Marshmallow has recently finished reading The Confidence Code for Girls, by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman. Soon after, Sprinkles read The Confidence Code by the same authors. Below Marshmallow shares her thoughts on the former, while Sprinkles asks questions, takes notes, and occasionally adds some thoughts inspired by her reading of the latter.
This is our last review for 2019 and for a few weeks after. The book bunnies wish everyone a happy new year. We will be back with more reviews in February 2020.
Sprinkles: So, Marshmallow, what do you want to tell us about this book?
Marshmallow: This is a good book that inspires girls to be confident about themselves.
S: How does it do that?
M: It inspires girls to be confident by making an easy “Confidence Code”, a three-step code that is the key to believing in yourself.
S: So, what are the three steps?
M: You need to read the book!
S: Well, I read the adult version. As far as I recall, the three main recommendations are: Think less, act more, and make mistakes.
M: You can’t give away everything!
S: I’m not really giving everything away though. Everyone says you need to make mistakes. Everyone says you should not worry too much about what others think. But I thought this book explained really clearly why these are all very good advice. But also, the book doesn’t really feel like an advice book, right?
M: No, it doesn’t. It has quizzes and stories and comic strips.
S: That is the one for girls. The grownup one doesn’t have the quizzes and the comics, but actually it too has a lot of stories. Some of them are about the two authors themselves as they try to figure out the confidence code.
S: Oh wait, I think I actually misspoke. In the notes for the grownup book, there are a few quizzes for readers if they want to figure out where they rank in terms of a few characteristics. Did you do any of the quizzes?
M: Yes, I did some of them. One of them was about how addicted you are to your phone if you have one. And when you took the test, it said you were addicted.
S: Yes, but not extremely. Still it is true that I do check my phone a bit too obsessively. Ok, tell us about the stories.
M: Some of the stories are true stories about girls who see a problem in the world and work to fix it. Others are fictional. Some are scenarios that ask the reader to make decisions in difficult situations. For example, say your friend is bragging that they won a competition in technology and it is getting on your nerves. They start to hang out with other kids who are into tech, and they ignore you. What do you do?
S: So, what would you do?
M: There were multiple choices. Like confront your friend, or act like nothing has changed.
S: So, what would you do?
M: Out of the given options, I’d choose to confront my friend.
S: So how is this related to confidence?
M: The right answer is almost always to be comfortable with who you are and do something about a problem, rather than ignore it or keep worrying about it without doing anything.
S: Yes, I remember the “no ruminating” rule from the adult book! I even have adopted “noru” as a codeword to remind myself to stop ruminating. So, would you recommend this book to your friends? And other young bunnies like yourself?
M: Yes, especially for girl bunnies ten years and older. This is not really a book for boys.
S: Well, the adult book is also directed toward women. This makes sense. Ok, let us wrap this review up with your rating.
M: I rate this book 100%.