The Girls' Guide to Conquering Life: How to Ace an Interview, Change a Tire, Talk to a Guy, and 97 Other Skills You Need to Thrive

The Girls' Guide to Conquering Life: How to Ace an Interview, Change a Tire, Talk to a Guy, and 97 Other Skills You Need to Thrive

by Erica Catherman, Jonathan Catherman


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There's a lot a girl needs to know as she grows up and makes her way in the world. Having a reference guide of practical how-to life skills and character traits can empower her to become a confident and capable woman. Coauthors Erica and Jonathan Catherman offer this collection of step-by-step instructions on 100 things girls need to succeed, including how to

- introduce yourself
- change a flat tire
- respectfully break up with a guy
- leave a tip
- apply for a job
- ask for a promotion
- behave during a police stop
- create a personal budget
- calculate square footage
- wash your face
- clear a clogged drain
- iron a shirt
- wear a scarf
- shoot a basketball
- sharpen kitchen knives
- and much more

In fact, if it's in here, it's an important skill or character trait practiced by capable and confident women. With great illustrations and sidebars of advice from world-class experts, this all-in-one reference tool for young women in the making is the perfect gift for birthdays, graduations, or any occasion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800729806
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 740,781
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Erica Catherman has spent more than twenty years mentoring young women as a coach to middle school, high school, and college students. Committed to raising up the next generation to be kind, confident, and capable, Erica has served as a youth group leader, community volunteer, and advocate for gender equality in sports. She is a certified Yoga Alliance and Group Fitness instructor.

Jonathan Catherman is the author of the bestselling The Manual to Manhood and The Manual to Middle School. An award-winning cultural strategist and a leading education trainer specializing in the character and leadership development of youth, Jonathan speaks worldwide about the principles and strengths that empower greatness in children, teens, and young adults.

The Cathermans live in North Carolina, where they work together to raise their family, which includes teenagers and a couple of big dogs. Learn more at

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

1 Guys & Dating 13

How to Talk with a Guy You Like

How to Invite a Guy on a First Date

How to Plan a Date

How to Decide Who Pays on a Date

How to Meet a Guy's Parents for the First Time

How to Balance Time with Boyfriend vs. Girlfriends

How to Respectfully Break Up with a Guy

2 Social Skills & Manners 33

How to Shake Hands

How to Introduce Yourself

How to Introduce Other People

How to Listen Well

How to Speak Up for Yourself or Others

How to Open the Door for Another Person

How to Set a Table

How to Order from a Menu

How to Leave a Tip

How to Wrap a Gift

How to Clean a Bathroom

How to Make a Bed

3 Work & Ethics 67

How to Apply for a Job

How to Fill Out an Application

How to Interview for a Job

How to Ask for a Raise

How to Ask for a Promotion

How to Resign

How to Ask for a Reference

4 Wealth & Money Management 89

How to Create a Personal Budget

How to Build a Savings Account

How to Manage a Credit Card Account

How to Invest in the Future

How to Live Debt-Free

5 Health & Beauty 105

How to Properly Wash Your Hair

How to Shave Your Legs

How to Shave under Your Arms

How to Apply Hair-Styling Product

How to Wash Your Hands Properly

How to Freshen Bad Breath

How to Wear Perfume

How to Wash Your Face

How to Trim Your Fingernails

How to Care for Your Feet

How to Apply Nail Polish

6 Clothes & Fashion 135

How to Wash Laundry

How to Dry Laundry

How to Iron a Button-Down Shirt

How to Iron Slacks/Pants

How to Care for Leather Shoes or Boots

How to Wear a Scarf

How to Sew On a Button

How to Spot Treat a Stain

How to Fold a Shirt

How to Shop for a Bra

7 Sports & Recreation 163

How to Kick a Soccer Ball

How to Set a Volleyball

How to Throw a Football

How to Shoot a Basketball

How to Pitch a Softball

How to Swing a Golf Club

How to Putt

How to Throw Darts

How to Hit a Cue Ball

How to Pitch Horseshoes

8 Cars & Driving 191

How to Shift a Manual Transmission

How to Change a Flat Tire

How to Jump-Start a Dead Battery

How to Check the Oil

How to Parallel Park

How to Behave after an Auto Accident

How to Behave during a Police Stop

9 Food & Cooking 215

How to Make a Grocery List and Stock a Pantry

How to Brew Coffee

How to Make Pancakes from Scratch

How to Scramble Eggs

How to Cook Bacon

How to Boil Pasta

How to Cook Rice

How to Make Mashed Potatoes

How to Oven-Bake a Whole Chicken

How to Broil Steak

How to Pan-Sear Fish

How to Light a Charcoal Grill

How to Grill Steak

How to Grill

Pork Chops

How to Sharpen a Kitchen Knife

10 Tools & Fix-It 255

How to Stock a Tool Kit

How to Read a Tape Measure

How to Swing a Hammer

How to Cut with a Circular Saw

How to Use a Drill

How to Use a Crowbar

How to Use an Adjustable Wrench

How to Use a Level

How to Calculate Square Footage

How to Turn Off a Toilet Water Line

How to Unclog a Toilet

How to Clear a Clogged Sink Drain

How to Check the Circuit Breakers

How to Find a Stud in the Wall

How to Hang a Picture

How to Fix a Small Hole in a Wall

Notes 297

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The Girls' Guide to Conquering Life: How to Ace an Interview, Change a Tire, Talk to a Guy, and 97 Other Skills You Need to Thrive 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be helpful and interesting. As a 40+ woman, I think having a book like this when I was younger would have been pretty cool indeed. Some of the information is very basic - Making a bed, Opening the Door for Someone, and yet, there is a ton of information that is useful and important to know. Some girls are taught these things, maybe go to etiquette classes (which are not around like they used to be), but I know there are many girls who are likely never taught these things. Even the most simple things such as how to introduce someone, how to apply for a job, create a resume, dress for an interview. But not only does this book include tips on beauty, fashion, dating, friendship; it also includes tips on how to change a flat tire, parallel park, fix a hole in the wall, clear a clogged drain. This is seriously the go to book if you need quick information on most basic skills. It includes a list of all the tools you need and a step by step on how to carry it out. I would highly recommend this book for teen and college age girls, and maybe even some adults like me. I was provided a copy of this book courtesy of Revell. I was not asked or required to review positively and all opinions are my own
Dalai-Momma-Drama More than 1 year ago
The Book: The Girls’ Guide To Conquering Life: How To Ace An Interview, Change A Tire, Talk To A Guy, And 97 Other Skills You Need To Thrive by Erica and Jonathon Catherman is a fun and witty advice book for young women. It’s formatted in a lovely way…chapters of advice…small illustrations and visual guides….told in a way that is not meant to be silly but rather light-hearted with actual meaning at giving the advice given. Does that make sense? Whimsical…that’s what I mean. It gives actual sound advice but it has such a mild air to it that it felt whimsical at times. There is nothing harsh about the book. There isn’t 7004any real serious topics. I am not sure if I appreciated that…or missed it. Either way…it covered basics and it made a point to give actual advice and tips which makes for a great gift to someone’s elses daughter that you don’t or can’t step over boundaries with. There is not a need to feel that there is any agendas pushed on someone. It’s just a lovely self-help book geared towards young ladies and that’s it. A great read. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I actually grabbed the audiobook from the library as well. Figured I’d review both, rather than just the book alone. The table of contents makes it easy to look up a particular skill and they are organized by groups: guys & dating social skills & manners work & ethics wealth & money management health & beauty clothes & fashion sports & recreation cars & driving food & cooking tools & fix-it Still, the book covers just about everything, from dating etiquette to tipping servers, cleaning bathrooms to making beds. This book is packed with daily chores or experiences that will be new to any young teen and it will save them some frustration if they know going in what’s expected. For example, when I was younger, I struggled with tipping because I had no idea what was expected. I mean, I knew about tipping a server in a restaurant, but what about the valet or hotel housekeeping? Thanks to 4H (like Scouts, but for boys and girls), I learned not only how to set a table properly, but I won a few blue ribbons in the local fair competitions. This book covers that, setting the fork, knife, spoon and so on. This may seem outdated as most either eat out or eat while watching TV, but I think it may still come in handy, especially when hosting a dinner party or having company come over for dinner. As a teen, this isn’t necessarily an issue, but it will be that bit of information stored now for later use. 296 pages of helpful advice, this would make a great reference for teenagers to have handy in their home library. The car and fix-it sections alone make this book a worthwhile purchase. Some of the skills may be obvious and unnecessary, but the author can’t assume that the reader knows everything. I mean, that’s the point of this book, right? I received a complimentary copy from Revell in exchange for my honest opinion. The audiobook I checked out from the library was ok. I didn’t love it. In fact, most of it was bland and more like lists of things to do or accomplish towards a bigger goal, like an Ikea manual. Ok, maybe I exaggerated a bit, but after listening to it, I really can’t imagine any young teen girl (or older teen for that matter) would stick around to listen all the way through to the end. So while I can’t recommend the audiobook as it is way too dull with list after list, I do recommend the book as a guide to have available in the home.
HeidiLindsley More than 1 year ago
This book by Erica and Jonathan Catherman is a guide for young girls navigating into adulthood. This guide goes all the way from talking to boys and how to wear scarves, to asking for a raise and changing a tire. The first part of the book seemed geared toward pre-teens or early teens, while the second part, dealing with cars and cooking, seemed geared toward older teens. I think this would be a nice book to have and reference for things such as cooking and vehicle maintenance. Personally, in my early twenties, I do not feel that this book is helpful for me, but I definitely would recommend it as a gift for a young girl. Each how-to is listed step by step, including what materials are needed and the time required to complete that task. Overall, I gave this 3/5 stars, though I can see how a younger person might find this more helpful and rate it higher. *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
SincerelyStacie More than 1 year ago
As a parent, I hope that I send our kids off into the world as fully capable adults able to handle situations and tasks on their own. Teaching them things like doing their own laundry, boiling water for pasta, leaving a proper tip, or cleaning their bathroom seem obvious. This book covers all of these plus many others that didn't see as obvious, but just as important. From Guys/Dating/Social Skills/Manners to Work Ethics and Money Management there are several great tips about self-confidence, listening skills, manners, and handling yourself in a job interview. For the Health/Beauty/Clothes and Fashion sections, there are lots of personal hygiene tips as well as tips for caring and shopping for your clothing. The book shares basic lessons in sports like how to throw a football or how to throw a dart. There are several recipes included to cover all kinds of meals. Car care and fix-it jobs round out the chapters. When I lived in my own apartment after college, I had to learn a few of these things through trial and error, but for the most part, my parents did a great job of teaching me all the things I needed to know. This book fills in the gaps. Each lesson offers an illustration, items needed, the time required, steps to take, and then a fact or quote at the end. This book offers an easy-to-read format and makes it convenient to look up what you want to learn or to read a few tips at a time. Everything is explained, for example, when cooking pasta it states to place a colander in the sink. For those who maybe wouldn't know what a colander is, that is also explained. Everything is detailed and precise. Tween-teen girls are the target audience for this book making it a great gift idea for graduations, confirmations, and birthdays. This book gives girls a head start in life, making sure they are ready for various situations and going into them with confidence and knowledge.
TheFlyingErrow More than 1 year ago
This book contains 100 different how-to's that are valuable in any girls life, really in any person at all's, life. There are quite a few things in this book that are great to know, such as what to do if you are in a car accident, or how to start a charcoal grill. Despite the many great tips that the couple has in this book, it would be great if they could get quite a bit more detailed in their descriptions. Some parts confused me quite a bit in the later parts, and more detail would cause me to actually understand. I also wish that there were more intimate details, like help for girls when it comes to menstruation or other more girl oriented problems, not just on boys and tools.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book was every unique writing and compelling to read with also giving us the knowledge and tools for young girls that will transform to woman and to become strong, confident and capable woman. Everything in this book are very useful for a real life and show how to do thing and how to instructions that will make your journey to womanhood a little smoother that can fix stuff, can demonstrate good character, and can handle social situation with grace and confidence. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Revell Reading for this review”.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
THE GIRL'S GUIDE TO CONQUERING LIFE... is a must read book - necessary for any girl's library that would be an excellent gift for graduation or just because. Girls will refer to this book often as they need to know how to do this or that. Some of the things the book describes in a step-by-step manner are highlighted in the description, but there is so much more included. For instance: (and for those who don't know how) there is a page dedicated to teaching girls how to shave their underarms. It includes a list of necessary items to do the job as well as a detailed list of eight different steps. (Note: It does not include steps if you have had a mastectomy and have scar tissue to avoid, but hopefully most girls won't need ti Plus there are basic cooking skills (how to make pancakes, or cook bacon) basic housekeeping skills (how to fold a shirt, how to wash clothes, how to use a dryer), and basic skin care instructions (washing face, foot care, removing makeup) and of course those life skills that girls need to know to be fully independent from men (or if there's no man around) such as how to change a flat tire, or change oil, PLUS so much more. This book is a must have for girls and women from early teens on up. Some things included I have never done and I would need the instructions for -- and I'm a wife and mother of five. I received a copy of this book free. All opinions are my own.
Becky6 More than 1 year ago
“The Girls’ Guide to Conquering Life” is a manual for teen girls about practical life skills which are written by Erica and Jonathan Catherman. The authors outline over 100 skills that cover dating, social relationships, money, the workplace, health and beauty, fashion, cooking, sports, fix it yourself, and simple mechanics. Erica and Jonathan Catherman are a husband and wife who are passionate about mentoring and coaching youth which shows throughout the book. I don’t think their goal was executed well though. Many skills such as “how to wash your hair” are skills that young girls should already have learned. There were some skills that would come across confusing in a page of simple steps without illustrations or diagrams. There were also some skills that are completely hands-on and require life experience to figure out. I also thought it was odd that this is a book about character, but there was no explanation what that is or what it looks like. There was also no mention of a solid Biblical foundation which is very important in my opinion. In fact, there was absolutely no mention of God, spiritual topics, or Scripture references. However, I wouldn’t completely rule it out because parents can use it as a teaching tool as they help their daughters learn the many basic skills found in the book. It can also open up discussions. I’d recommend this, but this is a book that can easily be skipped over. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.