What Teens Want to Know About
Love Dating and Sex
This Christian-oriented teen book spends page after page on the “don’t have sex” message. I am okay with a no sex message, but the slut shaming is awful. If you are a girl, your life will be ruined if you have sex. In addition, you will probably die alone or commit tons of adultery. By the way, it is also implied that girls have to be the moral one in this scenario since boys evidently can’t control themselves.
There is very little substance other than pages and pages of disasters about losing your virginity. Mr. Eager (don’t you love that name!) says you can prevent rape as well. Just ask the rapist to take you home when he starts getting handsy and don’t hang out with “wild boys.”
Fun fact: Boys like girls that are punctual and neat. Do you suppose wild boys like punctuality and neatness too? Wild boys, please comment!
This book looked older than 1994. I would have sworn late 1980s, tops. The advice is not that bad and mostly common sense stuff. The illustrations are awful and that alone would make it weed-able, in my opinion. (I can just imagine my teen patrons rolling eyes at this one.)
Ladies, I encourage you to take a look at how to rate with guys. Obviously, we need to all examine our “ladylike” behavior. (The book doesn’t give us details on what that behavior might mean.)
Blueprint for Teen-Age Living
1958 (original copyright)
Of course this is out of date. I am happy to report that most of the WorlCat holdings are university libraries. However, there are enough school and public libraries out there with holdings that give me pause. Hopefully they are in some special collections and not as part of a modern teen nonfiction collection.
Menninger focuses on simple information and how teens should develop a philosophy of life. He emphasizes the basics of kindness, courage, and honesty without sounding preachy or judgemental. Aside from some archaic language and cultural references, this book isn’t too bad. In its day, it would have been an excellent choice for a public library.