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Kiss My Math
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About The Book

New York Times bestselling author Danica McKellar tackles all the angles-and curves-of geometry! In her three previous bestselling books-Math Doesn't Suck, Kiss My Math, and Hot X: Algebra Exposed-Hollywood actress and math genius Danica McKellar shattered the "math nerd" stereotype by showing girls how to ace their math classes and feel cool - even glamorous - while doing it!

In Girls Get Curves, Danica applies her winning methods to geometry. Sizzling with her trademark sass and style, Girls Get Curves gives readers the tools they need to feel confident, get in the driver's seat, and totally "get" topics like congruent triangles, circles, proofs, theorems and more! Chapters feature:

  • Easy to follow, step-by-step instruction
  • Time-saving tips and tricks for homework and tests
  • Illuminating practice problems with detailed solutions
  • Real-world examples that teens can relate to!
  • True stories from Danica's own life as a math student and actress

Girls Get Curves also includes an invaluable "Proof Troubleshooting Guide" so students can get "unstuck" and conquer even the trickiest proofs!

Combining reader favorites like personality quizzes, fun illustrations, and real-life testimonials with illuminating step-by-step math lessons, Danica's irreverent, light-hearted approach opens the door to math success while also boosting girls' self-esteem in all areas of life.

With Danica as personal tutor and coach, students can sit back, relax, and watch their scores rise!

Excerpt

Math just got physical.

Look around-we live in a world of angles and curves. Geometry is responsible for the shape of the house you live in, the cars on the road, the shoes on your feet, and even the book in your hands. Diamond rings wouldn't be nearly so sparkly without the study of angles, and your favorite dress wouldn't fit nearly as well without the science of curves.

But geometry does more than help us to master the physical world. Doing geometry especially proofs-trains the logic center in our brains. And logic helps us stay clear and focused, which is useful in all parts of life! For example, imagine you and your brother are in an infuriating argument. Your emotions get the best of you, and you hear yourself saying, "You're wrong because you're just-wrong!" . . . which only makes him laugh at you. Or imagine an interview for your dream job, where the boss looks at you and simply says, "So, why should I hire you? You're not as qualified as the other applicants." Your cheeks flush as adrenaline shoots through your body. How do you handle it? Well, here's where you could use logic to focus that surge of energy, charming her with a foolproof argument filled with passion and personality. But without that focus, you might get caught up in the assumption that she doesn't like you, find yourself flooded with desperation, and end up blurting out, "Because I . . . I really want it. A lot. Please?"

Geometry can help.

Just by doing geometry-especially proofs-we train our brains to think more logically, to avoid making assumptions, and to create airtight arguments. Logic will help you to be not only a better communicator, but also a more savvy citizen-one who is less prone to being lied to or taken advantage of. And that's always nice.

Look, it's no secret that girls are often labeled as "emotional" and "irrational." Of course we're emotional-it's what gives us energy and passion, and it's one of the most beautiful, powerful parts of being a woman. But we don't have to be irrational. No way! Being irrational happens when strong emotions cloud our minds, causing us to say things or act in ways that don't serve our goals. The logic we learn in geometry literally focuses our passion, giving us the power to keep our wits about us, even during emotional whirlwinds.

And this new power comes just in time.

Not only is the math changing and developing, but as young women, so are we. Our bodies go through some pretty massive changes, bringing all sorts of curves . . . and a whole new kind of power. This can be thrilling and scary at the same time-especially since our hormones are on a roller coaster of their own. Talk about an emotional whirlwind! These changes present us with a host of new challenges: How do we celebrate our curves without objectifying ourselves? And with the media plastering airbrushed images of "perfect" women everywhere, how do we find the balance of accepting our bodies while working to keep fit in healthy ways?

Believe it or not, all of these challenges can be made easier when we get good at geometry. Having logic at our fingertips keeps our energy and desires focused, which is crucially important not only for keeping a healthy self-image, but also for transforming our passions into success of all types.

Just as geometry is the tool humans have used to build the world around us since the beginning of time, it's the tool that will help you build the life you dream of, whatever shape it might take. Go get 'em!

Personal Message From Danica McKellar

Geometry is a whole new way of thinking, so if you're feeling confused, don't be too hard on yourself, okay? For most people, it takes tons of practice to even start to feel comfortable with geometry. See, unlike algebra, there aren't "set" ways to do things, and sometimes each problem can seem like a whole new topic! We often have to be creative and think outside the box.

Proofs can be a particular challenge, but if you stick with it, they will sharpen your mind in ways you can't even imagine. After reading through a challenging proof, it's totally normal to freak out a little and think, "But I don't know how I'd ever apply what I just saw to other proofs. I just barely followed this one!" The good news is, you don't have to know. Just keep following along, and then see if you can re-create the proof without looking. Keep practicing: Patterns will start to emerge, and soon this stuff won't seem so foreign. Before you know it, you'll find yourself sitting down to tackle a proof, saying "Bring it on!" because you've learned the skill of strategizing and completing a proof. It really is a skill unto itself, and it will serve you in all areas of life.

We all have the power to shape our minds and our bodies in healthy ways. Feed your body healthy food and feed your mind hearty challenges like geometry, and you'll become the young woman you've always imagined yourself to be.

There will be no stopping you!

I'm so proud of you.

Danica

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