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The Lo-Down: Life and Love in the Hollywood Hills

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Friendly, positive relationship advice for teens.

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Bosworth’s casual, intimate style comes across as a girlfriend trying to help a younger friend. Her advice is fairly conventional, but her strength is her understanding of how teen girls think and act (she published this at the ripe old age of 24). There are quizzes, recipes, and plenty of anecdotes to draw readers in. Bosworth even offers practical advice for dating in the age of social media, addressing texting and Facebook etiquette.

Even so, her values are more of the old-fashioned variety -- and she puts a lot of emphasis on being true to yourself. Bosworth uses puzzle pieces as a metaphor, arguing that only two pieces are an exact fit, and there's no point trying to force a match. Relationships require flexibility and work, she says, but girls shouldn't reinvent themselves or it won't work. Readers won't respond to everything in this book, but they will be encouraged by the overall message: Believe in yourself, and don't settle for a relationship that makes you doubt your worth.

Book Details

  • Author: Lo Bosworth
  • Genre: Advice
  • Book type: Non-Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: January 11, 2011
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Last updated: September 23, 2015

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