The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween

The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween

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enchantedself By enchantedself Updated May 10, 2015

"I hate Angela and I wish she would move away tomorrow!" "I get so worried when I hear my parents fighting at night." "My mother thinks my crush is silly. I know I am in love!" "I have so many questions about growing up.  Who will answer them?" "I feel so awful when Jake makes fun of me." "When I grow up I going to remember how to have fun with my kids and never look away."
Growing up is tough. Adults don't always understand you (even though they were once kids), and children today face increasing pressure to be, look, or act a certain way. Written in the voice of a girl on the cusp of becoming a teenager, her diary takes us through Sixth and Seventh Grades,The Truth provides young girls with an opportunity to see how a girl, who is in many ways like themselves, handles her toughest problems and most personal thoughts. Each new page brings forth a discussion to help girls handle everyday problems: How do you survive a bully? How do you handle a crush on a boy? What can you do about relentless teasing by your peers? What really matters as you grow older?

In a diary-entry format, girls are encouraged  to carry  precious parts of themselves into adulthood based on all my Enchanted Self work as a positive psychologist.  A great book for mothers and daughters to read together, The Truth improves communication, understanding, and self-esteem as girls enter the rocky road of teenager-dom.

This book, written by award winning selfie filmmaker, Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, is published by Sky Pony Press.  The sequel, Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen came out in January, 2015, also published by Sky Pony Press.

The entire book is available on Amazon, all book sites those few remaining standing book stores.  Mores available at

Sometimes I will include on wattpad some of the girl's entries, her poetry and songs that have not appeared in the printed copy of The Truth.  I will let you know when I do.  Feel free to write to me at

  • awardwinning
  • body-shaming
  • bullying
  • coming-of-age
  • crushes
  • diary
  • feelings
  • growing
  • love
  • middleschool
  • puberty
  • romance
  • school
  • selfie
  • selfiefilms
  • selfies
  • sports
  • tweens
enchantedself enchantedself Jan 16, 2015
Thanks for sharing!  I met somone who had her first crush when she was five!
enchantedself enchantedself Nov 17, 2014
Who should play the girl in the web series of The Truth?  Any suggestions?