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ALB’s wonderful Young Adult Collection

Teen self-esteem builder

The Teen Face Book
American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
1989

These kids on the cover look familiar.  Isn’t that one girl from Family Ties?

Anyway, what bothers me is this is a book aimed at teens and seems to be full of lots of information on how you as a teenager can fix your face problems with plastic surgery.  Parents hate you?  Can’t get a date?  The answer is a “little bit of work!”

Although this book contains some information on acne treatment and healthy skin, the second half of the book is all about the plastic surgery.  Not sure I believe we should be telling teens that plastic surgery will fix the all the problems they are having with life–especially with medical data from 1989.  Short answer:  a more balanced attitude about cosmetic surgery and something within the last 5 years would be more appropriate.   Definitely a weeder!

Mary

House of Hair

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Dee Snider’s Teenage Survival Guide
Snider
1987

It’s confession time, ALB fans.  I, Holly Hibner, am a closet metal head.  Actually, not so closet.  I have been to several heavy metal concerts and been known to “bang my head” while driving.  Are you shocked?  Just doing my part to break the librarian stereotype…

Ok, now that true confession time is over, let’s talk about this book.  Dee Snider was the lead singer of Twisted Sister in the ’80s.  This was a cool book in my day!  It’s still a good book message-wise, but if you gave this book to a teenager today they would probably laugh hysterically and ask who the clown on the cover is.  It’s definitely time for an upgrade!

P.S.  I will say that I love the radio show “House of Hair” on Sunday mornings, hosted by none other than…that’s right…DEE SNIDER!  Awesome!