For Teens Only: Quotes, Notes, & Advice You Can Use


"The time is always right to do what is right."
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

"You have to accept who you are — and that is beautiful."
— Alicia Keys

"English? Who needs that? I'm never going to England."
— Homer J. Simpson

Making friends, finding true love, enduring rough days at school, or just being yourself — we all meet new (and old!) challenges every day. Carol Weston, teen advice columnist, has good advice for whatever you're facing.

In For Teens Only, Carol collects the ...

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"The time is always right to do what is right."
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

"You have to accept who you are — and that is beautiful."
— Alicia Keys

"English? Who needs that? I'm never going to England."
— Homer J. Simpson

Making friends, finding true love, enduring rough days at school, or just being yourself — we all meet new (and old!) challenges every day. Carol Weston, teen advice columnist, has good advice for whatever you're facing.

In For Teens Only, Carol collects the words and thoughts of the wisest and wittiest thinkers of all time from every corner of the globe, from Pablo Picasso to Jennifer Lopez; from Mark Twain to Indira Gandhi and Halle Berry. Then she adds her own insights, collected over the years from her conversations and correspondence with thousands of real teens.

About the Author

Although Carol Weston was born in the last century, she isn't that old. Carol is the advice columnist for Girls' Life Magazine and the author of Girltalk: All the Stuff Your Sister Never Told You and For Girls Only: Wise Words, Good Advice. Both books are out in Chinese. Carol does not speak Chinese but she does speak French and Spanish, and graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a degree in French and Spanish literature. She also has an M.A. from Middlebury College.

Carol has appeared on The View and has been a guest of Oprah, Montel, Ricki, Geraldo, and Sally. She's written for Seventeen, Teen, YM, Parents, Redbook, Family Circle, and Glamour, and has done author chats on Yahoo and ivillage. Her first novel is TheDiary of Melanie Martin. Carol lives in Manhattan with her husband and two daughters and their rabbit, Honey Bunny. Carol enjoys being a girl even though she's a grown-up.

Contains quotations and advice that are relevant to girls, from a wide variety of sources on topics such as friendship, love, and self-esteem.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Author of Private and Personal: Questions and Answers for Girls Only, advice columnist Carol Weston offers more words to the wise in For Teens Only: Quotes, Notes & Advice You Can Use. Friends, school and family are among the topics covered. Quotes-ranging from Eleanor Roosevelt to Helen Gurley Brown-precede each of Weston's entries.
Author of Private and Personal (HarperTrophy, 2000), Girltalk (HarperPerennial, 1997), and For Girls Only (Camelot, 1998), Weston now offers counsel for both boys and girls. Quick, one-page bits on various topics are contained in seven chapters, "Mind," "Body," "Friends," "Relationships," "School," "Family," and "Work." The guidance can be amusing, thought provoking, familiar, and conversational. Quotes and proverbs from around the world begin each page, and a phrase to motivate and encourage teens ends the advice. Some quotes stand alone and are printed without the extra thoughts from Weston. The information is sound, catchy, and fun to read, but the quotes are the true attention-getters. They are from famous people, dead and living, from Shakespeare to Chris Rock. Even television show and cartoon characters have their say here. Principal Snyder in Buffy the Vampire Slayer is quoted saying, "There are things I will not tolerate on campus after school, horrible murders with hearts being removed. And also smoking." Linus from the "Peanuts" cartoons also appears to say, "There are three things I've learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin." There is something for every teen to learn, and the book is a joy to read, while at the same time offering assistance in growing and developing. Index. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, HarperCollins, 224p,
— Faye Powell
Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati
The author has compiled over 400 quotes and proverbs from an impressive array of sources to help guide and inspire girls. Weston interprets each quote and dispenses advice based on it for a variety of subjects. The quotes are grouped according to topics, which include You, Friendship, Love, Family, School and Work. She uses age appropriate language and examples to illustrate certain points. This paperback book is a great gift for junior high and high school age girls, who are dealing with the issues addressed head on in the book. Girls can pick the book up over and over. It can be read one page at a sitting or one chapter, depending on the reader's interest at a particular time, and her attention span.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-Sage advice, complete with 573 relevant and inspiring quotes, is the main focus of this interesting and upbeat self-help book. Topics include mind, body, friends, relationships, school, family, and work, all presented in an understanding and straightforward manner. Teens seeking encouragement and a pathway to a happy and successful life will find much to consider. Quotes abound, and they always fit the subjects at hand and add important perspectives to the points being made. Carefully selected and integrated quotes come from men, women, and young people from all walks of life; from many times, places, and backgrounds; and of different ages, some famous and some unknown. They add balance to Weston's comments and information, conveying practical perspectives on caring for oneself, nurturing relationships, getting along with others, and making the best of circumstances. Weston is known for her previous outstanding self-help books, such as Girltalk: All the Stuff Your Sister Never Told You (HarperCollins, 1997). This book follows suit with a writing style to which teens-both boys and girls-can really relate, almost as if the author is in the room having a conversation with them. Other books use different approaches but have similar relevant content for teens, such as Annie Fox's Can You Relate? (Free Spirit, 1999) and Richard Carlson's Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens (Hyperion, 2000). However, none use the technique of maneuvering numerous quotes as effectively as Weston does in this title.-Diane P. Tuccillo, City of Mesa Library, AZ Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060002145
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/26/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST HARPER
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

First Lines 1
Mind 7
Body 31
Friends 63
Relationships 97
School 141
Family 175
Work 203
End Quotes 229
Index 237
Acknowledgments 247
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First Chapter


You are a marvel. You are unique.You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo,a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything.
-- Pablo Casals

In college I had a thing for guys with accents. Some of my friends melted over guys who were athletic or musical or funny. My weakness was men who could say my name in a way I'd never heard before.

I ended up marrying a wonderful guy from Columbus, Ohio, but on the way to the altar I spent several romantic years with Juan, a poet from Madrid. I loved it when he used the flattering phrase Eres una maravilla -- "You are a marvel." Juan said it a lot. Maybe cellist Pablo Casals did, too. Maybe many Spaniards do.

I'm starting this book by saying it to you: Eres una maravilla.

You are a marvel. You are amazing. You are unique. You are the only you in the whole wide world. You have the potential to do great things and to be happy -- whether or not you feel this way right now.

We all have moments of self-doubt (and reasons to doubt ourselves). But we also have reasons to celebrate ourselves. To feel proud. Powerful. Inspired.

Think about what you have going for you. Dare to take stock of your best qualities.

Pretty impressive, right?

You have what it takes.

To be-nobody-but-yourself in a world that is doing its best night and day to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle that any human beingcan fight, and never stop fighting.
-- e. e. Cummings

Seems like it would be easy to be true to yourself. You're you -- and that's that.

Well, it turns out it can be tricky tofigure out how to fit in without blurring in. How to be part of a group but still be your own person. How to feel accepted without having to downplay your differences or pretend to care about things you don't care about. How to say yes when you want to say yes, and no when you want to say no.

In some schools, everyone wears the same clothes, admires the same people, likes the same music, movies, and TV shows, and lusts after the same chosen few. Is your school like that?

It's comfortable to be one of the crowd. But it also feels good to be one of a kind.

"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are," wrote Joseph Campbell.

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second-rate version of somebody else," said Judy Garland, who played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

Stay aware of what is special about you. Keep track of the you that only you know.

Hear the crowd, but listen to yourself, because you just may want to blaze your own trail.

If you won't be you ... who will?

I think there's something idiotic about the self, that every day you have to get up and be the same person... It can be somewhat infuriating to wake up and find that one has the same characteristics that one had when one went to bed the night before.
—Wallace Shawn

Some people think we're evolving all the time. When Lewis Carroll's Caterpillar asks Alice in Wonderland, "Who are you?" she answers quite honestly: "I -- I hardly know, Sir, just at present -- at least, I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have changed several times since then."

Other people think it's impossible to change -- that the self is a given. "If God had wanted me otherwise, he would have created me otherwise," said German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Who are you and who are you becoming? To find out, notice which people you are drawn to. What subjects do you like best? What movies? What music? What books? What sports? Pay attention to what upsets you, what calms you, and what makes you laugh. Think about what you love to talk about with friends, and what they talk about with you. When you meet new people, what strikes them about you? What surprises them later, when they know you better? Are you easygoing? Conscientious? Are you a leader? A risk-taker?

"For years you've felt only half-done inside, cobbled together by paper clips, held intact by gum wads and school paste," wrote author Mary Karr. "But something solid is starting to assemble inside you. You say, I am my same self. That's not nothing, is it?"

What makes you you?

Being yourself gets easier and easier.

For Teens Only. Copyright © by Carol Weston. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2004


    Just say you're depressed. Or you don't feel like doing your homework. Or you're mad at your best friend. I swear, all you have to do is read a little of this book, and next thing, you're laughing and you're energized. It's amazing. And it's a book I keep rereading. It's also helpful when you need quotes for papers for school. In sum, I highly recommend this book. Even my brothers like it -- and they are tough critics!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2003

    No Surprise!

    I think this book was very helpful to everyday teen life, and has some really great advice! It is also very inspiring!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2002

    What a cool book!

    For Teens Only is really cool! I loved all the quotes from my favorite stars like Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze and Britney Spears ... and even Homer Simpson! And the advice was really helpful. You should check it out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2002

    Perfect gift for teens!

    Carol Weston has a solid track record as a readable writer for adolescents and pre-teens. They love her books! Because I know I can trust her common sense advice and inspiring writing style, I bought several copies of "For Teens Only" for the teens on my shopping list this year. Before I could get them wrapped, both my girls (ages 14 and 11) each picked up a copy and wouldn't put them down!!!! Even when I reminded them that these were GIFTS FOR OTHER PEOPLE, they just nodded and kept turning the pages - gingerly. And still wouldn't put them down!! Of course they have their own copies already wrapped and waiting under the tree. It's just the best book for every teen (boy or girl) to have at their fingertips. Right on target, as always.

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