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Let's Be Real by Natasha Bure is a fun read on being authentic in all aspects of life for teen girls. She talks about friendships, faith, family, health, friendships, beauty and being true to who you are. Natasha down-to-earth voice resonates throughout her book and you truly feel like she is talking to a girlfriend or a younger sister. Natasha gives some great advice and shares some fun stories of her experience growing up and finding herself.
You must be thinking... wait a second, Kayc, you're not a teenager. Why in the world did you read this book geared for teen girls? To be honest, it's because of who her mom is and for those of you who don't know, Natasha is the daughter of Candace Cameron Bure AKA DJ Tanner from Full House. I had read all of Candace's books and really enjoyed them, so I was curious what her daughter had written about, especially for being such a young girl. I also wanted to read it because I had seen some of Natasha's videos on YouTube and had thoroughly enjoyed her makeup hauls.
Of course, as an adult, I had a different perspective reading this, but regardless, I found that Natasha gave some great advice. I love how she inserted a few nuggets of truth and faith throughout the different chapters in her book. Because she is young still, Natasha didn't delve super deep into some issues I would have expected from a "seasoned" adult, but rather, she takes that "big sister" approach.
My favorite part of the book was this:
Loved how she integrated "You say, but GOD says..." So many times throughout my life, I've had those moments of woe, but I've had to delve into the Bible and remember that what God says. It's such a universal truth that even I at almost 27 could take away. Yes and yes!
Another big issue she talks about is friendship and confrontation. She hits the nail on the head here: TALK IT OUT IN PERSON. I found myself wanting to buy copies of this book and pass it out to every teenage girl I know. I cannot tell you how many arguments and how much drama I had to diffuse when I mentored high school and college girls. And you know where the problem started? Snapchat. Instagram. Texting. That dang smartphone!! Talk it out, girls!
Overall, Let's Be Real was a quick fun read and I would definitely recommend it to any teenage girl out there. In fact, I just gifted this to my fifteen-year-old niece...and I think she'll enjoy it!
If there is one piece of advice you would give your teenage self, what would it be?