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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (376 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leonard Sax Narrator: Pam Ward Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781455197835
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Psychologist and physician Leonard Sax’s work with young people reveals that girls today have an incredibly brittle sense of self. Though they may look confident on the outside, teens and tweens are fragile inside, obsessed with grades, sports, networking sites, and appearances. They are confused about their sexual identity, as environmental toxins are accelerating physical maturity faster than their emotional maturity.

Now, Sax gives us the tools we need to help girls become independent and confident women. He provides parents with practical tips on everything from helping their daughter make decisions to nurturing her spirit through female-centered activities to getting her involved in communities of female role models, which give young women pride and allow them to grow in a safe environment that nurtures curiosity and confidence.

Compelling and inspiring, Girls on the Edge points the way to a new future for today’s girls and young women.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dr. Sax once again combines years of experience with compelling research and common sense to intelligently challenge the status quo of what it means to raise a healthy daughter. Girls on the Edge offers skills parents can incorporate to feel more competent with our girls and young women.”

    Florence Hilliard, Director of the Gender Studies Project, University of Wisconsin–Madison

  • “Written through real stories and supported by strong evidence in the fields of education, psychology, and the sciences—a MUST read.”

    Margaret M. Ferrara, PhD, editor of Advances in Gender and Education and associate professor, University of Nevada, Reno

  • “Leonard Sax brings together a rare combination of psychoanalytic training with a deep empathy for girls and their stories in this important book. His argument that girls are struggling to find their centers will resonate and his recommendations for how to locate them will inspire.”

    Courtney E. Martin, author of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters

  • “Turn off your cell phones and computers, and read this book! You will connect with your daughter in new ways, and she will thank you.”

    Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, author of God’s Paintbrush and In God’s Name

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 2/17/2014

    " This author has it right in my opinion. A must read for anyone with daughters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kambree | 2/16/2014

    " Fascinating look at the environmental and social issues that girls are facing today. I would definitely recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 2/10/2014

    " This book made me really think about what my girls are exposed to at all angles. I HIGHLY recommend this book if you have a daughter. The enviromental toxins and cyberbubble were really eye-opening for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcus | 2/9/2014

    " Another solid book by Dr. Sax who specializes in how boys and girls develop and learn differently during their childhood. This book is similar to "Boys Adrift" except for girls. In this book, Dr. Sax explains how elements of modern society including sexualization of girls, cyber connectivity, obsessions and plastics interfere with their healthy physical and mental development. The book contains some practical suggestions to counteract these negative influences. I feel better prepared having read this book, but worry that societal changes create a very unhealthy environment in which to grow up. While I prefer "Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters" by Mary Meeker for this genre, one cannot go wrong by reading this book before your daughter becomes a teen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Swapna | 2/5/2014

    " MUST READ.....If you are a parent of a tween/teen girl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa G | 1/28/2014

    " I rushed through this book, partly because I had the Boys Adrift book to read also and I checked them out from the library, but also because I couldn't seem to learn all he had to say fast enough. Throughout my reading, the thought that kept coming to mind was, "It is so important that I read this now!" We all want our girls to grow up healthy and with great self esteem and habits. I thought his commentaries on the world we live in and what it is doing to our girls was spot on. I was very surprised in the 4th chapter, Endocrine Disruptors, and the possible side-effects of all the plastic/petroleum products we use--from water bottles to lotions. I am not convinced enough yet to make drastic changes, but interested to find out more and make adjustments along the way. (Switching to glass "tupperware" and stainless steel water bottles as my start.) I wish I took more notes while reading this, but I have a feeling I will be buying all three of his books soon and marking them up for future reference. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marin | 1/20/2014

    " Another book by Sax. This book infuriated me because it hit on so many things that drive me crazy about our society and the uber-sex focus from everywhere aimed at girls. Both Sax books I would recommend to teachers or people who have kids. Even if you don't agree with him, it makes you think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 cmeiers | 1/10/2014

    " I learned a lot from this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna | 12/29/2013

    " A must read for anyone with daughters, or works with teenaged girls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 12/27/2013

    " If you have a daughter under the age of 18, this is a MUST read book. Very insightful information. Very current, too. It is certainly going to change how I raise my daughter! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 12/12/2013

    " One stop shop for some information on your daughters and their coming challenges. I listened to this on audio. Not sure if this is completely accurate but it seems to give a clinical analysis of girls issues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 12/6/2013

    " I loved all three of his books, and so glad I read them while my kids are still young. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sacha | 12/5/2013

    " Everyone should read this book. It identified - clearly - the major crises facing young girls and women today. I cannot recommend this book highly enough! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison Janes | 12/2/2013

    " Wonderful book. Made me think. It will change the way I raise my daughter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devinne Mccarthy | 7/11/2013

    " Wrote review in other posting of this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nic | 7/4/2013

    " Frightening but spot-on. Really enjoyed it. Gives me some better perspective on what modern girls experience--much more "in your face" culture and behavior than I experienced at the same age. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 9/8/2012

    " Insightful and thought provoking reading for parents of girls of all ages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Martindale | 9/6/2012

    " I really liked Leonard Sax' book "Boys Adrift", and seeing this one, check it out and thought it pretty good as well. I would definitely recommend his books to parents, I think they contain lots of good information "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christie | 8/16/2012

    " I loved this book, but probably a tiny bit less than his other books. Still definitely worth adding to my personal library someday. Everyone who has daughters or works with teenage girls should read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 3/29/2012

    " This was part of my research into solutions to student anxiety. Some very insightful conclusions. Agreed with the part about co-ruminating. ( the natter makes things worse) Some very simplistic and naive solutions. ( almost 1950's-ish) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 3/12/2012

    " A must read for parents of young girls - very practical advise and insightful views. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Larow | 3/6/2012

    " A must read for any parent of girls. Just know that it is pretty descriptive at some points. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bernard Fruga | 2/19/2012

    " Surprising conclusion at the end of the book: teenage girls need first of all some spiritual development. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 12/11/2011

    " Must read for every parent of girls! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 9/7/2011

    " Read it to learn more about the "tween" age, as I was doing a project for school. Very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 7/27/2011

    " A must read for parents of young girls who want to educate themselves on the issues and challenges facing women growing up in today's culture. Very thought provoking & full of valuable information. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 7/23/2011

    " This book should be required reading for anyone trying to raise a girl. It gave me some good ideas on what to say, what not to say, and what to watch for in teenage girls (and younger). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy Crapo | 6/11/2011

    " A must read if you have girls. (Checked out from the local library) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 5/4/2011

    " If you read Boys Adrift, Girls on the Edge, and Gender Matters, you get a little repetition. This is such a great book to help raise a happy and healthy daughter. I'm glad I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 4/30/2011

    " I really liked Leonard Sax' book "Boys Adrift", and seeing this one, check it out and thought it pretty good as well. I would definitely recommend his books to parents, I think they contain lots of good information
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 1/31/2011

    " Frightenly good. Well written and easy to read. It would be nice if this was required reading for all educators, coaches, and parents. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 1/21/2011

    " Amazing book for anyone w/ daughters. He has another, BOYS ADRIFT, about raising boys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 cmeiers | 1/10/2011

    " I learned a lot from this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devinne | 10/26/2010

    " Good book concerning the threats that girls VCR growing up. It was especially intestine since my sister is going through that age now and I already have so it was interesting looking at what might be some underlying causing in our behaviors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devinne | 10/26/2010

    " Wrote review in other posting of this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nic | 9/3/2010

    " Frightening but spot-on. Really enjoyed it. Gives me some better perspective on what modern girls experience--much more "in your face" culture and behavior than I experienced at the same age. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 8/25/2010

    " A must read for parents of young girls who want to educate themselves on the issues and challenges facing women growing up in today's culture. Very thought provoking & full of valuable information. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 8/21/2010

    " This book makes me glad that I'm not raising a daughter today. There's so much more to deal with. This is a must read for those parenting and educating girls. The companion book "Boys at Risk" promises guidance for parenting and educating boys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kambree | 8/11/2010

    " Fascinating look at the environmental and social issues that girls are facing today. I would definitely recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 8/3/2010

    " A must read for parents of young girls - very practical advise and insightful views. "

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