Reviving Ophelia

Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls

Pipher, Mary Bray

Book - 2005
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Reviving Ophelia
#1 New York Times Bestseller The groundbreaking work that poses one of the most provocative questions of a generation: what is happening to the selves of adolescent girls? As a therapist, Mary Pipher was becoming frustrated with the growing problems among adolescent girls. Why were so many of them turning to therapy in the first place? Why had these lovely and promising human beings fallen prey to depression, eating disorders, suicide attempts, and crushingly low self-esteem? The answer hit a nerve with Pipher, with parents, and with the girls themselves. Crashing and burning in a "developmental Bermuda Triangle," they were coming of age in a media-saturated culture preoccupied with unrealistic ideals of beauty and images of dehumanized sex, a culture rife with addictions and sexually transmitted diseases. They were losing their resiliency and optimism in a "girl-poisoning" culture that propagated values at odds with those necessary to survive. Told in the brave, fearless, and honest voices of the girls themselves who are emerging from the chaos of adolescence, Reviving Ophelia is a call to arms, offering important tactics, empathy, and strength, and urging a change where young hearts can flourish again, and rediscover and reengage their sense of self.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2005, c1994
Edition: 1st Riverhead trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 1594481881
Branch Call Number: 305.235 P665r 2005
Characteristics: 303 p. ;,21 cm


From Library Staff

Why are so many girls losing themselves and struggling with low self esteem? Is it the obsessive culture they grow up in and what can be done about it?

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Aug 07, 2014
  • Madmanintheattic rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Full disclosure - I am male. I think every mother of girls should read this book. Perhaps a little dated (really?) but I suspect things for girls have only gotten worse what with princesses, pink, over-sexualization and, according to a CBC documentary, that the major consumers of pornography are boys and girls 12 to 14. There is a War Against Boys (book title - read it) as well; heck, there is a war against everybody by our soulless consumer culture and it is time to stand up against it and start by taking better care of our children. Read this!

My next read is The Triple Bind:
Saving Our Teenage Girls From Today's Pressures

Apr 14, 2014

Great book, gives valuable insight of how empathy and kindness helps struggling teen girls overcome all kinds of issues ranging from self-harm to depression to body image issues.

Jun 24, 2011
  • penpencil22 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

a little dated, but still an interesting read with great advice.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add a Notice

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Find it at MCL