THE TEENAGER'S ASK-N-ANSWER BOOK by Lawrence & Betty J. Graham Graham


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Questions and answers about key concerns: friends, family, drugs, sex, money, religion, politics, race, etc. The author is a 19-year-old who asked his mother to help him out. The thorough, concerned tone, especially the thought-provoking technique of asking questions back, is commendable. But the narrative gets bogged down: the authors assume that a word from them will correct a deep problem, failing to suggest outside help or acknowledge complex family dilemmas. There are too many ""shoulds,"" contradictions, and simplistic accusations. Problems are glossed over and kids are told to deny loss. They're urged to lie (say you have a heart condition to get out of a fight). Flaws such as these can not be overlooked even if the authors had the pizzazz of Dear Abby, which they don't.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1986
Publisher: Messner