Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen by Barbara Becker Holstein


SECRETS, DIARY OF A GUTSY TEEN by Barbara Becker Holstein

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BLURB: Following in the footsteps of The Truth, Secrets: Diary of a Gutsy Teen begins as the thirteen-year-old protagonist makes a move with her family to a new town. She has grown up a lot over the past year—and has made a list of everything that’s important to her now that she doesn’t want to forget when she gets older. But now, as she enters her early teen years, she begins to write down the secrets she wants to keep—and the ones she has no one to tell about. From new school experiences to a new baby in the family to a new crush, this new teen finally feels empowered on making her own decisions with confidence and keeping those secrets she holds dearest for herself. In a positive and supportive diary-entry format, Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein encourages tween and early teen girls to carry the most precious parts of themselves into adulthood. A great book for mothers and daughters to read together, Secrets is aimed to improve communication, understanding, and self-esteem for young girls as they enter the rocky road of teenager-dom.



Excerpt Date: December 2 Dear Diary, I have a secret and it’s been eating me up inside, so I have to tell you. I lied to Angela. I told her I had a terrible sore throat and couldn’t come for the weekend. She said she was sorry and that she would invite me again. I felt terrible, and then my throat really began to hurt. But I just couldn’t go to Springport for a whole weekend_even though I miss being around Angela. Now that I have best friends here, I don’t feel the same way I used to about going back to visit. And I didn’t know how to tell Angela that. I could tell when we talked on the phone that she really wanted me to come. And she sent me a new selfie, holding a sign that reads I Miss You! She even told me that she doesn’t have a new best friend since I left. She really misses me. She also told me that Paul is in lots of her classes and he asks if she’s talked to me. How could I tell her I’m in love with Rob and don’t care about Paul anymore? How could I tell her that I have new best friends and want to stay here with them? I did go to Sally’s instead, and we had the best time. Her mother ordered pizza for us and we drank Coke. We watched television and made popcorn and did each other’s hair with all of Sally’s older sister’s hair products we found in the bathroom. I look silly with curly hair. We kept laughing and falling on the floor and giggling, and we played this fun game that Jackie learned in camp last summer. We all lay down on the floor and we each put our head on someone else’s belly. Someone says, “Ha-ha,” and then the next person says, “Haha-ha,” until everyone is laughing. Then you can’t stop laughing because the belly you are on is bouncing all around under your head. Sally’s mom got really angry at all the noise we were making, and we had to turn off the lights and pretend to go to sleep. I hardly slept a wink, though. I was so excited and having so much fun with my new friends. I was tired the next morning and really did have a sore throat when I went home, but I didn’t care. It was worth it to have so much fun.


Interview with the author:

1. How long have you been writing? I started writing a diary when I was 9. Short stories and poetry as a teen. Dissertation at 27. Poetry and short stories over many years. Tried to write a novel a couple of times. Then tried to write a professional psychology book. Finally around l993 began to seriously write and edit The Enchanted Self, A Positive Therapy. That book was accepted and published in l997. 2. How long have you been a published author? So I have been a published author since l997 and it is now 2015! 3. What titles do you have available? As above, plus: Recipes for Enchantment, The Secret Ingredient is YOU!; DELIGHT; Seven Gateways to Happiness, Freeing Your Enchanted Self; Around Every Corner, Romance & Mystery; The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween and Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen. Also helped my mom publish: Feel Good Stories. 4. What made you choose the subject of this book? My passionate desire to help kids hold on the best of themselves as they grow up and my efforts as a psychologist to help adults remember what being a child is like and to help the generations communicate more lovingly as they better understand what kids are going through. 5. Do you have any new titles coming soon? A play version of The Truth and Secrets, titled The Locket. 6. What is your favourite genre and why? Personally I like to read mystery stories that are more or less modern day versions of Sherlock Holmes. 7. What, to you, is the most exciting part of the writing process? Letting the characters come so alive that I have to listen to them as they tell me what has to happen next. 8. If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why? Dan Brown, because knows how to create great suspense and also weave research into his spellbinding novels.



AUTHOR Bio and Links: I have been a positive psychologist in private practice for the past thirty years. In the course of working with my clients, I originated the idea of THE ENCHANTED SELF(R), a positive psychology therapy where I teach people how to recognize and utilize their strengths, talents, skills and even lost potential. I have developed a number of methods, including using our memories to rediscover what is right about ourselves and our lives, rather than what went wrong, helping people to overcome adversity, experience positive emotions and live the good life! Since developing this concept, I’ve been able to use many tools to bring the Enchanted Self to everyone, particularly women and girls. I’ve written many books, starting with THE ENCHANTED SELF, A Positive Therapy, and then Recipes for Enchantment, The Secret Ingredient is YOU! My books for girls are very popular, as they are great fictional reads and also help deal with many of the questions that trouble kids as they move into the tween and teen years. The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween and Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen are the first two books in this series. I really love to teach and educate about happiness and how to benefit from positive psychology in ways that let us lead lives of meaning and happiness. You can find me all over the place on the web.


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