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New Release and Giveaway! GIRL WORLD: HOW TO DITCH THE DRAMA AND FIND YOUR INNER AMAZING by Patricia Ottaviano

Because being a girl IS harder than it looks!


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Title: Girl World: How to Ditch The Drama and Find Your Inner Amazing

Author: Patricia Ottaviano

Release Date: August 4, 2015

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire



The guide every girl needs to survive the pitfalls of teen-dom

Mean stares. Hurtful whispers. The cold shoulder. Being a girl is harder than it looks. In a world where gossip, drama, and rumors seem to be never ending, it’s not easy to navigate the halls of middle school or high school without earning a few battle scars.

But what if you could change all that? With practical advice for how to fearlessly stand your ground, hold your own, and dictate your own happiness, Girl World will help you move beyond the bad attitudes and transform your insecurities into strengths. From friendship conflicts to the ugly side to social media, learn how to ditch the drama and kick your inner critic to the curb so you can truly start appreciating yourself.

Every day is a new day. Embrace it!


Excerpt from Girl World:

Dear Girls,

Being a girl is harder than it looks. On one hand, we have our best friends by our sides to boost our happiness, give us a sense of belonging, lift us up on a bad day, and make us laugh until our stomachs hurt. Let’s be real for a sec…it isn’t always that pretty. Who hasn’t experienced how downright mean girls can be? Who hasn’t witnessed the judgment and negativity that can consume female conversation?

In a world where gossip, drama, and rumors seem to be never ending, of course there are going to be times when you doubt your friends, doubt yourself, and seriously start thinking that moving to a foreign country doesn’t sound half bad.

What happens when you don’t know who your friends are anymore? Or when you don’t know who to trust? Have you ever felt like insecurities, nerves, and uncertainties were ruling your world? Ever feel like everyone seems to have the missing piece to the puzzle but you? What about being the center of a hurtful rumor…has that happened to you? Or how about experiencing some major FOMO (fear of missing out)? How do you pick yourself up after feeling torn down, left out, or straight-up rejected by girls you thought were your friends?

What if I told you that I’ve created a handbook, specially crafted for you, with lots of love, to navigate all of these circumstances and more?

Well, this is that book! It will guide you through Girl World, one sticky situation at a time, while pausing for advice breaks, some killer action steps, and perhaps an occasional dance party.


  • How to transform insecurities into strengths when feeling like you don’t fit in or are the odd girl out.
  • What to do if you feel nervous and intimidated by certain girls or when you don’t trust your friends.
  • Step-by-step ways to keep drama to a minimum when confrontations, conflicts, or arguments arise.
  • How to handle the ugly side of social networking sites.
  • How to fearlessly stand your ground, hold your own, and not allow others to dictate your mood.
  • How to kick your inner critic to the curb and start appreciating yourself.

…and the list goes on.

Oh, and did I mention that you will love yourself a whole lot more by the end?

So you’re probably wondering, “Who is this Trish chick, and how is she going to help me?”

First, I’ve been there. I’m just a few years older than you, so I totally know what’s up. Second, I’m constantly traveling from state to state, getting the lowdown from middle school and high school girls about what is bothering them in their friendships. You see, I’m the founder of the nonprofit organization Sister-Soldier—Stand Up for Each Other, a school assembly and empowerment program for girls. Our mission is to alleviate the pain caused by the often mean and hurtful ways that girls treat one another and also treat themselves. Pretty rad goal, right?

One of my favorite parts of an assembly is afterward, when I get to hang out with you girls and talk more in depth about your specific situations. There is never enough time to cover all of the important topics. This book can. It has specific advice about what to do in a number of different—yet common—situations, and it offers solutions, action steps that will make you feel way better about yourself and the junk that’s bringing you down.

This is your book, your way out of the craziness and into the awesomeness that is Girl World. Cherish it like you would your phone, your celebrity crush, or those sweet new shoes you’ve been saving up for. It contains all the answers you will need. You’ll feel more confident and secure. You’ll develop strong, fulfilling friendships that lift you up rather than tear you down. And you’ll discover a renewed sense of self-love.

All right, my friend. I invite you to hop aboard the love bus, because your ride is about to get wayyy better.

Peace, Love, & Some Serious Upgrades,




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About the Author:

Patricia Ottaviano is the 23-year-old founder of Sister Soldier—Stand up for Each Other, a nonprofit dedicated to stopping girl-on-girl bullying in all of its forms through school assemblies and outreach. A graduate of Michigan University, she is currently pursuing a doctorate in Clinical Child Psychology at Yeshiva University. Learn more at


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