This series features books "designed for inquisitive teens digging for answers," but this title seems more appropriate for adults who work with teens, affording them some insight into young adult lives. The book's aim is to help teens "figure out who you are." Chapters cover such broad topics as "Who You Hang Out With," "Your Body," "The Things You Do," and "The Influences Around You." The authors do not talk down to teens, but they lay out facts plainly and fairly. A section about alcohol explains why some people drink (cultural traditions) and what some of the detrimental affects of drinking are ("people who drink don't just do stupid things, sometimes they do dangerous things"). The authors also try to show a teen's viewpoint, such as pointing out positive peer pressure ("you probably already knew your friends can be good for you"). This book's shiny cover, black-and-white photos, and chapter-ending questions make it appear more a textbook for health class than a self-help book for teens. This series claims to have up-to-date information, but here, in claiming that the number of televisions shows featuring teens and teen issues has gone up recently, the authors name several, including Dawson's Creek and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, that are no longer on the air. There might indeed be youth out there who will read this book, but without pushing, it is unlikely that the young adults in your library will grab it. (It Happened to Me). VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P J S (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Scarecrow Press, 264p.; Index. Illus. Photos. Source Notes. FurtherReading., PLB $42.. Ages 12 to 18.
Gr 7 Up-In this scattershot installment in the series, the authors cast a wide net, trying to cover too many issues instead of simply focusing in on a few key areas. Chapter titles include: "Who Are You?" "Your Body," "Who You Hang Out With," "The Things You Do," "What You Believe," "The Influences around You," and "How You See Yourself." Many topics are not sufficiently explored, and much of the book's useful information is lost in the dry text. Black-and-white photos and text boxes do little to create an appealing design. Maurene J. Hinds's Focus on Body Image: How You Feel about How You Look (Enslow, 2002) and Kimberly Kirberger's No Body's Perfect: Stories by Teens about Body Image, Self-Acceptance, and the Search for Identity (Scholastic, 2003) are superior treatments.-Michelle Roberts, Nassau County Library System, Merrick, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.