This is probably Rob's most specific book yet, even more so than The Money Secret and Heart of Success. True, there's the expected number of stories, but in the middle chapters - dealing with the big issues that affect teens and stress out parents - Rob includes an impressive amount of stats to back up the main thrust of the book.
And what is the main thrust of the book? Well, I was quite surprised. If I was asked to sum it up, I'd say: Being a parent of a teenager may be tough, but being a teenager is tough too, and like it or not, you've somehow got to help your kids get through the teenage years and out the other side. And the good news is that you can!
On the whole, Teenagers! What Every Parent Has to Know is incredibly positive. It doesn't shirk from the big issues - the prevalence of drugs, the ubiquity of sex, the dangers of the internet - but it doesn't leave you feeling like everything's hopeless. Most of all, it doesn't demonise teenagers, and it doesn't give parents a huge list of things they have to do. The suggestions Rob does give are sensible and most of all doable.
The section where Rob talks about the physical development of a teenager's brain, and why those changes will affect their social and communication skills will be an immense comfort to parents of sullen and sulky teens everywhere. And, while he does explain some of the dangers lurking out there for teenagers, Rob doesn't play on parents' fears by hyping up the scary side of growing up.
In conclusion, Teenagers! What Every Parent Has to Know is very even-handed - it treated teenagers with respect, and gives parents a fighting chance of surviving the teenage years.