Jessica Speer’s middle-grade book, BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends)? A Girls Guide to Happy Friendships grew out of her friendship program that strengthens social awareness and helps kids learn to navigate common struggles. She has a master’s degree in social sciences and explores social-emotional topics in ways that connect with pre-teens and teens.


BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends)? A Girls Guide to Happy Friendships

Book Cover of "BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends)? A Girls Guide to Happy Friendships"
Book Cover: BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends)? A Girl’s Guide to Happy Friendships, written by Jessica Speer and illustrated by Elowyn Dickerson

Book Summary: Let’s face it, friendships can be challenging. BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends)? A Girls Guide to Happy Friendships tackles friendship struggles head-on, leaving readers (ages 8-12) informed and empowered as they navigate the tricky world of friendship.

Through fun activities, quizzes, and real stories, BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends) helps girls decipher healthy vs. unhealthy relationship skills and how to navigate struggles. But more importantly, this book gives girls a new perspective on friendship and the role they play in creating positive change.

BFF or NRF Book Reviews-

“This book offers an interactive way for girls to understand the confusing world of friendship. Real-life scenarios make the content relatable, and activities encourage self-reflection. Readers gain self and social awareness as well as skills that will help them build healthy relationships.”

Ann-Marie Champion, M.Ed, and Sara Lewis, M.Ed, School Counselors

“BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends) touches on all aspects and themes of positive friendships. I recommend this book for all girls.”

Aurora Sidell, Elementary School Teacher

“I loved this book! The real-life scenarios really helped. I feel more experienced in friendships after reading this book. Thank you!”

Lyla (Age 11)

Releasing 2022!

Dissecting Middle School

Book cover for Dissecting Middle School
Final Book Cover to be Revealed in 2021

Book Summary: Middle school triggers feelings of comfort and joy, right?  Um, not really. Middle school is a repository of awkward moments and weird behaviors. Have you ever wondered why are so many kids trying to be cool and chasing popularity? Why there so much judgment about what people do, say and wear? And what’s up with all the drama, cliques and crushes?

Dissecting Middle School – A Look into the Weird Stuff that Happens and Why tackles baffling behaviors head-on, leaving readers informed and empowered as they navigate the halls of middle school. Through the voices and wisdom of students and a dash of science, this book explores how to deal and stay true to yourself despite it all.

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