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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (377 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rachel Simmons Narrator: Christina Moore Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Rachel Simmons is a New York Times bestselling author and the founding director of the Girls’ Leadership Institute. The Curse of the Good Girl looks into the phenomenon of the glass ceiling placed on girls who attempt to live up to the standard of being “good.” Simmons then shows how parents can help build girls’ self-esteem and give them the strength to pursue their goals. Download and start listening now!


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  • “In this volume for parents of middle-school daughters, the author of Odd Girl Out observes that girls today still pressure themselves to conform to the old, narrow paradigm of a nice, people-pleasing, rule-following, even-tempered, socially acceptable good girl…Simmons offers instructive tales out of school and workshops, revealing that flawed communication rituals and fear of confrontation contribute equally to a girl's belief that it is more important to be liked than to be an individual.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Simmons looks at how societal expectations for young women both guide and curtail their development. With sharp, direct insight, she show how perfectionism, distorted thinking, and fear of speaking out all erode girls’ sense of themselves, and she offers plenty of practical tips for parents and other adults charged with helping girls grow up and into themselves.”


  • “Simmons, the bestselling author of the acclaimed Odd Girl Out, offers another spot-on cultural critique, this time arguing that girls are developing external resumés but not conflict-resolution skills.”

    Library Journal

  • “Simmons explores how encouraging our daughters to be “good girls” (nice, polite, modest, selfless) can undercut their courage and self-confidence, making it hard for them to know what they feel and say what they think…Christina Moore sounds genuinely engaged; she moves easily from dramatizing the book’s plentiful dialogue (produced from interviews) to capably navigating its expository passages.”

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Megan | 2/19/2014

    " Every woman, regardless if she is a teacher or a mother of a daughter, must read this book. Rachel Simmons sheds light to the problem with good girls...they are so concerned with being what society, their peers, their teachers, and their own selves deem "good" that they are unable to take risks or learn from failure. We highlight those "good" qualities in girls, yet we celebrate those who are dynamic, vivacious, and have the ability to lead. Rachael describes this societal issue at home and in school in the first half of the book, then gives practical strategies that she uses in the Girl Leadership Institute in the second half of the book. I highly recommend this informative and enlightening book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/17/2014

    " This is an excellent book for anyone who plans on having daughters and raising them to be strong, independent women. Or if you are simply interested in the self-sabotaging habits and coping mechanisms that we as women develop from a young age. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michelle | 2/14/2014

    " Excellent book dealing with the pitfalls of trying to be a "good girl". Although it's aimed to women raising daughter's this book addresses many issues that revolving around both girls and women. Great book for discussion in book clubs and women/girls groups. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laura | 2/11/2014

    " I thought this book had a lot of good information in the beginning and in the end, but got a little repetitive and boring for me in the middle. I did like the issues she brought up about how girls "work" in relationships and inappropriately treat all relationships as friendships, how they talk, and their self-talk. It was an interesting read to me as both a mother of two girls and also as a woman myself. I really liked her section at the end about how mothers are grown up versions of "good girls" and how being a "perfect" mother rather than a "real" mother is not only a disservice to yourself (and enough to drive you crazy, wear you out, etc.) but a disservice to our daughters who are watching us and then learning their role needs to include all of those "perfect mother" attributes. Very thought-provoking...oh, I need to take time for me, ask for help, have my own interests, not just for ME, but so that my daughter learns that part of being a mom is taking care of herself... Another favorite part was the discussion of how girls care a lot about if someone likes them before they've even decided for themselves if they like that person...why do we care so much if someone that we don't even like likes us? I think that is a great lesson to teach girls when dealing with friends and then when they are old enough to start dating. Find someone YOU like first. "

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