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3.00012292562999 out of 53.00012292562999 out of 53.00012292562999 out of 53.00012292562999 out of 53.00012292562999 out of 5 3.00 (16,270 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Pipher Narrator: Mary Pipher Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553754254
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Why are more American adolescent girls prey to depression, eating disorders, addictions, and suicide attempts than ever before? According to Dr. Mary Pipher, a clinical psychologist who has treated girls for more than twenty years, we live in a look-obsessed, media-saturated, "girl-poisoning" culture. Despite the advances of feminism, escalating levels of sexism and violence--from undervalued intelligence to sexual harassment in elementary school--cause girls to stifle their creative spirit and natural impulses, which, ultimately, destroys their self-esteem. Yet girls often blame themselves or their families for this "problem with no name" instead of looking at the world around them.

Here, for the first time, are girls' unmuted voices from the front lines of adolescence, personal and painfully honest. By laying bare their harsh day-to-day reality, Reviving Ophelia issues a call to arms and offers parents compassion, strength, and strategies with which to revive these Ophelias' lost sense of self.


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Quotes & Awards

  • “A vibrant and insightful account . . . The loss of the spirit which Dr. Pipher so brilliantly portrays is the loss of the American spirit. DR. NATALIE PORTER
    Former president, Division of the Psychology of Women,
    American Psychological Association
  • An important book . . . Pipher shines high-beam headlights on the world of teenage girls. Los Angeles Times

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jami | 2/17/2014

    " A must read for anyone with daughters or who work with adolescent girls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimmie | 2/12/2014

    " In case you forget.......... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hollyutah | 2/11/2014

    " I read this in college, and I agree. However, as a schoolteacher, I have to support Laura Bush's emphasis on encouraging boys to succeed also. I am for equal yoking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dana Cruz | 2/6/2014

    " I read this book a long time and looked it over again recently and well...it was kind of...it seemed ot miss the mark in creating the stories of girls as oppoed to case histories that tie up neatly in the end - and that bothers me...but I remember really liking it at the time I read it... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caitee | 1/30/2014

    " read it for class -- boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dolcie | 1/29/2014

    " I thought this book would share specific ways to help and deal with adolescent girls, for example, how do you deal with an adolescent girl who locks herself in her room and doesn't want to speak to you, etc. This book was mainly filled anecdotes about the experiences of the author's clients. I saw my adolescent experience in the first couple of chapters but that was about it. The last four chapters are what the meat of the book should have been about. It was an interesting read but not what I was really expecting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adrienne | 1/26/2014

    " Bleh I read this when I was a teenager and it scared me to death. The world she describes was nothing like what I grew up in. But it opened my eyes to what some girls have to endure. I remember that she didn't really give any answers but it has been ten years since I read it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tatiana | 1/26/2014

    " personally i think she has no idea what she's talking about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MaryAnn | 1/19/2014

    " If you have adolescent daughter this book will help you navigate your journey together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda Yeates | 1/18/2014

    " Fabulous book - a must read for anyone with daughters or who works with teens! Hard to read at some points, because the stories are heartbreaking - makes you think a lot about the world we live in, how society is structured and what the effects of that on our girls. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanna | 1/3/2014

    " This was interesting and informative to understand myself as a teenager and the things I still carry... Also to be more compassionate and understanding of the young women I serve and the things that happen to us to make us the way we are. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 dix marie | 12/25/2013

    " anyone who will or does spend time with young girls should read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina P. | 11/26/2013

    " I read this in a college course and one of few books I actually saved from school. If you have a young girl, you should read this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsa | 10/26/2013

    " This is an amazing book for any female or for anyone who knows a female! It has been a life changer for me personally. I recommend any mom of girls to definitely read this book. So powerful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jill nuding | 10/24/2013

    " um. i read this book the summer before i started junior high 2 days before i got my first period...and it scarred me for life. I went into 8th grade completely terrified that i would be taunted and teased throughout highschool. it was not a good beginning for adolesence... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Tibbetts | 8/20/2013

    " this book will also be near and dear to my heart. It was my introduction to working in a female responsive world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie Marshall | 8/10/2013

    " Even though the girls are really young, I think this is such a great book for every mom and girls to read. Love it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colvina | 3/21/2013

    " Excellent book for anyone who has, had, or ever will have daughters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meaghan | 2/8/2013

    " This book was a part of my high school cirriculum (peer mentoring in an all-girl's high school). Interesting examination on the psyche of teenage girls, especially reading it as one. I've since re-read it a couple times. For a non-fiction book (which I rarely read) it sucks you in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 7/10/2012

    " I read this book years ago because I have a daughter and I'm also a teacher. It's written by a psychologist and is a worthwhile and helpful book for parents and teachers. Interesting information. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindi | 4/27/2012

    " I read this maybe five years ago. I remember parts of it were difficult to read, but it had some really good ideas in it. Probably a good one to re-read in the future when my oldest girl nears her teenage years! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candace | 3/20/2012

    " I read this book when I was 14 and it was the best book choice for a young girl going through all the ups and down of adolescence. An easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shea | 1/11/2012

    " Every girl should read this book. Mary Pipher has such an untainted outlook on the effects of today's culture on the lives of women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauriero | 12/17/2011

    " If you have a girl, read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evie | 9/29/2011

    " The seminal work in the psychology of adolescent girls. Has spawned many off shoot books that are more pop culture in nature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 7/21/2011

    " This was the first psych/women's studies book I ever read. It really left a strong impression on me as I started to seriously think about what influences adolescents' development. I need to re-read this now that I'm no longer an adolescent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 6/27/2011

    " Thoughtful and well organized. I can't think of a group that wouldn't do well to read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 5/3/2011

    " Must-read for all parents of girls and all those who interact with teens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/2/2011

    " Tried to read this one when I was 13, but didn't get through it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 4/20/2011

    " Good Book, especially if you have a daughter. Or thinking about your own childhood as a little girl. Brought stuff up for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/29/2011

    " While a bit outdated, a chilling look at pre-teen and teen girls through the eyes of a therapist. What girls today have to deal with in school, home and life in general is horrible and how we deal with these issues as a society will shape our lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 3/9/2011

    " The intro is a great read for any parent with a girl just hitting middle school age. The rest of the book is all based on the author's case studies from her therapy practice, so it gets a little tedious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 2/16/2011

    " Had to read this for a class- feel like re-reading it, learned so much about how we internalize things when everyone thinks we are being resilient "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/12/2011

    " Documents the difficult time girls have going through adolescence... interesting case studies. "

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About the Author

Mary Pipher, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Reviving Ophelia. Awarded the American Psychological Association’s Presidential Citation, Pipher speaks across the country to families, mental health professionals, and educators. She has appeared on Today, 20/20, Charlie Rose, PBS’s NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and NPR’s Fresh Air.