Released on 09 March 2017.

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Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be

For ages 12+
4.17 based on 42 ratings & 9 reviews on


Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be is full of honest advice about the big, bad and beautiful things that growing up is all about: from mental health to families to first love, and everything in between.

Gemma Cairney is an important advocate for young people and between her life experiences and her personal insight from her time as Radio 1's resident agony aunt on The Surgery, she is perfectly placed to offer hope and a huge comforting cuddle to young people questioning what life's all about or dealing with hard times.

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A guide to help young people navigate love, friendships, health and other aspects of growing up.
Utterly invaluable, gloriously gracious guide to life | This heartfelt handbook for young adults by an inspirational presenter and producer is the literary embodiment of a big sister’s shoulder and a best friend’s ear... Packed with an abundance of info, insight, empathy and encouragement - from the comforting “we all mess up sometimes”, to the truly uplifting “now go reach for the moon!” - OPEN is surely set to become THE must-have manual for young women navigating the often-tempestuous waters of their teenage years.
Informative, touching & inspiring... laced throughout with a sense of humour and true passion.
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