Friends Forever?: Why Your Friendships Are So Important

Friends Forever?: Why Your Friendships Are So Important

by Odile Amblard, Andree Pigent, Andrea Bussell
     
 

Everybody needs friends!

This book helps readers define all sorts of friendships and offers tips for getting and keeping pals. Some of the most important relationships in our lives are with our friends . . . so why does friendship have to be so difficult sometimes? Is it better to have one best friend, or is there safety in numbers? What do you do if your friend

Overview

Everybody needs friends!

This book helps readers define all sorts of friendships and offers tips for getting and keeping pals. Some of the most important relationships in our lives are with our friends . . . so why does friendship have to be so difficult sometimes? Is it better to have one best friend, or is there safety in numbers? What do you do if your friend turns his or her back on you? And can boys and girls really be “just friends”? Friends Forever? helps teens get to the bottom of these questions and more while helping them understand another key friendship: the one they are trying to have with themselves.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Debbie Clifford
This series offers itself as the place to which teens can turn when they have questions they cannot ask anyone else. The importance of friendship is stressed in the opening of Friends Forever?, followed by brief discussions on the types of friendships and how they are formed and maintained. Section two details the relationship between best friends-how two friends might be similar or different, their loyalty and tolerance for each other-and the many ways the closest of friends communicate. Other kinds of friends are covered in section three, including cliques, guy friends, the effect of a boyfriend on the relationship between best friends, and the question of where parents fall in the friendship picture. Section four covers further types of friendships-siblings, pets, mentors, parents (again)-and goes on to discuss how things like betrayal, arguments, and separation impact friendships. Walking Tall addresses issues of self-confidence and section one deals with feelings of high and low self-esteem, acceptance of oneself, and body image issues. It includes an exercise to help the reader realize her strengths and use that realization to build self-confidence. Tips to help maintain one's self-assurance within the family and other relationships-whether friends or classmates-are offered in the remaining chapters. The diverse topics covered in the series include shyness, negative moods, relationship with parents, body image, adoption, sex, and divorce. The tone of the books is breezy and light without being flippant. The authors never talk down to the teen reader and successfully make their points without the annoying use of teen slang. Some of the advice seems obvious, and a fewtopics might need to be covered in more depth, but the relatively short books come across as sincere attempts to help teens deal with tough issues and offer suggestions for further reading. Reviewer: Debbie Clifford

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810994805
Publisher:
Amulet Books
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Series:
Sunscreen Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
12 - 16 Years

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Meet the Author

Since 1997, Odile Amblard has been the deputy editor in chief of Okapi magazine. Specializing in education, youth, and adolescence, she is the author of numerous books.

Educated at the École Régionale des Beaux-Arts in Rennes, Andrée Prigent is a commercial and editorial illustrator.

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