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The Diary of a Teenage Health Freak [Paperback]

Aidan Macfarlane , Ann McPherson , John Astrop
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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4 April 2002
A fully revised and updated edition for the 21st century, this is the book that teenagers can rely on to give them the facts of life - and make them laugh.

When Pete Payne's diary was originally revealed to an unsuspecting world the result was astonishing; teenagers piled out from behind the bike shed to grab it from their friends; relieved teachers and startled parents were to be seen surreptitiously checking facts in well-thumbed copies.

For teenagers who want to know but are too embarrassed to ask, for parents who know some of it but are too embarrassed to answer, and for teachers who know most of it but don't have the time to explain.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2Rev Ed edition (4 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199109052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199109050
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential teenage reading! 1 Aug 2002
By A Customer
I read the first edition of this book when I was 11 or 12 and I am now 22. It was one of my favourite books growing up and it presented me with essential facts and advice on everything from puberty to contraception. By using the diary of a teenage boy - Peter, the book amusingly takes you through the ups and downs of Peter's teenage life whilst giving the reader all the essential advice on health, safe sex and other issues that they could need. The information given is responsible yet frank and is written in a way that any young teenager, male or female can understand. Although the book may seem a little explicit in detail in parts it does not encourage young sex - just gives the facts and health advice in a teenage friendly way.
I would recomend this book to parents who want to teach their teenage children the real facts of life in an interesting, responsible (the book is written by doctors) and yet amusing manner. In a world where too many children learn their sex education from the playground this is essential reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Put's paid to all those breaktime fallacies! 24 July 1999
By A Customer
Whilst I'm now 23, I happened on a copy of this that I read in my teens, and flicking through the pages reminded of just how funny, informative and down-right useful it was. An essential for any teenager who wants to put one over on their know-all mates.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The "warts and all" version of Adrian Mole 17 May 2009
The 80's alternative to Adrian Mole.

Another dysfunctional family setting which was made popular by the Channel 4 TV series excellently directed by Daniel Peacock (who also starred as the father of the main character, Peter Payne).
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1.0 out of 5 stars Drivel 11 April 2014
This book (which first came out in the mid 1980s) clearly aims to teach teenagers about health, sex eduction, drug abuse and other societally problematic issues. It fails, mainly because large amounts of the information presented is so dumbed down as to be factually inaccurate, and also because it basically comes across as outdated preaching. Not unlike school teachers dressing up as teenagers to try to "get on their level" whilst they dish out the chest beaters' brainwash. Drivel.
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5 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars shit. 15 Sep 2004
By A Customer
This book claims to be the diary of a normal teenager.This book is just not good at all. I highly doubt any teenagers will be able to 'relate' to this, as it patronises teenagers and makes them out to be hormone driven freaks. This book doesnt have a clue, and lands in the middle of a teenagers helath guide and a poor adrian mole rip off. The result?This tacky book which is about as believable as harry potter.I could not recommend this book to anyone, it may appeal to a niave 10 year old, but i doubt it.avoid.
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