Life can be pretty tricky when you're a teenage girl. New things matter: Clothes. Parties. Boys. Suddenly being liked and being popular don't mean the same thing. Your parents get completely bizarre when the subject of dating comes up. A friend you've had forever stabs you in the back for no good reason. Everybody you know seems to feel free to comment on your constantly changing body. Drugs and alcohol go from being what you see "bad" kids doing on television shows to what you see your friends doing when no adults are around. How are you supposed to deal? Since life doesn't come with a set of instructions, it helps to turn to people who have been through the stuff that you're facing. Even parents can help. (Really!) In Boys Will Put You on a Pedestal (so they can look up your skirt), former teenage boy -- and current dad of two daughters -- Philip Van Munching helps guide you through some of life's most confusing topics. From Beauty to Grief, from Sex to Fate, Van Munching covers the things you most want to know about and, in his wise, warm, and funny way, offers advice on how you can become the young woman you most want to be.
Philip Van Munching is the author of two previous books. His political and social commentary has appeared on the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. He also writes the "Devil's Adman" column for Brandweek. He and his wife, Christina, live with their daughters in New York City.
"Boys Will Put You on a Pedestal is a fresh, informative, and entertaining guidebook that's a must read for every young woman in America. I believe parents should read it, and then give it to their daughters. This book tells your daughter what you so desperately want her to know, but yet can't get her to hear when it comes from you." -- Dr. Phil McGraw