Friday, May 22, 2015

The Truth: Diary of a Gutsy Tween: Character Interview with Excerpt


The Girl in The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween is interviewed!

"Hi, I'm so excited that you actually want to interview ME instead of Dr. Holstein!  Wow, finally someone realized that maybe I have some thoughts and ideas of my own.  I'm glad Dr. Holstein put me into print, but I'm sick and tired of her putting ideas into my head.  I can come up with my own thoughts and feelings, thank you very much!  So here goes:

1. Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
 I want to go to Vietnam very badly. You see, because of me, a little girl in Vietnam started to write to Dr. Holstein.  Her mother had bought her a copy of The Truth and she loved it!  Yes, of course I am pleased that she loved me, but the bad news was she didn't write to me-she wrote to Dr. Holstein.  And they have continued to write to each other for a few years.  So now, I want to go to Vietnam and meet Linh and her family.   I want her to take me around the country and I want to eat all the interesting foods and ride a motorbike and have fun.  And Dr. Holstein? She can stay home!!!!

2.  Tell us about your family.
Well, my family is complicated.  My mother doesn't listen to me.  My dad can be crabby and he yells at my mom too much.  My younger brother is a pest and gets crumbs in my bed and no one understands that I need a puppy!

3. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?  Hey, I'm still a kid, but I'll answer anyway.  I don't want to be a housewife.  I hate staying around the house all day and I hate to clean.  I want to earn a lot of money and I want to help people all around the world.  I'm not exactly sure what my profession will turn out to be.  Maybe I will figure out a way to help people have clean water all around the world, or maybe I will be a doctor and help people who have had accidents or been in earthquakes. 

4. What was the scariest moment in your life?  So far it was when my dad came home and told us we were going to move!  I don't think he or my mom understood at all how frightened I was and still am.  Don't they realize that this town I live in and this house on this street is all I have ever known?  I don't want to leave my friends or anything I am used to.  And even though I'm not sure I'm in love anymore with Paul, I don't want to leave him.  I still lie awake at night worried!  This is awful.

5. What are you favorite TV shows? I like the reruns of I Love Lucy the best.  I find her very soothing and funny.  She is smart and always figures out ways to bring spice into her life.  I think if she lived now she wouldn't have stayed at home.  She would be out working and would earn a good living.  I know in the 50's most women stayed at home.  As I said, I will never do that.  But for someone who did stay at home, she had lots of fun and interesting things happen to her.  I
love when she got on TV advertising that syrup that had alcohol in it!

6. What one word describes you? Determined.

7.Tell us about your favorite restaurant.  It is called the Far East and it serves Chinese food.  We only go there on special occasions as it costs a lot.  But they have the most delicious lobster sauce and great wonton soup.  I love the atmosphere.  They have Chinese paintings on the walls, ceiling fans and Chinese music in the background.  I feel like I am traveling!

8.You just won a huge lottery prize, what would you buy?
I would give a lot of the money to my parents so hopefully my dad would decide that we can stay where we are.  Then no matter what, I would buy a puppy and give money to the ASPCA to take care of animals.

9, What makes you happy?
When no one is fighting in the house!

10. A favorite quote:

"All grownups were children first. (But few of them remember it.)"  from The Little Prince


The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween
by Barbara Becker Holstein


"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.


Date: December 2

Dear Diary,

I have a secret and it’s been eating me up inside, so I have to tell you. I lied to Angela. I told her I had a terrible sore throat and couldn’t come for the weekend. She said she was sorry and that she would invite me again. I felt terrible, and then my throat really began to hurt. But I just couldn’t go to Springport for a whole weekend even though I miss being around Angela.

Now that I have best friends here, I don’t feel the same way I used to about going back to visit. And I didn’t know how to tell Angela that. I could tell when we talked on the phone that she really wanted me to come. And she sent me a new selfie, holding a sign that reads I Miss You! She even told me that she doesn’t have a new best friend since I left. She really misses me. She also told me that Paul is in lots of her classes and he asks if she’s talked to me. How could I tell her I’m in love with Rob and don’t care about Paul anymore? How could I tell her that I have new best friends and want to stay here with them?

I did go to Sally’s instead, and we had the best time. Her mother ordered pizza for us and we drank Coke. We watched television and made popcorn and did each other’s hair with all of Sally’s older sister’s hair products we found in the bathroom. I look silly with curly hair. We kept laughing and falling on the floor and giggling, and we played this fun game that Jackie learned in camp last summer. We all lay down on the floor and we each put our head on someone else’s belly. Someone says, “Ha-ha,” and then the next person says, “Haha- ha,” until everyone is laughing. Then you can’t stop laughing because the belly you are on is bouncing all around under your head. Sally’s mom got really angry at all the noise we were making, and we had to turn off the lights and pretend to go to sleep. I hardly slept a wink, though. I was so excited and having so much fun with my new friends. I was tired the next morning and really did have a sore throat when I went home, but I didn’t care. It was worth it to have so much fun.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I 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 at Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein: Psychologist & Author, on Pinterest at  and on You Tube. Just look for me on You Tube via Barbara Becker Holstein


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