Wednesday 2 July 2014

Loveability: An Empowered Girl's Guide to Dating and Relationships

Loveability: An Empowered Girl's Guide to Dating and Relationships by Dannielle Miller and Nina Funnell (Angus and Robertson)
PB RRP $16.99
ISBN 9780732296469
Reviewed by Vicki Stanton

I love Loveability.

Loveability is a book that every teenage girl and young woman should own, read and consult often. It wouldn't go astray if their male counterparts also had a flick through! With warmth, insight and a wonderful lack of theorising and lecturing, the authors Dannielle Miller and Nina Funnell delve into one of the most complex, and often difficult, arenas of our lives - relationships. This is particularly so for young people as they mature and move into the world beyond their immediate family.

What makes Loveability pack such a punch is that despite all their experience the authors do not pretend to know it all, and more importantly, never to have made a mistake themselves. They are real women who have travelled through, and are still travelling through, the tangle of relationships that make up our inner and wider worlds. Both have made mistakes too and they're not scared to reveal them. They have also learned from their own mistakes and share this with the reader without delivering sermons.

The focus of the book is girls being happy and healthy and proud of themselves and their choices. Whether this is being single or dating (gay or straight), coming to terms with their emotions and the pressures of relationships in modern Australia is most important. The book's chatty tone ensures that it never becomes too heavy. Quizzes and Q&As give levity and also a chance for readers to reflect on how they may react in certain situations.

Relationships are so important for all of us and in a world that still pressures our girls so much, Loveability provides one tool to help guide them through the maze of mixed messages. I highly recommend this book for teenage girls and young women, or for anyone with them in their life - which would be just about all of us!

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