This bright pink book just screams for attention. Australian author Kaz Cooke is well known for her cartoons, films, and writing. Her humorous book provides delightful wisdom about a variety of female topics: nutrition, dieting, the fashion industry, and self-image to name a few. As Cooke says, 'We want to find out how to stop seeing our bodies as the enemy. And hey, let's face it, we wouldn't mind a laugh while we're at it.' Cooke manages to provide serious, thoughtful information in a casual, appealing manner. Because the text is divided by bold titles and subtitles, it is easy to pick it up and flip through to a subject of interest. The text is broken up by cartoons, quotes, and quizzes. One of the best parts of the book is the 'Contacts' and 'Further Reading' lists at the end of each topic. The book is sassy and fun, great for kids from 14-103. Some of the humor may go over the heads of younger readers. This version has been 'Americanized,' changing metric measures to American measures.
Kaz Cooke is a friend to women everywhere. One of those friends who can tell you the truth and still make you feel better. The book covers issues like body image, advertising, make-up and beauty myths. It will give you a boost, as well as a laugh, and a lot of really useful, sensible information. It could just change the way you look at dieting, health, fashion etc. Lots of perspective and a breath of fresh air. There are plenty of cartoons, drawings and real life letters, tips on what to say to "the body police" and ideas on how to boost your body image, amongst other things. This book is a good counterpoint to the madness that young women go through every day. It's a sensible, mature healthy way to live and think.