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Reviving Ophelia

The book is called Reviving Ophelia: Saving the lives of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher, Ph.D
1. Why did the author write this book?
Mary Pipher wrote this book for a number on reasons.One of her goals was to educate her readers about the difficulties and struggles that almost every adolescent girl must conquer to find her true self.Dr. Pipher wanted to know why "so many girls are in therapy in the 1990's? Why are there more self-mutilators? Why are drugs and alcohol so common in the stories of seventh graders?Why do so many girls hate their parents?"(Preface).These are just a few things that Pipher uncovers as she touches in the minds of the young girls themselves.These are questions that we should all have a better understanding for.I believe she wrote the book to also encourage parents through this time as well as their children.She wants people to be aware of the unfortunate issues that society in condoning.This book will hopefully help protect at least some of the girls in the future and will also bring awareness to them.
She wanted to show how much more oppressed girls are today.Dr. Pipher knows how uneducated parents, friends, and teachers can be in dealing with young girls because our world today is completely different from what it was twenty or even fifteen years ago. She offers many helpful suggestions and ways to save the lives of these girls.
2. What did you learn from reading this book?
I learned so much that I am not too sure where to start.Thefirst thing I realized was how tough girls have it nowadays.It sounds so much more complicated now than when I was in junior high, which was not very long ago.Before reading the book I had noticed that society, with television, movies, magazines, etc., is not influencing people in a positive direction, but I try to ignore it and see the lies that we are told everyday.However, I c


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