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Honest advice about everything from mental health to families to first love from TV and Radio personality and agony aunt Gemma Cairney

Table of Contents

Introduction - i: Welcome Unit - One: YOUR HEART Chapter - 1: Family Chapter - 2: Friendship Chapter - 3: Love Chapter - 4: Heartbreak Chapter - 5: Death, Loss and Grief Unit - Two: YOUR MIND Chapter - 6: Stress, Trauma, Anxiety Chapter - 7: Depression Chapter - 8: Eating Disorders Chapter - 9: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Chapter - 10: Addiction Chapter - 11: Self-Harm Chapter - 12: The A to Z of a Happy Mind Unit - Three: YOUR BODY AND SOUL Chapter - 13: Periods Chapter - 14: Body Image Chapter - 15: Exercise Chapter - 16: Food, Glorious Fooood Chapter - 17: Sex Chapter - 18: Sexuality Chapter - 19: Sexual Health Chapter - 20: Abortion Chapter - 21: Consent, Rape and Rape Culture Unit - Four: YOUR WORLD AND YOUR FUTURE Chapter - 22: Politics Chapter - 23: Our Natural World Chapter - 24: Language and Words Chapter - 25: The Internet Chapter - 26: Volunteering Chapter - 27: The Scary World Chapter - 28: Prejudice Chapter - 29: Feminism Chapter - 30: Wanderlust and Expression Chapter - 31: Money, Money, Money Chapter - 32: Careers Section - ii: A Letter to Myself Aged 14 Acknowledgements - iii: Acknowledgements and Contributors Section - iv: Useful Websites Index - v: Index

About the Author

After a brief go at drama school and a stint working in fashion in her early twenties, Gemma Cairney is now a BBC broadcaster, magpie, and life enthusiast who has won awards for making documentaries on subjects such as young people in violent relationships. She presents The Surgery Show on BBC Radio 1 and co-produced and presented internet entertainment show, The Fox Problem. Gemma has presented shows and one offs for BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, 2, 3, 4, 4 Extra, 6Music and BBC World Service. She is also founder of boutique production company - Boom Shakalaka Productions. She likes to write, explore the planet, trek mountains and DJ garage classics.


Informative, touching & inspiring... laced throughout with a sense of humour and true passion. * Metro * Utterly invaluable, gloriously gracious guide to life | This heartfelt handbook for young adults by an inspirational presenter and producer is the literary embodiment of a big sister's shoulder and a best friend's ear... Packed with an abundance of info, insight, empathy and encouragement - from the comforting "we all mess up sometimes", to the truly uplifting "now go reach for the moon!" - OPEN is surely set to become THE must-have manual for young women navigating the often-tempestuous waters of their teenage years. * LoveReading4Kids * A guide to help young people navigate love, friendships, health and other aspects of growing up. * Observer * A chunky non-fiction splurge of glitter, anecdote and jubilation... a valuable resource, full of reassurance for teenagers that they are not alone, whatever they feel. * Guardian *

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