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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The truth about dating, love and just being friends....

The Truth About Dating, Love, and Just Being Friends

From the publisher:
Chad Eastham, with his typical wit and wisdom for teens, brings much sought after advice on girls’ favorite topics including dating, love, friendship, and other important stuff.
Chad shines some much-needed light on these major issues for teens. Rather than let their feelings navigate them blindly through their tumultuous adolescence, Chad offers clarity, some surprising revelations, and answers to some of their biggest questions: How do I know who to date? When should I start dating? How should I start dating? Is this really love? And, Why do guys I like just want to be friends?
Packed with humor that adds to the sound advice, this book will help teens make better decisions, have healthier relationships, and be more prepared for their futures. Just a few things girls will learn include: Five things you need to know about love; Eight dumb dating things even smart people do; Ten reasons why teens are unhappy; and Ten things happy teens do.
Any teen can live a happier, healthier life: they just need to hear The Truth.

My review:
First, I am not a teen....far from it. However I do have teens (15 yr old girl and 13 yr. old son as well as younger children) and I am glad to have this book in my library. Mr. Eastham may approach the subject from a "cool uncle" perspective that may annoy some readers, but it could also draw others in. I personally liked it and found that my teenagers did too. (As a matter of fact one said the way he talked reminded them of their aunt!)

Mr. Eastham addresses real issues and questions teens have with a biblical perspective without stressing it so much that it turns them off. He combines statistical facts (53% of teens are NOT having sex) with quick fact lists (10 great ways guys turn girls off) with real life questions teens have and real life answers to them and still manages to throw in seemingly random facts, anecdotes, quotes from famous people and even Bible verses. There are reflection sections for you to stop and consider where you fit into the scheme of things and to examine why you think/feel the way you do about other things.

The chapters and headings are interestingly titled (in the chapter Miserable Teenagers Mr. Eastham discusses Being the "Maker Fun-er-of-er") which are just silly enough to get you to read and figure out what he is talking about. But don't think that the book is just one big silly-fest. Serious topics such as domestic violence are discussed as well as "it's not okay to be dumb" as in choosing to make bad choices or no choices.

All in all I think that this book should be on every teen girls book shelf. I don't know that the guys would take the time to read it as it does feel a little like it is geared towards girls but there is a lot of info just for the guys also (Why do girls go the the bathroom in groups or pairs?) I just know that my son felt it was girly.

I received this as a free book from BookSneeze in return for my honest review and opinions of it. A positive review was not required, but this book definitely deserved it!

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