Apr 06

Book Review: Find Your Tribe by Rebecca Sparrow

Title: Find Your Tribe (and 9 other things I wish I’d known in high school)
Author: Rebecca Sparrow
Publisher: UQP
ISBN: 978-0-7022-3772-0
Genre: teen issues (girls), life skills, humour

Find Your Tribe by Rebecca SparrowSummary (from publisher website)

Everybody knows high school can be tough, especially when:

* your best friend behaves more like your worst enemy
* the person you have a crush on fails to notice you exist
* even the C-grade netball team thinks you have the defending skills of a stapler.

So how do you get through it?

Bestselling author Rebecca Sparrow, with a little help from Ruby Rose, Wil Anderson and other celebs, explains how bouncing back, trusting your instincts and finding your tribe can make all the difference. This ‘little black book’ is the indispensable guide for surviving – and enjoying – your teen years.


Where was this book when I was in high school? Honestly. I wish I’d had someone, anyone, to sit me down and give me some of the practical, no-nonsense advice that Rebecca Sparrow offers in this fantastic book.

For the 14-15+ age group, this book gives the kind of advice that teen girls need to hear. Without being patronising, Rebecca Sparrow helps teen girls to understand that the best way to enjoy high school is to find people who share your interests and outlook on life in general and stick with them – to value real friendship over popularity and self-respect and loyalty over momentary thrills and fair-weather friends.

With advice on everything from how to bounce back from embarrassment and disappointment to making decisions about your future, from keeping things in perspective to making sure that intimate relationships happen for the right reasons, Rebecca’s advice is always given with self-deprecating humour and a respect for her readers feelings and individuality.

There are a number of website links offered for further information throughout the book as well as quotes from celebrities that would be well known to today’s Aussie teens including MTV’s Ruby Rose, Mia Freedman, Wil Anderson, Katie Noonan and Layne Beachley.

Parents should be aware that there are references to alcohol, drugs, sexual acts, pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, abortion and similar topics. This information is presented in a way that is relevant and appropriate for the audience, but parents may wish to review the material first before offering the book to younger teens.

I think this is an awesome book and I will definitely be offering it to my daughter to read when she approaches her high school years. I’ve already recommended it to several friends with teen daughters.

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