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Teenagers: A Natural History by [Bainbridge, David]
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A completely fresh take on adolescence with great potential for newspaper family pages, radio and TV interviews and festival/ bookshop appearances. 'Fresh and engaging' Sunday Telegraph 'At a time when youth culture is feared and demonised, here is a welcome antidote. A highly readable account and a thought-provoking thesis.' New Scientist 'Teenagers is an entertaining book full of quotA--able Did you know ... ?A" facts.' New Statesman 'The tone in Teenagers is chatty and energetic and the chances are you will find something really useful here' Guardian

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'Takes the upheaval of adolescence and turns it into a choreography of interwoven steps' Guardian

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 593 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1553654374
  • Publisher: Portobello Books (1 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006IOS5L8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #233,414 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The best thing about this book is that it is positive about teenagers. The media is full of negative coverage of teenagers. Further, books about teenagers tend to concentrate on the problems they have and how to cope with them, essentially treating teenage-hood as a type of annoying temporary disease.

The author had chosen to make his (eye catching) thesis that teenagers represent the peak of being human and the teenage years are the key thing that differentiates us from other animals.

This is deliberately provocative, but he does an admirable job backing up his statements with a well-researched, well written book setting the latest scientific evidence on how children move though the teenage years and on to adulthood. The teenage years are not just a transition, but a stage of life in its own right, and a great one at that.

Anyone with teenagers, or who knows any, will recognize the descriptions of their enthusiasm, mood-swings, relationships and introspection. There is no dogma here: he runs though the scientific evidence, which is often conflicting and then he assesses what it might mean in practice. Development, health, sex, drugs and relationships are all covered.

There is real humanity in this book. The science is warmed with practical illustrations and a real affection for the subjects of his investigation.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone with teenagers. Their rebelliousness, laziness, risk-taking and lack of respect may be maddening for their parents and other adults. This offers some explanations as to why, even if the key one is just that they are actually superior to us grown-ups.
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This is quite a fascinating book about teenagers. It's not a parenting self-help book. Written from a scientific perspective by a vet, it looks at the many changes happening in the teenager's body and brain and how these all link together to make teenagers what they are. The detailed scientific content could have made this book hard work to read, but in fact it is written in an interesting and entertaining way. Just don't try and digest it all in one go!
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Enjoyed it a lot and would definitely recommend it to other people doing A-Level biology or interested in a career in medicine / veterinary. I'd have given it 5 stars if the authour (my Cambridge interviewer) hadn't rejected me! :)
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I was lucky enough to hear David Bainbridge speak and his book is as entertaining as his talk. I can also recommend his book on middle age. Brilliant writer
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