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'Survivor' star doesn't blaze any new trails in new book

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Date published: 2/16/2006

By JORDAN McDANIEL

YOUTH CORRESPONDENT

Many people know Amber Mariano as a major competitor in the hit reality-TV show "Survivor: The Australian Outback."

Mariano participated in this game only to fall short nine days before the final round. She continued with her dream by winning the new show "Survivor: All-Stars," collecting $1 million and meeting her husband, Rob Mariano.

Now, she has one more achievement to put under her belt: writing a short book about life for teenage girls.

Mariano wrote "Amber's Guide for Girls: Advice on Fame, Family, Fashion, and More!" to share her ideas with girls across the country on topics that all teenagers deal with.

Mariano is not a full-time writer, but she has her own advice about how to be the "real you" and how to reach your fullest potential.

Though this book has good ideas on how to reach your dreams because "nothing is impossible," she also covers petty topics such as music, fashion and being a kid.

Mariano has good ideas on everything, but she repeats herself throughout each section.

She tries to create a "reflection" area after each section in order for the reader to decide what was important and what she learned, but Mariano asks meager questions that add little to the book's content.

The different chapters are very short and have generalized information; there are inspirational words but nothing new. If you have ever read a book with advice on life, you have heard the information Mariano preaches. She doesn't add anything particularly special.

She tries to share how her life relates to all of these topics and add what she thinks is important: "I have a lot of things that I have yet to accomplish. My advice is to go after one goal at a time and have fun."

This is a good suggestion. But, honestly, how many times have you heard that one?

One section I did enjoy was the one dealing with fame. Not many people talk about how their lives change with stardom, or about how they try to deal with everyday happenings on top of newfound glory.

"When something causes your life to change, you just have to be positive and make the most of it," Mariano writes.

The presentation of the book is well thought-out. Mariano employs pictures and different fonts throughout, creating interest and adding art to the book. It appeals to the teenage girl's eye.

However, this book is not a standout; it is just the fluff that most teenagers have probably read the likes of before.

JORDAN McDANIEL is a sophomore at James Monroe High School.