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Blame My Brain
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 19 April 2007
This is an excellent book. The author explains a highly complex subject so clearly - and so many of the observations struck me as making complete sense. I tried out the visual exercises on my teenagers and we all agreed we understood each other better as a result. Overall: just fascinating!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2006
i actually won this book while meeting the author, Nicola Morgan. it is perfect for teenagers, parents and teachers as it explains behavourial issues, development and the overall mind of teens. morgan also contributes her theories along with scientifc evidence. a definate must read!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2013
I was really keen to read this book as soon as I read the blurb. My long term plan post finishing my degree is to work in a library where I get to work with teenagers, I thought this would be a really useful addition to my personal library.

The first thing I must say about this book is how very accessible it is. It is aimed at teenagers and the adults around them, the book is written in a way that both groups will find interesting and helpful but never feel talked down to or overloaded with information. Relevant scientific research is included wherever it is relevant, this again is discussed in a great manner, there’s no need to have a scientific background to be able to understand it.

The book covers six key areas; Emotions, Sleep, Risk-taking, Gender differences, Mental health issues and Brain development in older teens. Each section includes a case study, a description of what’s going on in the teenage brain, some theories of why the teenage brain might work the way it does, some useful facts and hints to help teenagers and parents survive this stage, and a quiz or activity to do. I really liked this structure, I’m sure different readers will particularly like different sections but by presenting the information in a range of ways there will definitely be something for everybody.

I’m obviously no longer a teenager myself, nor a parent of a teenager, but I found it fascinating to be able to think back to my own teenage years and my experiences (and those of some classmates) and finally understand why some people acted the way that they did.

I think this is a really valuable book, since reading it I’ve recommended it to a number of friends who work with teenagers. I know I’ll be referring back to it for years to come.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2012
This book is absolutely fantastic.So far i am just over halfway through the book but it is so informative and very funny.If you have teenage children this book really tries to explain why they are SO DIFFICULT TO LIVE WITH SOMETIMES!.It explains how your once normal sweet little angels suddenly change into the Difficult,moody.awkward little bless-thems they now are!!! ha ha. We as adults of course never behaved like them when we were teenagers AHEM!And our parents have never even heared of TEENAGERS , to them they are lovely devoted grandchildren, ha ha, if only they lived with them !!Now theres a thought? All jokes aside being a parent is the BEST and most rewarding job in the world but also the hardest, there are no instructions with this job but so far this book is really helping me to try to understand their teenage years, because I find that even though my boys are now taller than I am , they are still very young and child like in their ways sometimes as they try to adapt to growing up to suit their new adult bodies. So I would RECOMEND this book for all the mums and dads and TEENAGE offspring to read. The good news is apparently they WILL grow out of this delightfull stage of development and turn back into ordinary people once more!!! HA HA !!!!! GOOD LUCK
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2008
Brilliant book. As a professional working in Behaviour management in school and supporting students and their parents every day this has been wonderful. I have quoted parts and talked alot about various parts that have been useful just in the last 2 weeks! I am making it one of my top 10 essentail reads for parents and children entering adolescents. I have reassured parents and children alike that they are 'normal' and they will change and to accept themselves at present. A must read and to have on your shelf ready.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 25 June 2011
This is a highly readable and engaging book. It looks at what is really going on in a teenager's brain and explains what the reasons might be. Although written for a teenage audience, I would recommend this book as a valuable resource for parents and teachers. Nicola Morgan enthusiastically and creatively portrays the view that the behaviour of teenagers isn't entirely their fault. They are at the mercy of the biggest bodily changes they will ever be subjected to. And this naturally affects how they interact with the world and the people in it.

An interesting insight is that teenagers often have difficulty reading facial expressions causing them to misinterpret messages. Because they are using a different area of their brain, miscommunications can occur, which can lead to arguments. Their thinking brain (frontal cortex) is not fully developed so they are more likely to take risks just because they "felt like it". And, so reasons Nicola Morgan, they literally haven't!

I liked that the author doesn't generalise and the overall message is that we can learn so much from simply understanding our brains. However, it is not an excuse for bad behaviour and we can use our understanding to help control how we act. The inclusion of mini tests at the end of each chapter is helpful to prompt discussion with other teenagers or parents. There are also lots of ideas for further investigation or research. I highly recommend this book to teenagers, parents and teachers...so mostly everyone!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2010
An excellent book for teenagers and the unfortunate parents that have to try and understand them. Presented in an easy and informative format, I would recommend it to anyone 14+ as essential reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 April 2010
I would recommend this book to any parent who has a teenager. Our daughter is about to start her Standard Grades and the house has been fraught with tension. This book really opened my eyes and reminded me that I wasn't always an adult.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 March 2010
This is well written and is easy to understand. I would recommend it for parents as it will give you an insight in to your teenagers thoughts and behaviours. I found it to be very useful as it covered a wide range of issues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 October 2011
I really enjoyed this book and it stimulated some conversations with my daughter. It was really fascinating to see that due to her brain 're-developing' she sometimes missed clues in social situations. It was interesting to see how the brain causes moods, clumsiness, social clumsiness and great to know its short term! It was very easy to read and a great parenting tool.
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