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VOYAGordon has a national reputation as a speaker and author on sexuality, family, relationships, and suicide prevention. This work was first published in 1985 and is reprinted and revised in this third edition. Gordon's gentle and practical advice continues to have something to say. Aimed at youth, parents, counselors, and community leaders, major topics-friends in need, suicide prevention, sex and love, parents, God, the purpose of life-include short, pithy essays punctuated with advice and suggestions, making it easy for the reader to target a specific area of interest. For example, on the topic "Parent Concerns," the first essay is about getting along with parents. Gordon acknowledges that parents might not understand, that a teen might be more sensitive than his or her parents, and possibly that parents do not care or are abusive toward their teens. In most cases, he says, parents do love their children, but they might not know what is right for them or how to express it. He explores this topic in a down-to-earth manner offering help for coping. Although some of his advice sounds simplistic, the appeal of this book is its accessibility because of the non-accusatory style and compassion. The reader feels as if a caring counselor is talking with him or her, offering support. For youth and the adults who care about them, this book might provide comfort and common ground for talking about the problems and worries through which young people struggle. It is not a prescriptive book for handling serious, major problems, although it might help someone recognize the signals of real trouble brewing. A long list of Web sites of helping organizations is included. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S (Better thanmost, 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). 2004, URJ Press, 179p.; Further Reading. Appendix., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 18.