My best friend has been talking about this book for some time now, and she let me borrow it several weeks ago. Dang. I wish I read it a long time ago.
Not only has it been helpful in understanding what my little girl has been going through hormonally and what to expect as she grows older (yeek!), but it’s helped me figure out what was behind all that drama I put myself through in my 20s (and maybe once a month…ahem).
As I read through it, I found myself saying, yeah, yeah!, that’s true, I guess I’m not so weird, and oh, thank God. It also made me feel proud and appreciative of my female brain. All my quirks that are innately female and seem (to me) to come across as weak and emotional were retranslated into characteristics that are crucial to the health and success of the human race (we are the mommies): empathy, peacekeeping, multitasking, intuition, et cetera. It also highlighted perceived weaknesses (on my part) and made me realize that these are basic needs of any human female psyche.
I can’t say enough about how important this book is. There are so many aspects and considerations that go into human interractions, and very often hormones and gender are not even on the list. As I read through it, I realized how invaluable this book is not only to understanding the biology of the female brain, but to understanding and writing believable female characters in fiction.
Now, I have been accused in the past of being a very “girly” writer. I wasn’t offended by the remark. I am, as a matter of fact, a girl. I feel comfortable writing female characters. But now that I’ve read this book, I’m looking forward to writing a female character with these things in consideration. Obviously, my personal experience is limited to my age, but I am encouraged to write a story with a menopausal female character. I think I could make her more believable now.
Anyway, this book just turned out to be a great writer’s resource. I recommend it to anyone who writes and has any female characters (read that to mean everyone). Louann Brizendine, M.D., also has another book out called, “The Male Brain,” that I’m looking forward to getting my paws on soon. Maybe after reading it, I will be able to write more believable male characters. Get out the grog and the remote control! I’m ready!