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From a well-known actress and math geniusa groundbreaking guide to mathematics for middle school girls, their parents, and educators As the math education crisis in this country continues to make headlines, research continues to prove that it is in middle school when math scores begin to dropespecially for girlsin large part due to the relentless social conditioning thatFrom a well-known actress and math genius—a groundbreaking guide to mathematics for middle school girls, their parents, and educators As the math education crisis in this country continues to make headlines, research continues to prove that it is in middle school when math scores begin to drop—especially for girls—in large part due to the relentless social conditioning that tells girls they “can't do” math, and that math is “uncool.” Young girls today need strong female role models to embrace the idea that it's okay to be smart—in fact, it's sexy to be smart! It's Danica McKellar's mission to be this role model, and demonstrate on a large scale that math doesn't suck. In this fun and accessible guide, McKellar—dubbed a “math superstar” by The New York Times—gives girls and their parents the tools they need to master the math concepts that confuse middle-schoolers most, including fractions, percentages, pre-algebra, and more. The book features hip, real-world examples, step-by-step instruction, and engaging stories of Danica's own childhood struggles in math (and stardom). In addition, borrowing from the style of today's teen magazines, it even includes a Math Horoscope section, Math Personality Quizzes, and Real-Life Testimonials—ultimately revealing why math is easier and cooler than readers think....

Title : Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle-School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail
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ISBN : 9781594630392
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Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle-School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail Reviews

  • Kathrynn
    2018-12-25 14:16

    I enjoyed reading this book and the humor that the author put into explaining math concepts. This book is definitely written for the female persuasion as most of the examples pertain to buying nail polish, shopping (sales and percents off), comparing boyfriends (finding greatest common factor), making beaded friendship bracelets (factoring), etc. I found most of the material in 3/4 of this book 5th grade level math. Factoring, fractions, adding with common denominators, finding common denominators, multiplying (canceling), finding greatest common factor, etc., + - x / with decimals and percentsOnly after Chapter 17 did I find new material for my 7th grader. There isn't any geometry in this book and that is where my 7th grader is in 7th grade math. I did enjoy reading some of the memory tricks and believe they would be valuable for anyone (male/female) (teacher/student) struggling with math or teaching. The book is well laid out, lots of examples and cuteness. There is a silly section on your "math horoscope" and that's all I'll say about that.If anyone would like to know the other chapters or material covered, here they are:Part 1: Factors and Multiples Don't SuckChapter 1, How to Make a Killing on eBay (prime #'s and prime factorization)Chapter 2, Do you still have a crush on him? (greatest common factor)Chapter 3, You can never have too many shoes (multiples and lowest common multiple)Part 2, Fractions Don't SuckChapter 4, Everything you ever wanted to know about pizza but were afraid to ask (fractions)Chapter 5, How many iced lattes can these actors drink? (x / fractions and reciprocals)Chapter 6, When to seriously stop raiding the fridge (equivalent fractions and reducing)Chapter 7, Is your sister trying to cheat you out of your fair share? (comparing fractions)Chapter 8, How much do you and your best friend have in common (common denominators--+-)Chapter 9, Choosing the perfect necklace (complex fractions)Part 3: Decimals Don't SuckChapter 10, What every savvy shopper should know (decimals)Chapter 11, Why Calculators would make terrible boyfriendsChapter 12, How to entertain yourself while babysitting a devil child (converting deicmals to fractions)Part 4: Percents join the party...and they don't suck either.Chapter 13, Sale of the century (converting percents to/from decimals and fractions)Chapter 14, A choreographed performance (mixing fractions, decimals, and percents)Part 5, Word problem's don't suckChapter 15, The universal language of love...and math (intro to word problems)Chapter 16, Does she ever get off the phone? (ratios)Chapter 17, The perks of a southern drawl (rates and unit rates)Chapter 18, Filmmaker Extraordinaire (proportions)Chapter 19, Are you drinking enough water? (unit conversions)Part 6, Even Algebra Doesn't SuckChapter 20, Who's the cute new foreign exchange student? (intro to solving for x)Chapter 21, Romeo and Juliet (intro to solving for x in word problems)

  • Jada
    2019-01-11 20:17

    While part of me is a good bit disturbed by all of the "girly-ness" (and my junior high self would be completely insulted), I would, and likely will, promote this book. It is a fact that many girls (and boys as well) are all tied up in the world that they are told is supposed to be theirs - makeup, celebrities, shopping, waxing(?!?), etc. I think this book could do a nice job of reaching those girls who could care less for something if it didn't involve these things. McKellar draws girls in with the usual, then she actually talks about some worthwhile things without sounding preachy, but like a friend. Sure she pushes the "smart is sexy, and you want to be sexy, right?" - but isn't it? But she also talks about what studying math can do for your own health and happiness. And her math is clear and fun, with relevant, up-to-date examples - it's playful and that's good for anyone learning math.The horoscopes do irk me, but hopefully, if this book works, it's readers will develop a sense of logic and reason and eventually come to realize that horoscopes are a load of unfounded crap. Hopefully they'll even develop a sense of self without being told who they are.Overall, I think this is a great book that could get and keep a lot of girls out there interested in math. I'm happy to see that all 20 out of 27 copies at 4 surrounding library systems are currently checked out.

  • Karen
    2019-01-16 19:40

    I'm not a middle-school student by a long shot--I'm a woman in her late 20s with a lifelong fear of math--but found this book to be a refreshing refresher course. Is it silly? You betcha! Did I skip the quizzes and wince at some of the examples? Yes and yes. But it's also encouraging and it works. I read through the whole thing in a couple of days, will probably go back and do some of the "homework". I have a recurring nightmare in which I haven't passed my high school math course and therefore my high school and college diplomas are void. The dream ends with me being forced to re-enroll in the 9th grade. Oh, the horror! I figured it was time to put an end to my irrational math phobia.

  • Lisa
    2019-01-19 14:25

    Ok, so like you've seen this drop-dead gorgeous dress at a boutique and it costs $62. Well, you've only got $50 bucks...what's a girl to do???You wait 'til it goes on sale! Ok, so like the boutique is having a 1/5 off and no tax sale, yippee!! But do you have enough money to get the dress of your dreams?? Let's find out...Danica McKellar uses practical stories like these to make math a necessity for living, even when you're a middle school girl. Her mathematic tips are easily explained. We are talking basic math stellar realizations that will land you AP math your freshman year...but Danica DOES take the stress out of doing math. Sprinkled throughout the book are pictures & stories of beautiful adult women at some swanky party who use math in their careers, but had some sort of awful math experience as girls. "Danica's Diary" entries also offer words of hope and advice for surviving math. An easy quick read, with a good table of contents and index to help you get right to the section of math you are needing. Would be a great gift for a middle school girl. Danica makes math fun, while building a girl's confidence a the same time. Basically, this star/math genius pulls off what she's trying to attempt here.

  • Heather Wade
    2018-12-28 18:35

    As a middle school math teacher, I would recommend this book to a very select group of girls. You should really know a student before recommending this book. Recommend it to the wrong student and I think they could be very offended. This is only for the girly girl. As a not so girly girl myself, I was a little offended at how girly the book actually was. But, after I got past the girly-ness, the book does have great real-world examples that I might use in my classroom after a bit of "tweaking."

  • Jason
    2018-12-27 13:21

    "Wonder (years) where Danica McKellar has been? Doing math!"I haven't read this yet, but can't wait. Feel free to use the above for blurbs.

  • Shannon
    2018-12-30 14:33

    This book helped me so much! I did well on my college placement test and I give lots of the credit to this book. The way she teaches stuck in my mind. No doubt I do have to work on a couple of areas in math but there was no way I would have been able to do as well as I did without having consulted this book. I am definitely considering getting the other 2 books she has written. Just in case I need more refreshing. I would definitely recommend this book to someone who has been out of school for more than a couple years and needs a refresher. Lots of little hints and shortcuts too. My son also helped me and between this book and his brains I was able to accomplish my goal.

  • Susan
    2019-01-19 17:31

    Based on the covers of Danica McKellar's books - glamorous author and goofy names - I never would have picked them up, although I suppose the point is to appeal to teen girls, not their middle-aged mothers. When I learned that McKellar is an award-winning scientist/mathematician with a theorem named after her, I looked twice. I love this book! It explains concepts in several different ways so if you or your child don't understand one explanation, you can move to another one. It also has lots of shortcuts and tips that make math easier. Scattered throughout all her math books are vignettes about women who have exciting jobs that use math, how to deal with test anxiety, and why being smart is cool.There are not many practice problems in this book. The author did this on purpose - she states in the introduction that there are lots of resources for more problems. This book is more of an explanation of how math works. There are a small number of problems - about 5 - in each section. What I do with my daughter is have her to the problems in the book. If she does them with no trouble, we move on the the next section. If she has trouble, I find problems on the topic in other math books for her to practice.The style is breezy and chatty, and might get annoying to adults or serious math students after a while. It is also very much oriented to girls, which in one sense is good because it makes girls feel comfortable with math and holds their interest. On the other hand, her tips and approaches would be useful for all students, so parents and teachers may want to use the ideas to help all students even if boys wouldn't be caught dead reading it themselves.

  • Richard Gartee
    2019-01-17 14:33

    I checked this book out from the library to preview it before buying it for my great-niece. This book is excellent at what it sets out to do, which is encourage young women to do well in math. Danica McKellar is not only a beautiful TV star but something of a math genius as well. This book talks about math problems using examples of fingernail polish, dresses, and relationships with boys. The math is solid and the writing will engage any middle school girl. She also has several tricks for quickly solving math problems, finding factors, etc. that even I didn't know. So an adult can learn something here as well. Unfortunately, I don't think you can get a math challenged boy to read this as it is so thoroughly inundated with examples intended to appeal to females. In addition to math, the book also gives girls practical advice on taking tests, reducing stress, healthy diet, and hydration.Danica McKellar has written several more books introducing girls to per-algebra, algebra, and geometry. Whether the girl in your life loves math already or hates it, she will enjoy this book and benefit from it.

  • Devon
    2018-12-26 15:13

    I love this book! I recommend it to anyone that needs a little reminder of how to do some middle school math. I had to do some math homework over the summer to review certain topics before i skipped a grade. When i got stuck, i cracked open this book, turned to a certain chapter, and suddenly i understood perfectly what my homework wanted me to do! I love it! Danica ties middle school drama into perfect math situations. You can really understand how to do the work. I'm in algebra, and this book is totally helping.

  • Mary
    2019-01-18 19:39

    I wish I had found this book when I was still teaching math to fifth-graders. Though most of the stuff is pretty basic (for teachers), McKeller did give me a couple of new ways of explaining concepts to kids that I would have used in my teaching. This book seems like it would also be good for struggling math students, though I would expect they would resist reading it because of their difficulties.

  • Kimberly
    2019-01-23 20:11

    This book is artfully written with various creative parts. The troubleshooting guide is so unique at the end. If you have questions, Danica has answers. The only problem is I wanted more advise on algebra. Maybe a different book.

  • Lp
    2018-12-30 15:18

    I actually had to pony up Real Cash to get this, as my library doesn't have it yet. Hrm. I've heard raves about this, but it seems too girly even for me (Horoscopes? Really necessary?) and I tend to the girl end of the spectrum when it comes to books. But I have kids learning math right now--not middle school yet, but I didn't do so well in math (actually did well, but didn't go beyond basic high school math), so I need to get prepared for that.It really says something about my desperation to have kids who don't hate math that I even considered getting this book, much less paying Cash! Money! for it. I heard the author on Terri Gross [Correction: Science Friday], and personally found her annoying--she was on with these older more established female mathematicians and kept interrupting them! But they seemed to like her. Also, she kept saying the reason we don't do as well in math is because of our love of pop culture. Funny, the only reason this book has gotten any press is because of your place in pop culture (as Winnie on "the Wonder Years). Personally, I always thought I didn't do well in math because my teachers thought math was for geniuses--if you don't get it, it's because you're not meant to get it (aka too dumb).But even with all this, I am thinking the book might be worth a look. From what I hear, it explains math in non-math terms, and the narrative format might be appealing to a right (left?)-brained person.

  • Marta
    2019-01-03 16:23

    Had to relearn math after 35 years to help my nephew with college math. These books are written for preteen & teen girls, but don't let that deter you because they are excellent sources for learning or relearning math. I got them from the library first, but then bought the 1st three for reference.Ms. McKellar goes into exacting detail to explain why something is done to numbers without dumbing down the material. I've gone through Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail, Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss, and Hot X: Algebra Exposed. Looking forward to Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape. Wish she had an Algebra II and/or College Algebra and hope she keeps writing these excellent books!

  • Truly
    2018-12-27 17:18

    1 + 1 =……?1 + 1 adalah….?Dua kalimat matematika di atas nyaris sama tapi jawabannya berbeda jauh. Jangan minta saya menerangkan panjang lebar jawabannya, tapi kedua kalimat matematika tersebut adalah kalimat yang paling saya ingat selama ini. Kedua kalimat matematika tersebut diperkenalkan oleh pengajar di tempat kursus saya. Maksudnya untuk memberikan pemahaman bahwa sebuah kalimat matematika bisa menghasilkan jawaban yang tak terbatas.........................................Buku ini juga memberikan cerita mengenai bagaimana zodiak kita menghadapi matematika. Hem... Aquarius katanya, ".... Setelah dewasa kamu akan menyadari, bahwa nilai-nilai yang bagus dan segala sesuatu yang diajarkan di sekolah-terutama matematika-adalah kunci kebebasan yang selama ini kamu idam-idamkan.... matematika akan membawamu kepada kekuasaan dan kebebasan. Tidak ada lagi batasannya bagimu; kalau kamu cukup pintar untuk memahami matematika kamu akan memperoleh kebebasan itu dan melakukan apa pun yang ingin kamu lakukan nantinya"........................................http://[email protected]

  • Heather Speer
    2019-01-23 17:41

    Not just for middle-schoolers...I'm nearly 30 and have struggled with math starting in the 8th grade. Now that I have to know math again to try to get accepted into a master's program, I'm trying to start from where I last truly understood math and work my way back up. Danica's book is really helpful in breaking down different topics and showing different ways to work the problems. Most of the topics were easy for me but I pinpointed a few trouble spots. The best thing about this book, for me, is that it took me from saying "I suck at math" to "I know all of the math up to this point, but I don't remember how to convert decimals to fractions", which gives me a point to work from! There are not a lot of practice problems within the book, but there's a resource section at the back to find extra help. I found this book to be a great help, and I'm definitely planning to check out her other math books, particularly the algebra one!

  • Genevieve
    2019-01-07 18:12

    This is a book attempting to make middle school math interesting, relevant and understandable for middle-school girls. I think the way she explains math is great and I found the book very interesting and fun. Her examples are usually of the more vapid "how to get a great deal on boots" variety, but hell, that's life, and math is relevant to life. I want to say that she should expect girls to be interested in math for its own sake, or not play in to stereotypes about girls being only interested in things like makeup, drama club, etc, but I think this book is specifically targeted at the girls who feel intimidated by math and do have interests like that. And in that regard, I think it's a success. (If a girl is interested in math for its own sake, she might not need this book! However, I am, and I liked the book.)She constantly refers to appearances, but at least she also talks all the time about intelligence and being helpful to friends. And hey, she's an actress!

  • Kate
    2019-01-17 13:41

    This is, like, TOE-tally written for junior high girls who just, like, don't get math. Since junior high was my mathematics trainwreck, I decided to pick this up and see if it would help me finally understand what I, like, SOOOOOOoooo didn't get back then. The cover looks like a teen magazine. There's a lot in there about how it's okay to be a smart girl. Really. Boys will still like you. And then there's the math stuff. I finally understand functions and other math concepts that never made ANY sense to me. This Danica woman is an actress and, literally, a math genius. She got a degree in mathematics from UCLA and was one of three or four people to come up with some brilliant theorem or solve some pressing math problem that nobody else could solve, or something. And boys still like her. Totally.

  • Kevyn
    2019-01-07 14:25

    "OMG", I thought as I walked down the hallway to math class. It was mid-year, in 7th grade. I was about to get my math test back... which I probably failed. If you get this feeling right before you get every math test back, then this book is perfect for you. Even kids in their early high school years may find this book useful because it takes middle school math and puts it into a way the middle school kids (and high school kids) can understand. This book is for anyone but it specifically targets girls. You are probably thinking, "Even if i have this book, there is no way i can teach myself!" But you would be shocked. The way the math in this book is taught is very simple, compared to the way many middle school teachers teach. You CAN teach yourself!

  • Lisa
    2019-01-23 13:14

    Yes, girls can do math. Danika McKellar (the actress who played Winnie in "The Wonder Years" T.V. show) grew up and earned a degree in Mathematics from UCLA. She wrote this book to help middle school girls understand that they can be girls and also be good at math. Full of fun analogies that young girls can relate to -- for example, improper fractions are like sneakers while mixed numbers are like high heals, (you use improper fractions to do most everything, but if you want to present an answer in a formal way, you write it as an improper fraction), it presents clear explanations for some of the mathematics topics middle schoolers find most difficult. Lots of fun to read! AND some great tips!

  • Cynthia
    2019-01-03 12:21

    When I was growing up, I was always terrified and intimidated by any kind of math. Every step was hard-won for me. But when my daughter began seventh grade, I bought this book, because it bothered me that I could never help her with simple math like fractions, which had been one of the worst types of math for me as a child. I can't believe how much this book helped me. I not only discovered that I'm not bad at math at all, but I actually LOVE it! Danica McKellar should be declared a national treasure for demystifying math in the easy, fun way that she does. And every school in America should be using her books to help students who have trouble with math. Thank you for this series of books, Ms. McKellar!

  • Rhian
    2019-01-23 16:22

    Though I'm sure he won't tell his friends, my math-averse 11-yr old son and I are working through this book and finding it tremendously helpful. The material is very well organized, is explained succinctly and intelligently, and the annoying shopping stuff is easily ignored. I know my son's not the target audience, and I'm sure many girls appreciate a book tailored specially for them (I was a tom boy and would have hated it). And a "boy version" would have been just as irritating to my son, who hates sports. But I wish someone would write a "human being" version of this book. Marketers would hate, I guess.

  • Charles Elliott
    2019-01-02 18:34

    I read this book to get some tips on helping my middle school daughter in math. It has some really good tricks for helping remember some basic math concepts. In addition, I like the way the word problems are structured for capturing a girl's attention as so many word problems in other math books seemed geared towards male interests. The only negative I would identify for this book is the introduction might not be enough to capture my daughter's attention and get her to read it. Anyone have any good ideas on how to force a 12 year old girl to read a math book?

  • Babysbreath09
    2018-12-24 20:27

    I read this book and did the problem sets and I found it extremely helpful even if you are not in middle school. It is definately a book for girls of all ages. If you are in middle school, so much the better, it makes math more sociable and more warm and inviting. Whether you are just being introduced to math material or just trying to brush up on fractions, decimals and understanding how to convert integers. Give this book a try. It makes math feel more like learning another language rather than a task to be completed.

  • Cheryl
    2019-01-22 20:36

    So I am going through all the math I skipped YEARS ago to get my AA, and this seemed pretty neat. I have to say, I love that she talked about shopping and lipsticks and cute foreign exchange students, she did a great job making things relevant for teens. I would definitely recommend this to anyone struggling with math. I worked through all the problems too, and though I have tutored several people in math, I learned cute shortcuts that I never knew! LOVE that. Some may say that she caters too much and that makes the book vapid, but I did not think so.

  • Jacqueline
    2018-12-27 19:28

    Excellent explanation of middle school math concepts, in which the author encourages and inspires as well as explains. The author, Danica McKellar majored in math at UCLA, but is better known as the actor who played Winnie on The Wonder Years. She explains math concepts like factors and fractions in ways that make sense in everyday English, and sprinkles encouragement to girls to use their brains throughout the book. Also includes spotlights of beautiful successful women who have fulfilling math-related careers.

  • Sarah
    2018-12-28 18:32

    I read this book looking for techniques to help me tutor middle and high school kids in math and it was chock full of great tricks! Her tone is a good mix of fun and youthful without sounding condescending or overly juvenile. The length of the book is good for kids, too. It covers a good amount of material without being too long. I am a really big fan of what Danica is doing with these books and I hope to read the rest of them.

  • Purposely Vague
    2019-01-22 17:13

    I didn't finish this one, I stopped midway. I was trying to determine if this was worth buying for my stepdaughters. I think Danica does a great job taking a subject that is not normally very interesting for girls and explains it in a way that is almost fun. Some of the lines can be a little cheesy, but she provides great step-by-step instructions and mnemonic devices. I think this would be a valuable aid for the student who would use it.

  • Marissa Hancock
    2019-01-18 20:29

    I do not necessarily want to be a middle school math teacher, but I read this book and loved it so much! I love how she includes life situations with what middle-schoolers would actually be going through! She also gives all kinds of short cuts to things that middle school math classes are learning. I think all middle school teachers should have this book in their classrooms and reference back to it while learning certain things in that book!

  • Augie Murphy
    2019-01-13 14:23

    I loved this book because it provided a thorough review of math to help me prepare for 7th grade advanced math. I suggest it to anyone struggling with math as well as to anyone who loves math and would like to look at it from a new perspective.This book is a guide to math. It provides fun, easy ways to remember complex math. You will learn about integers and mint-egers. It is also full of stories about real accountants and Danica's stories about math and that are also just fun to read.