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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