I present you with a couple of selections from a tiny library with a disproportionate number of depressing teen mental health books. Either the librarian who selected them way back in the day had serious issues or maybe there was a sale on these titles.
Coping with Cliques
Not too terrible but certainly no break through advice. Advice is mostly “be true to yourself” and “focus on the positive”. No illustrations or even interesting scenarios. I wish I could show you something outrageous but everyone has probably seen more interesting stuff on an episode of Dr. Phil or some other tv show. Certainly, no teen has touched this in ice age or two.
Try this one for size from the same series:
Coping with Peer Pressure
This is over 200 pages of nail biting fun that really reads like something out of a psych journal. Again, content is fine (for the time) but I can’t even imagine a teen (even in the late 80’s) picking up this title for information.
Maybe I am just crabby today, but it is really starting to frost my MLIS that we don’t take better care of selection and weeding in teen nonfiction collections. Collection development is more than simply covering a topic, like a stupid checklist. How about looking beyond a Dewey number and really getting information THAT SOMEONE MIGHT ACTUALLY USE? Okay. I am calming down now. I think the heat here in the Midwest is getting to me…