you work up the courage to ask them out.
Another thing it does is have pages that are activities, journal pages if you like, as part of your journey to finding your true face. It also have tweets that are empowering that you can tweet at various intervals when reading.
I think this is important because it talks about the general areas of being a teen, but it homes in on the idea of how a lot of teenagers fake who they are and that then, in turn, affects other areas of their lives.
True Face also has some anecdotes from some teenagers (including me!) and they are easy to relate to and show that it's true what the adults tell you, that you aren't alone in what you're feeling and experiencing. That's so important to me because it took me so many years to realise that I wasn't alone; there were other people in the same boat.
This book is so significant and I think every school should have a copy in their library; it made me realise that I was doing things that I didn't know I was, and it's empowered me a lot from a simple read. I wish I'd had it a couple of years ago - I think it would have done a world of good.