The Teenage Guy's Survival Guide: The Real Deal on Girls, Growing Up and Other Guy Stuff


This American version of the 1997 British book "Boys Behaving Badly" tackles issue that adolescent boys face each day—from asking a girl out on a date to truths and myths about boys' "rites of passage."

A humorous guide for boys ages ten to fourteen, offering advice on dating, sex, body changes, and social life.

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This American version of the 1997 British book "Boys Behaving Badly" tackles issue that adolescent boys face each day—from asking a girl out on a date to truths and myths about boys' "rites of passage."

A humorous guide for boys ages ten to fourteen, offering advice on dating, sex, body changes, and social life.

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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!

—David Brenner

Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Daldry sheds light on relationships in The Teenage Guy's Survival Guide. You know the title means business when you read the table of contents. No subject is too small, or too scary for the author. He offers information about dates, kissing, conquests, dumping, being dumped, shaving, being stinky, wet dreams, failure, depression...and more. The book delivers on the promise with a style that's conversational, informational, graphically playful, honest, humorous and practical.
Children's Literature - Ellen R. Braaf
This self-proclaimed "real deal on girls, growing up, and other guy stuff" is a concise, practical guide to love, sex, puberty, and the teenage social scene. It answers the questions--How do you ask out a girl? What do you do if she says no? How do you make a relationship work? And, what do you do when it ends? Daldry talks his readers through a good night kiss and their first shave. He reminds boys that during puberty their hormones are "on full party mode," and he explores the impact of this "hormone riot" on their developing bodies. He talks about "being stinky" ("Aftershave is not a substitute for washing."), getting pimples, and the appearance of body hair (you won't become "...a walking carpet in a matter of days."). Broad in scope, this guide also addresses tough issues--drugs, homosexuality, STDs, and contraception with intelligence and empathy. Daldry's irreverence, sarcasm, and humor will appeal to teenage readers. The use of cartoons, ballooned quips, and a variety of informal typefaces yields the printed equivalent of a brotherly chat.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-This is a book that makes every attempt to be young, hip, and of-the-moment, and largely succeeds. A cartoon character that provides a running, sardonic commentary on the text and intentionally lame humor both contribute to a playful tone likely to appeal to the intended audience. The information provided, on the other hand, is, for the most part, sound and clearly presented. There are discussions of such topics as building relationships, dealing with peer pressure, the effects of alcohol and other drugs, bullying, and, of course, sex. A list of slang terms for masturbation, brief instructions on how to masturbate, and the opinion that "Looking at the occasional porn magazine is natural and fine" are likely to prove unsettling in some quarters. Libraries that acquire this title should be prepared to deal with potential objections.-Richard Luzer, Fair Haven Union High School, VT Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This assemblage of glib advice and conventional wisdom tries too hard to be cool as it fills a few potholes on the adolescence autobahn. The first half covers dating, from first words to breaking up; the second, a sheaf of topics including body changes, emotional ups and downs, masturbation, fighting ("Simply walk away"), and the dangers of using (legal and illegal) drugs. The text is strewn with side comments in balloons, wisecracking cartoon heads, and random—exhausting—changes of typeface. The book concludes with a digestible set of phone numbers and URLs. Daldry provides more reassurance than information, which may be just the ticket for readers with short attention spans but makes this no alternative to Karen Gravelle's What's Going On Down There? (1998) and like Baedekers. (Nonfiction. 12-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316178242
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 230,816
  • Age range: 12 - 16 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeremy Daldry is a published author of young adult books. Published credits of Jeremy Daldry include The Teenage Guy's Survival Guide: The Real Deal on Girls, Growing Up, and Other Guy Stuff and Boys Behaving Badly. He lives in London, England.

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  • Posted March 1, 2010

    *Another* girl's point of view

    One morning, my friends and I were looking through the books at our school library... and we happened upon this book.

    I disagree with every single thing it says about girls.
    Every. Single. Thing.

    No, it's not unreasonable for a girl to expect you to pay for the whole date. If it was YOU who asked her out, then don't be cheap. Maybe if she was the one to make plans, it'd be a good idea to go dutch. But otherwise... no. Just no.

    And I'm pretty sure that when he said, one in five girls have engaged in Lesbian activities, he was making it up. Where are his sources? If that were true, my English class would be full of Lesbians (you should see them when a guy walks in).

    NO, it's not normal to look at porn. It objectifies women, and, though the author lightly touched upon the subject of the fact that girls in porn aren't like girls in real life, I think they seriously undermined the severity of pornography. It's disgusting.

    And then there's the masturbation section.
    Dear god.
    Does a guy really have to read a *book* to learn how to touch himself?
    Just saying.

    Really, if you want to buy your son a decent coming-of-age book, I wouldn't recommend this one in the slightest. Unless you want to raise a degenerate sexist porn addict.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2007

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    This book taught me alot and definitley helped me with girls!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2007

    a reviewer

    Jeremy Daldrey is da master! He tells u stuff about growing up, and acts reel cool about it. Not like your parents!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2002

    The Girls Point Of Veiw

    My cousin got this book and i borrowed it and read it to see if it was accurate.. Im 14 and he's 13 and it is soo great it has really good advice for guys and girls I reccommend it to all teens. They should make a girl survival guide.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2000

    Takes the guilt out of nature

    After reading this book, I was pleased to finally find that an author has explained that it is only natural for a boy to read pornography and masturbate. To attach these things to guilt is to attach humility to nature. Any concerned and caring parent would not want their teenage son to feel guilty and humiliated by the changes in their body, and certainly shouldn't make them feel guilty for responding to natural urges in their personal lives. In doing this, a parent will only prove to raise a physcologically imbalanced and insecure adult.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 1999

    Destruction Guide for Teenage Guys

    I was distraught with the entire concept of this book. With a desire to be 'hip' and 'cool' the author has convinced teens that that there are no real absolutes. In this day of age, our children need to know that there are absolutes and doing whatever feels good to them has serious consequences. Disturbingly, the author promotes masturbation (there is even a detailed description of how to do this), fantasizing, pornography (to name a few), and assures the young reader over and over again not to feel guilty because everyone does these things. As if the fact that everyone is doing them makes it right. The lowest level of morality doesn't exist in this book anywhere. For example, the author encourages boys to look at pornographic magazines in order to masturbate (and once again assures them that there is nothing wrong with porn because millions of people buy it - this is a non-intelligent argument to begin with) and assures the boy that if his mother finds this magazine she may be upset, but that's normal because she's a women and may have different feelings about this. What about Fathers? The assumption is that all men think this is fine. There is no mention that if your parents don't want you to have this material, to obey's back to the 'do whatever feels good to you' and 'don't feel guilty' about comments. The teenage years consist of more than surviving - they are a rich time in our lives, an age of opportunity if you will. I'm deeply grieved if this is the best this world can offer our kids. There is a higher pathway, there really is. And you'll do more than survive, you'll soar.

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