Revised and Updated Edition of My Feet Aren’t Ugly, Award-Winning Girl's Self-Esteem Guide

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Teen self-esteem expert Debra Beck offers guidance on tough teen issues, from bullying and peer pressure to learning how to make healthy decisions.

The teenage years are anything but pleasant for most girls, and today’s world continues to make them harder. In addition to anxiety about school, friends, and fitting in, teens now face pressure from the media, the new virtual world, and the growing presence of drugs and alcohol. And this is all while dealing with the most basic challenge: trying to establish a sense of self.

My Feet Aren’t Ugly (ISBN: 978-0-8253-0602-0), the award-winning comprehensive guide to navigating the rough terrain of the teen years, is now revised and updated with over 60 additional pages. Teens can find advice about current tough topics such as bullying, drug abuse, and internet safety in addition to the myriad topics originally addressed.

Teen and parenting mentor Debra Beck, who has spent over 20 years working with teens and parents, believes that teen girls’ struggles often stem from not loving themselves. Building on this idea, My Feet Aren’t Ugly guides teen girls to treat themselves well by teaching them how to make wise and healthy decisions. Cleverly illustrated and peppered with personal anecdotes and true stories from other teens, My Feet Aren’t Ugly is an interactive guide filled with quizzes, tips, and journaling prompts. My Feet Aren’t Ugly addresses relevant issues such as not succumbing to peer pressure, finding friends who treat you well, being kind to your body, developing healthy habits, personal responsibility, and confidence. My Feet Aren’t Ugly also tackles tough issues such as eating disorders, suicide, and physical intimacy.

“My Feet Aren’t Ugly is both funny and deep, and reveals the challenges teen girls face today. Debra reaches out to teens in their own language, and offers solutions to difficult problems. Every teen girl should read this book!”—Vanessa Van Petten, author of Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I'm Grounded? and founder of

The book’s catchy title, My Feet Aren’t Ugly, was born of an incident from Beck’s youth: “When I was fifteen years old, I was standing out in front of my house talking to a guy I was crazy about. It was a hot summer day and I was in shorts and bare feet. All of a sudden I noticed he was staring at my feet. He said, ‘You have the ugliest feet I have ever seen! You should never go barefoot.’ I didn’t go barefoot for a long time. I knew that my feet maybe were a little wide but they didn’t seem ugly to me until then. From then on, I was self-conscious about my ugly feet. When my girlfriends were buying cute, strappy sandals, I was buying sneakers. It took years for me to realize that my feet really aren’t ugly. To me, this is a fitting example of what it is like to be a teen girl.”

Part road map, part mentor-in-a-book, My Feet Aren’t Ugly may be the best friend a teen girl ever had. With expert guide Debra Beck leading the way, teen girls everywhere will learn how to turn those formative years into transformative years.

Debra Beck, the founder of Empowered Teens & Parents, an organization that provides help, support, and encouragement for teen girls and parents, is a devoted mentor, sought-after presenter, and leading expert on the issues facing teen girls and parenting. She lives in Sedona, Arizona. Debra is available for interviews upon request, as well as speaking engagements.

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