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Being a teenage girl in 2015 has never been tougher. Sexting, trolling, grooming and the sexualisation of girls at ever younger ages means growing up in the 21st Century is like walking a tightrope without a safety net. So how do you get through it unscathed? A Teenage Girl's Guide To Being Fabulous, by the broadcaster and journalist Suzanne Virdee, helps girls to aspire and achieve. It shows girls how to navigate through those potentially difficult teenage years and to emerge strong, confident and make them see they truly are Fabulous. It's uplifting and inspiring and practical. This book explodes the creeping belief that 'sexting' and being treated as sex objects by boys is just something girls have to put up with. It's not aimed at telling girls what to think but instead encourages them to think for themselves. It helps girls understand the way the world works while not being crushed by it. It's impossible to feel anything but positive and empowered when reading this. It's a teenage girl's best friend in paperback.
About the Author
Suzanne Virdee is a journalist. She was very young when she decided she wanted to make journalism her career. Growing up she wrote and produced newspapers for her family making them buy them for pay ten pence. After leaving school she set about becoming a reporter, deciding against advice to go to university and get a 'proper' job instead! She spent the summer writing to around 90 local newspapers and radio newsrooms all around the country asking to be taken on as a junior reporter. Instead of a promising offer, all the post brought was a whole heap of rejection letters. Down but not defeated, she wrote to the Solihull Times newspaper in the West Midlands offering to work for a week for nothing to gain experience. They accepted and due to another reporter being away ill, she ended up writing the 'entertainment news' page, and getting her first by-line. By the end of the week her fortunes had completely changed. The editor called her into his office and offered her a job as a junior reporter. She was on her way and has never looked back. She went on to work for the Sunday Mercury and Birmingham Evening Mail, in Birmingham, before switching to broadcast journalism. She worked in BBC and commercial radio newsrooms as a producer, reporter and presenter before heading to television news. She worked for ITV News before being poached to present the regional news programme, BBC Midlands Today, a job which saw her win a best presenter award. She was also a regular face on BBC Breakfast News. She is now freelance and lives in Worcestershire, UK.