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Odd Girl Out
by staff writer, Jan 10, 2003
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cover: Odd Girl OutWhen boys act out, get into fights, or become physically aggressive, we can't avoid noticing their bad behavior. But it is easy to miss the subtle signs of aggression in girls--the dirty looks, the taunting notes, or the exclusion from the group--that send girls home crying.

In Odd Girl Out, Rachel Simmons focuses on these interactions and provides language for the indirect aggression that runs through the lives and friendships of girls. These exchanges take place within intimate circles--the importance of friends and the fear of losing them is key. Without the cultural consent to express their anger or to resolve their conflicts, girls express their aggression in covert but damaging ways. Every generation of women can tell stories of being bullied, but Odd Girl Out explores and explains these experiences for the first time.

Journalist Rachel Simmons sheds light on destructive patterns that need our attention. With advice for girls, parents, teachers, and even school administrators, Odd Girl Out is a groundbreaking work that every woman will agree is long overdue.

Publisher Marketing: Dirty looks and taunting notes are just a few examples of girl bullying that girls and women have long suffered through silently and painfully. With this book Rachel Simmons elevated the nation's consciousness and has shown millions of girls, parents, counselors, and teachers how to deal with this devastating problem.
Poised to reach a wider audience in paperback, including the teenagers who are its subject, "Odd Girl Out puts the spotlight on this issue, using real-life examples from both the perspective of the victim and of the bully. Available in paperback (April 2003).

Copyright 2000-2003 by Harcourt, Inc.

More About Odd Girl Out:

  • Read an excerpt from Chapter One of Odd Girl Out.
  • Author's website: Rachel Simmons would like to hear from giwls with an "odd girl out" story.
  • Leadership for Women: A residential summer camp for girls in grades 8-12, held in both NY (Vassar College) and VA (St. Margaret's School). Rachel Simmons is the Program Director.

Review Citations:

  • Publisher's Weekly 04/08/2002 pg. 222 (ISBN 0151006040, Hardcover)
  • Booklist 04/15/2002 pg. 1368 (ISBN 0151006040, Hardcover)
  • Library Journal 05/15/2002 pg. 121 (ISBN 0151006040, Hardcover) - *Starred Review
  • Booklist 07/01/2002 pg. 1809 (ISBN 0151006040, Hardcover)
  • Women's Review of Books 11/01/2002 pg. 20 (ISBN 0151006040, Hardcover)


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