Book Review| Start Talking

Title: Start Talking

Author: Mary Jo Rapini and Janine Sherman

My Review:

Start Talking by Mary Jo Rapini and Janine Sherman is a candid book that contains over 113 questions commonly asked by teenage girls about sex, menstral cycles, relationships, boys, eating, exercise and more. Start Talking is very straightforward and has chapter discussions regarding sexually transmitted diseases, menstruation and gynecological health issues, birth control and sexuality. It is written in a question and answer format that would be appealing to young girls and can open the door to frank discussions between mothers and their daughters.

Start Talking has won an iParenting Media award and was written by the author’s to help “all girls become strong women.” Though my own daughter is only four years old, I know that it is only a matter of time before she begins to have difficult yet very real questions about growing into a young woman. Though I am terrified of her facing many of these issues, I realize that it is a reality. I appreciate being able to read this book myself so it gives me more confidence as a mother to know what types of questions my daughter may have as she enters puberty and her teen years. Because there is very open and frank information about sexuality, STD’s, birth control etc. I highly recommend that this book be read by a parent first before being given to the young woman.

Start Talking: A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom can be purchased for $14.95.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

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