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New Book Empowers Teen Girls; Stresses Putting God First


ATLANTA, GA -- February 13, 2012 - Kharacter Distinction Books will release its first two mentoring book for teen girls titled “What’s Wrong With Me?: A Girl’s Book of Lessons Learned, Inspiration and Advice” and the “What’s Wrong With Me? Reflections Journal” by Daree Allen on Valentine’s Day. In the former title, Allen details various stories from her life and guides girls with lessons and advice for similar situations from family, relationships, friendships and sex–all from a godly perspective. The “Reflections Journal” is a workbook-style journal where girls can record their notes on said topics using thought-provoking exercises and writing prompts.

“What’s Wrong With Me?” is based on several journals Allen wrote as a child. “When I went back to my old diaries and read about all the issues and emotions I was dealing with back then, I realized that those same struggles I had 20 years ago are unfortunately still prevalent among girls today.”

The book educates and empowers girls about the issues that affect teen girls’ lives, including accepting their identity, dating relationships, dealing with toxic friends and family members, delaying premarital sex, building self-esteem, developing a positive attitude, dressing for success, setting goals, spending money wisely, handling anger and depression, embracing singleness, and discovering life purpose.

“I’m so glad Daree wrote this book,” says Jennifer Rogers Tyson of Left Right Collaborative. “It is desperately needed for girls today. We get through adolescence the best we can, and then as adults, we forget about the vulnerability, loneliness and feelings of those teen years that we didn’t know what to do with. We need to teach girls that they have voice and a right to think a certain way.”

The Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention reports that every day in Georgia, 62 teens become pregnant. Georgia has the 10th highest teen pregnancy rate in the country. In addition, according to a recent study on body image:

  • More than 50% of 10-year-old girls wish they were thinner.
  • 8 million people in the US suffer from an eating disorder, 90% of whom are women and girls.
  • Americans spend more than 40 billion dollars annually on diet and beauty products.

“The issues I grew up with are not much different from those of girls today—there’s just a little more bluntness, and our media and communities often help to desensitize or downplay issues of teen girls and young women today,” Allen says. “These issues--when left unchecked--often continue into adulthood, as I know many women my age and older who still struggle with these same issues. I never had a mentor or a big sister to help me navigate through the tumultuous years of teen angst, so I’m now stepping into that role.”

Allen will make appearances at a variety of events this month in the Atlanta area including events sponsored by Fro Fashion Week, Destiny Family Services (Sons and Daughters with Destiny Youth Leadership Academy). She is currently on a blog tour promoting “What’s Wrong With Me?” on over 30 blogs with reviews, interviews, and giveways through March 1. The full list of blog appearances can be found at

Allen has two book signings this month in Atlanta at Kat’s Cafe on February 18 and The Green Room Actor’s Lounge on February 19. Her books are available for purchase from The Green Room Actor’s Lounge; books and ebooks are available at and major online retailers.

For full event schedule and “What’s Wrong With Me?” ordering information, visit



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