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Essays In Love
Essays In Love
by Alain de Botton
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review, 17 Dec 2010
This review is from: Essays In Love (Paperback)
This is a lovely book - I have bought it again & again for my young teenagers and their friends... It's a delightful way to explore yourself and your take on life. It applies to and validates the experiences of each unique individual. It encourages free-thinking & introspection, without making a meal of it. And it's an enjoyable read - really well written!


Drawings of Vaginas by Teenage Boys
Drawings of Vaginas by Teenage Boys
by OhMyGosh Yes
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.73

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review, 17 Dec 2010
We bought this for my teenage daughter's friend for xmas, and it is simply fun and not at all sordid or 'porn-rated' - I highly recommended it as a humourous and rather lovely take on the female anatomy from the 'viewpoint' of a teenage boy - the author is clearly and rather innocently intrigued and enchanted by the female genitalia!


Raising Boys: Why Boys Are Different--And How to Help Them Become Happy and Well-Balanced Men
Raising Boys: Why Boys Are Different--And How to Help Them Become Happy and Well-Balanced Men
by Steve Biddulph
Edition: Paperback

6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars review, 17 Dec 2010
This book is ok... certainly not ground-breaking, and not as analytical of the research as I would have expected for the price - very 'sound-bitey' (?aka american). It's the kind of book you might give to new and relatively niave parents - and in this circumstance, this is a very good book.
However, I find some of the author's personal views quite disconserting, e.g.
"A dad who is close to his daughter is so good for her, because he becomes the yardstick by which he measures boys. If she knows from you that she is interesting, intelligent and worthwhile, boys have to measure up to this - which eliminates 80 percent of them right off the bat! This has to be a good investment!"
Really???
Surely the author's attitude to boys is up for speculation here...
It creates an all-american stereo-type in my head of 'daddy's girls'; all too perfect and prissy to be tarnished by the hormonal drive of grubby little boys who after all are all 'slugs & snails' and there's nothing you can do about that, no matter how much we improve their lot.
Don't get me wrong, I agree entirely with the main ethos of this book, but I would have liked more science and less anecdotal musing.


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