This book was fine, though it really caterers to the white middle to upper class mothers who want a part on the back more than advise. The research data in it was interesting. I enjoyed the chatty writing style. While there were sections of this book I could really get on board with there were other sections (the pop stars section) that felt a bit like slut shaming something she claims to be against. Another issue with this book is that it glosses over issues of race and class. My lack of an American Girl Doll had everything to do with money not with what they stood for. And her one paragraph about Tiana's importations in the Disney line up just didn't cut it. Again the book was fine but not without flaws.