The Girls Guide to Conquering Life by Erica and Jonathan Catherman

Everything you need to know to be prepared, confident, and successful

As you grow up and make your mark on the world, you’re going to run into plenty of situations that require you to be confident and capable. But it’s hard to be either when you don’t know what you’re doing! If you want to have it all together, The Girls’ Guide to Conquering Life is your go-to resource. With great illustrations and step-by-step instructions for almost everything a young woman needs to know, this book shows you how to

· introduce yourself
· change a flat tire
· respectfully break up with a guy
· leave a tip
· apply for a job
· ask for a promotion
· behave during a traffic stop
· create a personal budget
· wash your face
· clear a clogged drain
· iron a shirt
· wear a scarf
· shoot a basketball
· and much more

The world needs women of character who don’t wait for others to do what needs to be done. With The Girls’ Guide to Conquering Life, you’ll be well on your way to impressing everyone around you with your skill, confidence, and grace under pressure. – from publisher’s website


I found this book a little ridiculous. I know it’s written for younger girls, probably pre-teens to teens, but some of the things that were included I thought were common sense. One of the things was about how to open the door for someone and one of the steps was to figure out which way the door opens. Another thing was about how to shake hands and is very detailed in how to do it which seemed a little excessive. It also talks a lot about fresh breath which might make people too self-conscious about how their breath smells. In one section, the author emphasizes not being creepy when making eye contact and says, “Comfortable eye contact is 4-5 seconds, pause by briefly looking away (to avoid staring), and then make eye contact again.” Another section she says, “Wrap a gift just right, and the receiver may even save the perfect paper as a memento of your thoughtfulness or decide to reuse such nice paper.” There were other sections where she talks about how to use a circular saw and I kept thinking that if someone was going to use one, they wouldn’t go to this book but instead to a manual or something else. It all seemed a bit excessive and dramatic.
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More Than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer

Many consider Evangeline Hamilton cursed. Orphaned at a young age and possessing a pair of mismatched eyes–one bright blue, the other dark brown–Eva has fought to find her way in a world that constantly rejects her. Yet the support of even one person can help overcome the world’s judgments, and Eva has two–Seth and Zach, two former orphans she now counts as brothers.

Seeking justice against the man who stole his birthright and destroyed his family, Logan Fowler arrives in 1880s Pecan Gap, Texas, to confront Zach Hamilton, the hardened criminal responsible for his father’s death. Only instead of finding a solitary ruthless gambler, he discovers a man not much older than himself with an unusual family. When Zach’s sister, Evangeline, insists on dousing Logan with sunshine every time their paths cross, Logan finds his quest completely derailed. Who is truly responsible for his lost legacy, and will restoring the past satisfy if it means forfeiting a future with Evangeline? – from author’s website


I enjoyed this book. I loved the story of the siblings and how they chose to be a family and stuck together despite not being blood and being really young when they got together. I also think that a lot of people could relate to Evie in that even though most people don’t have two different color eyes, almost everyone has something about their body that they’re ashamed of. I would have liked to see how Logan reacted to the siblings not being blood but it was still good nonetheless. I also think Logan’s forgiveness of what Zach did to his family seemed a little fabricated and quick but nevertheless, I enjoyed the book and I’m looking forward to Zach’s story and seeing more interaction between Zach, Evie, and Seth.