One anecdote from these two projects: when I showed my in-house editor (that is, my daughter – who was around 20 at the time) a draft for Sweet Aswang – which has two adolescents, a boy and a girl - the subsequent exchange went something like this:
Me: “So, what did you think?”
My daughter: “Not bad. But geez, dad, stick with boys. You couldn’t write from a girl’s point of view if your life depended on it.”
She is an honest reviewer; I can say that with certainty.