"Reviving Ophelia" is like an epitome of my own practice as a nurse and counselor to adolescent girls. Pipher traces the psycho-social growth of the American teen girl and how we build, protect and nurture the strength she has within herself.
The author begins by saying, "the selves of adolescent girls go down in droves. They crash and burn in a social and developmental Bermuda Triangle." Females who take a deep satisfying drink of life in their preteens, have IQ scores and math and science grades that plummet by the time they are teenagers.
But there is hope, some teen problems disappear on their own with time and maturity. Deeper needs are answered by teens' willingness to make choices about learning, thinking and positive behavioral action.