Chapter Books – Secret Language of Girls

Kate and Marilyn have been best friends since nursery school. But they’re in middle school now, and things are changing. Suddenly Kate seems babyish. Suddenly Marilyn is acting like a snob. And neither girl is entirely sure how to get their friendship back.

Middle school is the nadir of most people’s adolescence, and it’s not hard to see why. Relationships are shaken up, romances start perking jealousy, and the worst enemy you can possibly make is the former best friend who knows all of your secrets. Author Frances O’Roark Dowell does an excellent job of capturing the confusion and anguish of two girls trying desperately to make their way in a world that seems to be changing it’s rules every moment. It is especially insightful that she shows both sides of the story, the friend who wants very badly for the friendship to remain intact as well as the friend who might want to move on to other people…or might want to stay friends.

It’s a confusing time for most people, and can be particularly so for girls, who are more likely than boys to judge themselves and others upon their relationships to other people. This book may help girls going through similar problems to understand that they are not alone, and to realize that their former best friend may be just as upset and conflicted as they are.

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