Be True to Yourself, by Amanda Ford

Reviewed by Melisa, age 13, Belgium

Ever need advice on school? How to deal with parents? Boys?

Be True to Yourself, by Amanda Ford, is a guide for teenage girls, with a new piece of advice for every day of the year. The topics are usually about the main issues a teen girl has to go through, such as boys, parents, peer pressure, and school. However, the book also gives you ways of getting to know yourself better and reminds you that looks and popularity aren't everything.

This book helped me out a lot! I myself followed some of the author's advice. There are 366 tips on how to cope with any issues you might have, and I must have followed at least half of them. I loved the writing structure the author used. It makes the book feel more cozy and a lot nicer to read and made me feel like I was talking to someone I knew instead of reading a book.

However, my only complaint is that I had to skip through a few pages because some of the topics were a little dull and didn't grab my interest much. Although the advice was helpful, some of the topics didn't keep me interested enough. But this is just my opinion. Maybe some of the subjects will interest other teen girls and keep them hooked throughout the whole book.

Overall, I thought Ms. Ford's book was great, a helpful read with lots of tips for teen girls. Only one or two little things I didn't like. I would give Be True to Yourself 4.5 stars (of a possible 5).

I hope you will all read Be True to Yourself and enjoy it as much as I did! xoxo

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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