Books by Susan Newman

Released: Jan. 1, 1992

Taking the view that teenage years are more complex and difficult these days, freelancer Newman uses individual cases to demonstrate problems with academic pressure, divorce, bulimia, pregnancy, and other issues. The format is easy to follow: a profile complemented by multicultural photos, followed by bulleted ``facts to focus on'' and ``moving in the right direction.'' The author's and adolescents' voices sound real: ``Dad is on your back...''; ``I considered killing myself. I'm Catholic but I didn't care if I went to hell. That's how bad it is.'' But while sensible, the advice about how to make things happen—changing the situation, changing your thinking, becoming more aware, understanding—may be harder to turn into reality. Perhaps the title heralds Newman's sometimes on-target, sometimes flabby points in ``moving in the right direction''—it's always risky to tell people how to feel. Resources; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 10+) Read full book review >