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on 20 November 2014
Did not realise this book was published in 1999! There is no mention of social media or the internet so unfortunately it's pretty useless as a social guide to teenage years.
The tone of the book is really girl and dating/ relationship focused. The first chapter launches straight into how as a boy you just want to kiss and squeeze girls and how you should go about asking them out.... My teenager, like lots of boys, is actually shy and not interested in dating, even though going through lots of changes. If you have a boy like this then this is not the book for him as it could make him feel like he's left out of some club that he's not ready to join.
The chapter on porn was strange - talking about how normal it was but then how if your mum finds it she is likely to go ballistic.... this author is not a parent!
It's quite an alpha male book, and I have to say the massively random typography and cartoons felt patronising and silly to my son. Trying too hard to be matey and cool.
So it would probably suit the more 'out there' teenagers, best, but again, it's hopelessly dated!