Nineteen-year-old student Rachel Kauder-Nalebuff spent the past five years collecting stories about first periods for this moving and funny anthology about a transformative time in the lives of girls. The current edition of this New York Times bestseller has been updated to include new stories, including Judy Blume's!
My Little Red Book describes the experiences of girls of all ages, races, faiths, and cultural backgrounds, ranging from the light-hearted (Rachel got hers while waterskiing in a yellow bathing suit) to the heart stopping (a first period discovered just as the author was about to be strip-searched by the Nazis). With an engaging mix of true tales, My Little Red Book is uniquely poised to break down social taboos surrounding menstruation and to provide educational support and entertainment for women of all ages. It is the perfect gift for a young woman who has just gotten, or is about to get her first period. Whatever she experiences or expects, from disposal challenges and stains to late starts and fear of dying, she'll find she isn't alone.
Contributors include Jennifer Baumgardner, Meg Cabot, Sara Hickman, Erica Jong, Maxine Kumin, Patty Marx, Joyce Maynard, Megan McCafferty, Tamora Pearce, Gloria Steinem, Rachel Vail, and Cecily von Ziegesar.
This is a book, that is perfect if you have a daughter and are unsure how to approach the subject of menstruating.
I rather appreciated all the stories, since being a woman I sympathize. I, too, have a red book story;
I was 2 weeks shy of my 11th birthday, and went to the bathroom. As I was going, I noticed blood. Of course I knew what a period was, my mom had used a tampon in front of me once when I was small, and I asked a lot of questions, but it still didn't prepare me for what I saw.
I screamed bloody murder, and my mother came in. She must've known the dreaded scream and what it meant, since she just rushed in, reached under the vanity and handed me the box of tampons. She looks at me and said, "Inside the box is in insert, read it!", and with that she walked out, closing the door behind her.
I did what I was told, though it did take a while, I was crying and it made it hard to read and comprehend.
Needless to say, I figured it out. Though, it must have been in slightly wrong, the first few times were uncomfortable.
This is the kind of stories that are in the book. There is even a wonderful story, more article style, from Gloria Steinem that is fabulous, on PAGE 124.
I HIGHLY recommend this one to all my females out there, and your daughters 10+. It is important they know what is coming, before it does. Remember how you felt, then you will see why.
~I won my copy. I was not compensated for my opinion.~