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Build Presents Mayim Bialik Discussing Her New Book "Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular"
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Whether you grew up with her (and loved her!) as the titular character on the hit ’90s show Blossom, or look up to her now as late-blooming genius Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory, Mayim Bialik has probably influenced your life. Now, Bialik has released a new book for girls, titled Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart, and Spectacular — out today — that tackles everything from puberty, to sex, to life after high school in a straightforward, comprehensive, and age-appropriate way. And honestly? It’s the book we wish we’d had on our bedside tables growing up.

Written in what Bialik — who is a neuroscientist, in addition to being an accomplished actress and founder of GrokNation.com, NBD — describes as an “academic” style, the book speaks to girls where they are: confronting major changes, and possibly feeling a little (or a lot) overwhelmed. We were lucky enough to chat with the PhD and mom of two boys about why she wrote this book, her own experience as a late bloomer, and her biggest crush on the set of Blossom.

HelloGiggles: Why was it important for you to write this book?

Mayim Bialik: There are a lot of reasons: I was approached to write this book by an editor at Penguin because she read an article that I wrote about modesty, and being a late bloomer and playing one on TV. But ultimately I wrote it because I think there’s information in it that was missing when I was a kid and that girls deserve to have, especially in the 21st century when things are very different than they were when I was growing up.