Book Review: The Confidence Code For Girls by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

Book Review: The Confidence Code For Girls by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman (MG) (YA) 5 Stars *****

By the way, I don’t see why this book wouldn’t be helpful to boys also.

What’s the message of this book? ” Taking Risks, Messing Up, & Becoming Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self!” This is a how-to book with lots of visuals—cartoons, speech bubbles, different fonts, cute little quizzes and assessments, outlines for setting goals—with input from women in a multi-generational, high achieving family with their heads on straight. Great for middle grade and high school girls who need a self-confidence boost and/ or a guide for setting and achieving goals despite negative comments and subversive actions from people who need to be ignored! A fun and helpful, user-friendly read.

“What is confidence, anyway? Confidence is what turns our thoughts into action. You can think of it like a math formula:
Thoughts + Confidence=Action.

“One big thing that confidence is NOT: It’s not about how you look. It’s about how you act, and who you are.

* Find Role Models-look for daring, incredible girls and women
* Look Out For Fakers-those who put others down to puff themselves up
* Shout It Out-praise others who show confidence by taking positive action

“Break it down, assess risks, break out of comfort zones, take small steps, get comfortable being uncomfortable, be your own coach, don’t be afraid of failure, stop trying to be perfect, set goals, ask for help, and say it like you mean it!”

That’s all? Yes, it’s as easy as that.


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I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

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Saturday, March 14, 2020- Barnes & Noble, Massapequa, NY 12:00-4:00pm

October 2018
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