The Secret Lives of Boys: Inside the Raw Emotional World of Male Teens [NOOK Book]

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Teenage boys have come a long way since the staid 1980s when they were all lumped into the Breakfast Club categories of Brains, Druggies, and Jocks. Crisscrossing the country?meeting with boys from different cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds?journalist Malina Saval introduces readers to the next generation of male teens by creating new archetypes and redrawing the ever-expanding social map. The Secret Lives of Boys offers an uncensored look into boyhood that reveals the spine-tingling confessions, ...
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The Secret Lives of Boys: Inside the Raw Emotional World of Male Teens

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Overview


Teenage boys have come a long way since the staid 1980s when they were all lumped into the Breakfast Club categories of Brains, Druggies, and Jocks. Crisscrossing the country—meeting with boys from different cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds—journalist Malina Saval introduces readers to the next generation of male teens by creating new archetypes and redrawing the ever-expanding social map. The Secret Lives of Boys offers an uncensored look into boyhood that reveals the spine-tingling confessions, heartrending sadness and isolation, unbridled optimism, and seemingly boundless resilience of male teens today. Saval asks the pertinent questions: Who are these boys? What do they think of themselves? A compelling and candid look at male adolescence in the twenty-first century, The Secret Lives of Boys uncovers what our young people want you to know.
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Editorial Reviews

Lori Gottlieb
…raw and emotional. It's also real, funny and astute…in a voyeuristic way, parents, teachers and especially teenage girls will be fascinated to know that boys care about fashion, cry about girlfriends and have deep feelings. More important, they might see aspects of themselves reflected in these stories and realize, as I did, that boys aren't so mystifying after all.
—The New York Times
School Library Journal
Saval notes that the conventional wisdom about American boys is, to put it mildly, that they are in trouble: emotionally, academically, spiritually, and socially. She notes William S. Pollack's Real Boys (Random, 2000) and Daniel J. Kindlon and Michael Thompson's Raising Cain (Ballantine, 1999) as examples of how the media sees boys in the U.S. On the other hand, she cites Mary Pipher's Reviving Ophelia (Putnam, 1994) and Rosalind Wiseman's Queen Bees and Wannabes (Crown, 2002) as being more balanced views of adolescent girls. For her own book, she sought to find out if teen boys really were seriously at risk, and to offer, if possible, a more nuanced portrayal of young males. On both counts, she has succeeded. Through in-depth interviews and research, she portrays the lives of 10 young males. She asked each one to name his chapter, and the titles range from "The Mini-Adult" to "The Troublemaker," from "The Sheltered One" to "The Gay, Vegan, Hearing-Impaired Republican." As comprehensive as she tries to be, she is also clear-eyed and acknowledges that "Ultimately, this book can only be one version of the truth about boys today in America." Still, it is a fascinating take on the subject, written in a clear and lively style with a useful index and interesting endnotes that can lead to further exploration.—Geri Diorio, The Ridgefield Library, CT
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Allison Burnett, author of Undiscovered Gyrl
“With the objectivity of a sociologist and the compassion of a saint, Malina Saval takes us on a journey into the hearts and minds of teenaged boys, letting them do what our society rarely does: speak for themselves. The trip is painful, funny, frightening, hopeful, and, ultimately, unforgettable.”

Andy Behrman, author of Electroboy
“Malina Saval’s vibrant writing style and fascinating journeys into the lives of ten young boys provides parents with extremely useful information about how to help shepherd kids through adolescence in the 21st century...The Secret Lives of Boys is a must-read for people looking to understand the ‘mainspring’ of this demographic which we’ve been so quick to write off.”

Blake Nelson, author of Paranoid Park
“A fascinating and up-to-the-second survey of that most mysterious segment of our population: teenaged boys.”

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
“Through Saval’s keen observations, we’re allowed to meet 10 teenage boys who are complex, insightful, thoughtful, optimistic and resilient. You can’t learn that from test scores.”

Booklist
“…Saval’s well-edited portraits reflect real-life’s nuances and messy contradictions and offer a refreshing, often-optimistic sense of male teens’ strength and resilience.”

Boston Globe
“Malina Saval has been called ‘The Boy Whisperer’ for her skill at getting teenage boys to open up (we need her at our house).”

Library Journal Xpress Review (online)
“Saval introduces us to ten very different teenage boys and makes a compelling case for the so-called problem with adolescent males being not the boys, but an overreliance on statistics and norms to tell their stories.”

New York Times Book Review
“[R]eal, funny and astute.…Parents, teachers and especially teenage girls will be fascinated to know that boys care about fashion, cry about girlfriends and have deep feelings. More important, they might see aspects of themselves reflected in these stories and realize, as I did, that boys aren’t so mystifying ­after all.”

Bookworm Sez
The Secret Lives of Boys is one of those books that every adult should read, whether they have a teenage boy or not, because it busts the myths we tend to form after reading the news or hearing the latest teen-gone-bad story. For parents, Saval offers hard data that they can cling to, advice and a mega-dose of hope… If you’re the parent of a male teen or a teen-to-be (or if you want to know more about the guy your daughter is dating), oh, boy, this is a good book to have.”

Feminist Review
“I hope that everyone with a teenage boy in his or her life (or a boy about to be a teenager, or a young man who’s just finished his teen years)—or who is a teen boy, for that matter—will read this book and see that boys are just as human as the rest of us.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786744602
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 4/14/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 571,503
  • File size: 280 KB

Meet the Author


Malina Saval’s writing has appeared in Glamour, the Jerusalem Post, the Los Angeles Times, Heeb, Variety, Forward, RES, Moment, Unleashed, and LA Weekly, where The Secret Lives of Boys appeared first as a cover story. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

malinasaval.com

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    Provides helpful insights and a broader view !

    Exposes you to a broad cross-section of teen-age boys and provides helpful insights you can keep in the back of your mind when communicating with your own teen-age sons. I think this book can help parents be more understanding and supportive in the right kind of way. Some of the boys interviewed verbalized very well why they would or would not do some of those things that give us cause for concern. I think this was a very worthwhile bit of research that this author undertook and was able to share with all of us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

     The worst piece of trash I have ever gazed upon is the book The

     The worst piece of trash I have ever gazed upon is the book The Secret Lives of Boys by Malina Saval. The literal garbage was focused on telling the stories of the most pathetic and self centered men I have ever come to read about. The first person to share his story made me want to literally vomit over his yamika, not only was he self centered, egotistical, misogynist, and annoying he also felt no remorse in his drug use tearing apart his family. The kid is literally a piece of trash. I love to read, don’t get me wrong, but non- fiction is just not something at all desirable. I find humans annoying and pathetic like they are. Over all I was just really angry while reading the entire book. I remember complaining as I read because I couldn’t be the one person who didn’t read their book. Though I must say that several times I contemplated jumping out a second story window rather than read the rest of this horrible book. Don’t believe me? Fine go read it for yourself but I warn you unless you like people complaining about there lives for no real reason or the complete dryness of non- fiction you’ll love it. 

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    Posted November 15, 2010

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