Teen-Age Living

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blueprint for teen living cover

Blueprint for Teen-Age Living
1958 (original copyright)
1968 printing

Of course this is out of date.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.


inside flap for blueprint for teen living

signs of maturity for teens

advice about choices for teens

advice for boys and girls and relationships

criteria for good dates and fashion






  1. Surely you’re not suggesting teens no longer need to learn good phone manners or how to enjoy themselves at the malt shop?

  2. With a few touch ups this could be useful today. The academic and slightly condescending language is the worst bit. Of course the illustrations would need to go – though they’re wonderfully nostalgic on their own.

  3. Publishers should start trolling this site for books they can buy the rights to, update, and republish. This is far from the first one like it.

  4. I don’t remember seeing this book before, but I’m sure that I’ve seen the phone picture in other books. Just think how relaxed today’s teens can get with their phones!

    1. There’s a picture very like it in an old Mad Magazine paperback we’ve got somewhere around the house.

  5. I have to agree – this could easily be adapted and updated for teens today. The phone etiquette would have to be changed drastically. Facetime and other video call features would mean actually having to look at the person you are talking to. And a whole chapter on social networking… featuring Facebook. I look at what my nieces and their friends post and just end up shaking my head.

    1. When it comes to Facebook it’s adults who need the most training there. Just go over to STFUParents.com sometime – but do it when you’re not eating because apparently a lot of parents think it’s okay to post poop pictures to FB.

      1. Completely agree with you there. My high school and college age nieces and nephews are quite good about privacy and not over sharing on places like Facebook. I only wish I could say the same for some of the “adults” (yes those are derisive quotes) on there.

  6. It could be updated (ideally to get rid of the strict gender roles as well as update the technology and fashion)–but how many teens are clamoring for etiquette books? This strikes me as the kind of book adults just wish teens would read.

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