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Christianity can be fun!

Is christ for you

Teen-ager, Christ is for You

More spiritual advice for “today’s” teens. The message is that Christianity is cool and God isn’t out to kill everything fun in your life. (I am not sure my teen self would necessarily agree.) It is a weeder because of the archaic references and the probability that no single teen would pick this title regardless of their interest in the subject matter, since it looks old and feels old.

I really believe that good design and cover art are essential to successful teen materials. I have seen much better covers and titles for Christian teens that would do a way better job than this little book.


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Insider Secrets About Boys

What Girls Want to Know About Boys
Unger and Berman

Figuring out boys evidently is a topic for the ages. I remember my teenage daughter asking me why they are so stupid and I remember asking my mom the same thing back in the 1970s. So, here are all the questions you want to ask. Too bad a good chunk of the answers are pretty awful. In this book you can learn:

  • boys are much more emotionally “controlled” than girls
  • boys are aroused by just about anything and girls  often don’t even know they are being “provocative”
  • boys are much more in touch with “reality” than girls because they will eventually have to support a family
  • boys need girls to hold them in check, sexually
  • boys like girls to be well groomed and have manners
  • boys think being feminine is the same as being helpless, and girls take advantage of that

Wow, I had no idea. Good thing I am a modern woman and that attitude isn’t around anymore. Oh wait, yes it is.


P.S. This is the second advice book we have had from Art Unger. Don’t be a “square” let Art school you in the finer points of cool. Continue reading

Friday Fiction – Girl Gives Birth to Own Prom Date

Girl Gives Birth to Own Prom Date coverGirl Gives Birth to Own Prom Date

Submitter:I have to say I’m too creeped out to even open this item. We are a public library, and this was weeded from our Young Adult collection last week. As a former high school English teacher, I found my head swimming when I saw the “freak show” title strangely combined with the innocuous cover graphic.

Holly: Now, now.  We have to at least glance at the content before weeding.  Although, I have to say the title alone made me do a double-take!  The title looks like a newspaper headline; maybe a tabloid.  You know, “aliens ate my baby” and the like.  That could make for a fun teen book, actually!

I dug deeper, and the description on WorldCat says, “When Brad asks someone else to the senior prom, Nicole resorts to a desperate measure–she decides to make her next-door neighbor over into a dream date.”  Now you KNOW teens love that kind of thing.  I’d still weed this book, but mostly because it’s old.  I’d be interested in knowing how many times it circulated, but even then you wouldn’t know if it was just because the title got peoples’ attention.

All that said, I am a little creeped out by the photo head on the girl and the boy when everything else is cartoony.  It’s like that stalker art you see in movies.  Ick.

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