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Girls just have too many advantages. Have you seen the covers of Seventeen Magazine or YM lately? "Does He Like You? 10 Ways to Know" or "What Is He Really Thinking On Your First Date" or "When to Kiss and Tell." It's enough to leave a guy feeling pretty outgunned! But cheer up, fellas. The new book The Teenage Guy's Survival Guide has just leveled the battlefield! Full of advice on everything from asking a girl out to picking clothes, managing all the changes in your body to the rigors of the social scene, The Teenage Guy's Survival Guide is packed not just with information, but with guidance.
Chapter 1 takes on the most perplexing and important area, "Surviving Love and Sex," and begins where we all begin: How can you tell if she likes you? There are little signs, and Daldry outlines them for us: She blushes, or starts to play with her hair; she smiles when she sees you coming and "accidentally" touches you on the hand or leg when you leave; she laughs at your lame jokes, asks tons of questions about you, and then listens really closely to whatever you've got to say. But figuring out whether or not she likes you isn't the biggest hurdle: there's The Date. Daldry offers "some basic asking-out rules" followed by guidelines for the big day or night (have an idea of where to go, think about the money issue beforehand, and talk). And this book doesn't gloss over major points like how to know when, where, and if the kiss should happen!
As if tackling the external challenges weren't enough, there are all sorts of things happening inside your body, and TheTeenage Guy's Survival Guide confronts these as well. Daldry walks you through your first shave, complexion woes, body odor issues, changing voices, and...more private areas, if you get my drift. And just as important as all the physical stuff are the mental ups and downs that are part of being a teenager. This book examines ways to deal with depression, loneliness, and general mood swings, and stresses the importance of maintaining a sense of humor. Daldry acknowledges that there are times when you may feel bad, but shows you constuctive ways to deal with those feelings.
The Teenage Guy's Survival Guide is a fun read and a great way to worry less and begin enjoying yourself more. So girls — look out!