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Teen Childbirth Help

Teen Guide To Childbirth
Brown
1989

This is pretty much a basic childbirth manual. It assumes that this teen has all sorts of resources, dutifully gets prenatal care, and has support from family and the baby’s father. There isn’t any judgment about being married or shame cast on the teen mother. Unfortunately, that is about the only thing that is good. The reality is that there is probably 1% of all teen mothers that have the resources and choices in this book.

There are some pretty big questions left unanswered: How will I support myself? Where will I find help with child care? How am I going to pay for a hospital and prenatal care? Even if you can get beyond the outdated information, the couple pictures are just wrong. The first picture has a guy pushing 30 which brings a whole new level of ick to this book.

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Teen Makeover

The Make-Over
A Teen’s Guide to Looking & Feeling Beautiful
Parks-McKay
1985

Ah, the 1980s live again. This book has all the makeup and fashion advice your average teen girl needs. The shirt/vest combo looks 1970s (I say this because I had a similar outfit in 1977. Heck, I think I had the same hair as well.) By the 1980s we were all looking for some big hair via perms. For me personally, the 1980s ended up being a series of bad choices in hair and fashion.

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Abusive Relationships

Everything You Need to Know About
Abusive Relationships
Rue
1996

I want teens to have the best resources when it comes to serious topics like abusive relationships. I also think that these books need to be styled in such away, that it won’t discourage young people from using the material. I don’t think this book does the job effectively.

The cover art and illustrations leave a bit to be desired. The pictures are disturbing in that I think too many people would wouldn’t call a relationship abusive unless it is physically violent. Even though the book does address situations of female on male abuse and emotional abuse, it is still lacking on what constitutes an abusive relationship.

Regardless, this book is a weeder just because the content is over 20 years old. It isn’t necessarily wrong, but any material this old, especially in a teen section, is questionable.

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Smart Spending for the Teens

Smart Spending
A Young Consumer’s Guide
Schmitt
1989

I am totally one of those librarians who loves talking about financial literacy. Teens, particularly, really need help managing the realities of debt, spending, credit, etc. In 1989, I probably would have bought this for a library collection.

Lots of good discussion about fraud and spending. Now a days I bet we would have a hard time understanding some of the vocabulary such as money orders, paper checkbooks, taking advantage of the float between deposits and checks (I was quite the expert in the 1980s), etc.

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Girls Guide to Becoming a Teen

Girl’s Guide to Becoming A Teen: Getting Used to Life in Your Changing Body
American Medical Association
2006

Submitter: Overall, it really isn’t a bad book. It has good information and covers the facts. However, no school in our area has a school nurse to go to as the book says to do. The biggest issue is the suggested websites to visit for more information. Okay, some are dead links, that happens. But when one suggested web link (outproud.org) opens to their page that discusses finding “hot girls who want to f***” and provides more website links for “teenF***” dating sites to hook up with the hot girls, well then there is an issue with this book. There is nothing wrong with out and proud; just don’t think it’s appropriate for teen health book to direct the teens to what seems to be “sex hook up sites”! American Medical Association printed and approved, but it is no longer on this library’s shelf.