Review: True Face by Siobhan Curham


We are living in the age of the image – the perfect image. From the constant bombardment of air-brushed photos, to the dubious lifestyle choices promoted by celebrities and the obsession with social media, young women are under pressure as never before to project a persona of perfection. And this is having a catastrophic effect, with girls as young as seven developing eating disorders and female self-loathing reaching epidemic proportions.

True Face shows you how to resist the pressure from the ‘perfection police’ and take off the masks you wear to proudly reveal your true self to the world. In chapters dealing with body image, bullying, social media, love, sex and more, Siobhan Curham encourages young women and girls to be honest, dream big, and create lives that are happy and fulfilling. Keep Calm and Carry On is replaced by a new mantra: Forget the Fake and Keep it Real. This book is a breath of fresh air. Perfect for ages 13+ – and for the Girls fan in her 20s/30s too!


I was a very happy bunny when this book dropped into my post box.  Siobhan Curham is a wonderful spokesperson for this great cause: getting young people to Be Real.  In a world of fake words, fame and landscapes, it’s hard not to get caught up with it all and allow yourself to become corrupted by it.  It’s not surprising but it’s not something to be overlooked either.  We need to give teens the tools to brave and defend themselves against all that the world throws at them.

True Face is a self-help guide book, of sorts, that is aimed at young girls but I have no doubt that the ideas it discusses can apply to boys as well.  Covering a wide range of issues from body image to social media, True Face hopes to tell teens that they can exist in the 21st century without having to settle for a lesser version of themselves.  They can do better by simply being honest and to question the world around them.

Divided into bite-sized chunks, the book is an easy read that lets the reader dip in and out of the discussions as and when they need to.  It doesn’t come across and “preachy” or mystical in it’s approach; it’s simple, plain talking.  It might seem hard to do some of the challenges but they are all there for a good reason; to test yourself.

Siobhan has produced a book that could do some amazing things for young people and tied into the book’s release is the True Face website: which is regularly updated with posts and new ideas that people can get involved with.

A great piece of literary inspiration in a world that is often filled with fake voices that can cloud your judgement. 

Published by Faber Children’s Books and is available online and in bookshops now

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