A Young Woman’s Survival Guide Book Review
The Young Woman’s Survival Guide is a health book directed towards teenage/college-aged females. The book is soft-cover and has black-and-white pages on the inside. The book contains 130 pages which are divided into 11 different chapters. In an odd format, the book is about eight inches tall while being over a foot long in length. It makes the book a bit difficult to read while having the book sit up, but when the book lays flat on a table, it’s easier.
The book is set-up in a question and answer format. Instead of just presenting information, each paragraph is preceded by a question which the paragraph answers. For someone like me who knows a lot about sexuality, this made it extremely easy to find out which things would be worth reading. For those who don’t know, it’s still useful since this book does cover the basics like “What is a penis?, so you can easily skip over those sections to avoid getting bored. Plus, the question and answer format makes the book seem so much more personal which is something I really liked.
I wish this book would have been titled differently. I would have preferred a title such as “The Urban Young Woman’s Survival Guide. I’ve always loved reading “growing up help books, so I was really excited for this one, and while it does have a lot of great information, I don’t feel like a lot of the information would apply to people who grew up in quiet, “boring towns like I did. A lot of the information tends to assume you’ve grown up in the “ghetto. (The book’s words, not mine. I dislike the word.) While this doesn’t make the book any less useful for those who haven’t grown up there, it does make it a bit less personable.
Something I did enjoy about the book is the fact that it made it easy to relate to as a teenage. Some health books can seem to be a bit too clinical, but this book really made it easy to relate. It seems like the words were written by knowledgeable teenagers for not-so-knowledgeable teenagers. Plus, the book does include a lot of art and poetry written by urban teens such as the importance of music in their life or art of confused feelings over maturing. Something worth noting is that almost all of the ‘seek out these resources’ information is based in San Francisco. I imagine this is where the author’s lived. This doesn’t make it less useful, but it does mean that you will to use the internet to seek out your own resources if you need to seek some.
I enjoy the straight-forward information the book presents “ a lot. Instead of just going “drugs are bad; don’t do it the book actually gives information to help protect those who still choose to do it. It does spend the first couple pages before that covering all of the downsides and dangers, but in case you still choose to do it, the book makes sure you have the information. The same goes with pregnancy “ it recommends pro-life options, but unlike other health books, this one does cover what happens during an abortion; that’s something even I had no clue about.
Along with the previous examples, the book basically covers everything a girl would need for her health. The topics of basic anatomy of males and females (including diagrams), sexuality and basic sexual identity, STIs, birth control and safe sex, being pregnant at a young age, nutrition and sports, abuse and self-defense, alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, and getting regular check-ups. This book seems to go beyond the regular scope of just “sex information to really include the whole package that goes with it: pregnancy, abuse, and other things.
I’d mostly recommend this for teenage females, but college-aged girls could get some use out of it as well. If something is too basic, they can just skip over the paragraph. However, since teenage girls can’t shop the GoodVibes site, I’d highly recommend this for a present or gift to any teenage girl. Knowledge is never a bad thing, and this provides a lot of good moral advice and knowledge that every female should know to take care of herself.ï»¿