Are you a teen or preteen that has a math learning disability or simply a deep hatred of mathematics? You should take a look at this book from the author and actress (The Wonder Years, The West Wing), Danica McKellar.
Hot X: Algebra Exposed is the third title in the math series directed at teen (and preteen) girls. Like the first two books, Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail and Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who’s Boss, the author makes algebra both intriguing and fun. Each chapter tackles a different algebra “Hot Topic” with a step-by-step breakdown of how to solve the problem as well as “Takeaway tips” to help to reader remember what they have just learned. The book covers everything from rational expressions, absolute value, linear equations, functions, polynomials and square roots. The reader can either go directly to the chapter with the topic they want to study or read the whole book.
I loved the testimonials from successful women who describe in detail how math skills are essential to careers as varied as chef and TV advertising account executive. Preteen girls will love the entries from “Danica’s Diary” although they may not appeal to the non-preteen. What Danica McKellar accomplishes with this title is making Algebra accessible to the “I Hate Math” crowd. I would recommend any of these books to middle school or high school girls, especially those who need a self-esteem boost when it comes to their math skills.