Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today's Teenagers by Chap Clark is the updated version of his first edition Hurt. In this updated edition, Clark has added a new chapter, updated material and research, and provided more documentation throughout his book. Clark continues to look into the lives of our youth today. Not only that, Clark is passionate about our youth today. With that said, here are some of my thoughts concerning Hurt 2.0.
Hurt 2.0 is compiled into three parts. In the first part, The Changing Adolescent World, Clark lays the foundation for his book. He examines two foundational issues (abandonment and the world beneath) that our youth are struggling with today. The second part, The Landscape of the World Beneath, seeks to examine aspects of the youth's life with the understanding from part one. In this section, the bulk of Clark's research appears. He looks into aspects of culture such as peers, school, family, sports, sex, and more. The last part, Where Do We Go From Here, searches for solutions and strategies to turn the tide of abandonment.
So to whom is Clark writing all of this? When I first received this book I would have said it was written to anyone seeking to understand youth. While I still hold to this position I do so only half heartedly. After reading the book, I would suggest that Clark seems to be writing to more scholarly minded people. I do think parents, youth pastors and other youth workers can benefit a great deal from this book. However, I do not see them as the primary audience of it. (Chap, if you read this, feel free to correct me if I am wrong).
With that said, here are a few things I really liked about the book and two things I struggled with.
A Few Likes
Part 1 - I really Clark's work on abandonment and the world beneath. One of the most eye opening moments in the book were these two chapters. I truly believe that the book is worth the purchase just for these two chapters. It gave me a lot to think about that I previously never considered.
Passion - I really enjoyed Clark's passion for youth. It would be easy to write a book and not deeply care about your subject. I imagine some would say that your research is skewed if you care too deeply about the subject. However, I think Clark's passion fuels his research and this is a plus.
Small Agenda? - While reading the second part of Chap's book, I struggled at moments. I think he raised important topics and even presented truthful claims. I am grateful for the topics that he chose to research and recognize them as extremely influential in a student's life. However, I think parts of his research were geared to fit his systematic abandonment idea. Thus, the research seemed tailored to fit that claim. Even though this was a struggle, I do not think any of this invalidates his research. I think he looks deeply and honestly into the world of youth.
No workable solutions - Clark closes the book with strategies to turn the tide. However, I find these to be really impractical. Maybe that is just me. Nevertheless, I think this book offers good research regardless of its solutions.
Overall, I believe Clark's book is beneficial to anyone working with youth. As I said above, I think part one is excellent and validates the purchase of this book. Maybe you are looking for a resource that helps you to better understand the world of teenagers. This could certainly be a beneficial book for you.
I received this book free from Baker Academic Publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.