The Girl in The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween – Character Interview and Giveaway

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Character Interview of The Girl in The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween, by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein

Does Dr. Holstein portray you accurately?

Girl: “Yes, but she doesn’t tell you as much about my life as I would share if I knew how. She wrote my books in a diary format which I like. But if I had the chance I would do more to help you get to know me. For instance, I would put all around my house those cameras that are on all the time. You know, how you can go on the internet and watch some hawks raising their babies in Wisconsin high up in a tree? I would put those cameras around the house so you could see what it is like in our house at any hour of the day, in any room (except the bathroom, which is private). That way you would see more than I could ever put in a diary entry.

Also, I would have you able to follow me when we go places, like to the lake or to visit my grandmother, or shopping. Then I could really show you my whole world. I would even let you follow me when I my mom and I go out to eat or I go back to Springfield to visit my old friends. I don’t know how to you would do that, but magically we could figure it out.

I love the idea that I could become as real as characters in movies. In fact, that is what Dr. Holstein should do with me. She should let me be in a movie. It would be such fun. I can just imagine getting to the movie set and learning my lines and having things happen to me that would never happen in real life. That’s one thing that Dr. Holstein didn’t give me yet, enough magical things happening to me. She showed you all the real things that I do and solve and worry about. What about all the other things? The Harry Potter stuff of whimsy and magic? I can see me now: I have just climbed a mountain and ahead of me in the mist is a dark cave. I’m shivering and hungry. I smell the aroma of freshly baked cookies coming from the cave. There are eerie sounds of night birds in the background. Suddenly, I am terrified, so I pull on the cord that is around my waist and I start to fly, back down toward my home, my dinner, my soft bed….

Well, you get the idea. Magic would be great. Still, I am grateful to Dr. Holstein. She ‘got’ me down to a tee and she put lots of important stuff in The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween. She made me feel special and helpful to other girls. That’s pretty good.

3_27 BookCover_TheTruthDiaryOfAGutsyTween copy“I hate Angela and I wish she would move away tomorrow!” “I get so worried when I hear my parents fighting at night.” “My mother thinks my crush is silly. I know I am in love!” “I have so many questions about growing up. Who will answer them?” “I feel so awful when Jake makes fun of me.” “When I grow up I going to remember how to have fun with my kids and never look away.” Growing up is tough. Adults don’t always understand you (even though they were once kids), and children today face increasing pressure to be, look, or act a certain way. Written in the voice of a girl on the cusp of becoming a teenager, The Truth provides young girls with an opportunity to see how a girl, who is in many ways like themselves, handles her toughest problems and most personal thoughts. Each new page brings forth a discussion to help girls handle everyday problems: How do you survive a bully? How do you handle a crush on a boy? What can you do about relentless teasing by your peers? What really matters as you grow older?

In a positive and supportive diary-entry format, Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein encourages tween girls to carry the most precious parts of themselves into adulthood. A great book for mothers and daughters to read together, The Truth is aimed to improve communication, understanding, and self-esteem for young girls as they enter the rocky road of teenager-dom.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Date: June 27

Dear Diary,

I can’t believe it. Today we moved, and I feel like I’m in a dream. I just keep walking around our new house and wondering when we will go home. It feels so different and strange. Everything is on one floor (that’s called a ranch house). The floors are all bare wood. My mom said our rugs would look terrible here so she let the people who bought our old house keep them. I think she was probably right. They were a dark maroon and the walls here are a light cream. I don’t think that would look good. I went to the bathroom three times since we got here and every time I used a different bathroom. I can’t believe it. Three different toilets in the same house! Only my friend Susan, my rich friend, had more than two bathrooms in her house. And four bedrooms! And a family room. I can’t believe we have this much space now.

When I look out of the windows I expect to see the shrubs and the Hudson’s house who were next to us on the left, but I don’t. Instead, I see a big open field that will probably have houses built on it by next year. That’s what my dad said anyway. And when I look out to the right I expect to see our clothesline and the Dixon’s driveway, but instead I see rose bushes and a wooden bench under a tree that the last owners said we could have.

Tonight, we had to eat supper off paper plates and use plastic forks, knives, and spoons because our boxes are still packed. My aunt made us a big picnic basket full of food and that’s what we ate for supper. It was delicious. There was fried chicken, potato salad and potato chips, cupcakes for dessert, and fruit salad. And at the bottom of the basket under the ice was a whole package of Hershey Kisses. Yum!

My brother already started to play with a kid next door who’s about a year older than he is. He’s so lucky. I have no new friends yet and that’s the truth!

About the Author:3_27 AuthorPhoto_TruthDiaryOfAGutsyTweenI have been a positive psychologist in private practice for the past thirty years. In the course of working with my clients, I originated the idea of THE ENCHANTED SELF(R), a positive psychology therapy where I teach people how to recognize and utilize their strengths, talents, skills and even lost potential. I have developed a number of methods, including using our memories to rediscover what is right about ourselves and our lives, rather than what went wrong, helping people to overcome adversity, experience positive emotions and live the good life!

Since developing this concept, I’ve been able to use many tools to bring the Enchanted Self to everyone, particularly women and girls. I’ve written many books, starting with THE ENCHANTED SELF, A Positive Therapy, and then Recipes for Enchantment, The Secret Ingredient is YOU! My books for girls are very popular, as they are great fictional reads and also help deal with many of the questions that trouble kids as they move into the tween and teen years. The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween and Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen are the first two books in this series.

I really love to teach and educate about happiness and how to benefit from positive psychology in ways that let us lead lives of meaning and happiness. You can find me all over the place on the web. In particular,,, on Facebook, on Pinterest, and on You Tube.

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  1. Thank you for hosting

  2. I enjoyed the interview. Loved the excerpt.

  3. The beautiful cover is my favorite part of the post.

  4. Thanks for the giveaway! I like the character interview. 🙂

  5. my favorite part is the excerpt

  6. nice character interview

  7. Tempestt says:

    Great interview and excerpt.

  8. Love those character interviews

  9. Thanks so much for the comments. I really love letting the girl come alive in extra dialogue that I feel, like many other authors, the character is directing me to get it on paper! I hope some or all of you will read The Truth and let me know your feelings about the book. You can write to me at

  10. I enjoyed the character interview and the excerpt> Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

  11. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    i loved the interview

  12. Victoria says:

    Great interview – I really enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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