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Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be is full of honest advice about the big, bad and beautiful things that growing up is all about: from mental health to families to first love, and everything in between. Gemma Cairney is an important advocate for young people and between her life experiences and her personal insight from her time as Radio 1's resident agony aunt on The Surgery, she is perfectly placed to offer hope and a huge comforting cuddle to young people questioning what life's all about or dealing with hard times. Along with practical help and advice from a range of experts and gorgeous illustrations, this bright and colourful book also has a ribbon marker and plenty of space for readers to personalize and make it their own, making Open a treasured resource to return to whenever advice is needed.
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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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