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Teen Angst: First-Person and Otherwise

Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation, by Neil Howe and William Strauss (Vintage Books, a division of Random House, 299 Park Ave., New York, NY 10171; 368 pp., $14 paperback). Introduces the much-heralded high school classes of 2000 and beyond, for which the authors have coined the term "Millennials" (people born from 1982 to the present). Unlike rebellious teenagers of the past, the book argues, the Millennials will rebel by being better than their predecessors, not worse. They describe themselves as diligent, dedicated, energetic, spirited, and optimistic. Having written several previous works of generational history, the authors differentiate this generation by its positive attitude and forward-looking vision of possibility. In fact, they venture to suggest that this "Millennial" generation will take on the mantle of the "heroic."

The Sex Lives of Teenagers: Revealing the Secret World of Adolescent Boys and Girls, by Dr. Lynn Ponton (Dutton, a member of Penguin Putnam, 375 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014; 285 pp., $24.95 hardcover). From her experience as a psychiatrist treating patients in the teenage years, the author gives readers an opportunity to "listen in" on what young people have to say on the subject of sex. The book examines the effects of today's media explosion of sexual images on teenagers and includes an appendix listing specific tips to help parents and their children talk about sexuality and risk-taking.

Teen Angst? Naaah ... A Quasi-Autobiography, by Ned Vizzini (Free Spirit Publishing, 400 First Ave. N., Suite 616, Minneapolis, MN 55401-2068; 240 pp., $12.95 paperback). Quirky-but-true essays about teenage life by a 19-year-old author. Starting in junior high and continuing through high school, the young writer shares his impressions of school, sports, video games, part-time jobs, and girls. My Story, by Katherine Tarbox (Dutton, a member of Penguin Putnam, 375 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014; 196 pp., $19.95 hardcover). Characterized by its publisher as the first memoir to address teenage life online, this first-person account gives readers insight into the pervasive influence of today's high-tech world on the everyday lives of young adults. It also addresses the modern manifestations of perennial issues faced by teenagers, including self-consciousness, peer pressure, and sex.

Learning Outside the Lines: Two Ivy League Students With Learning Disabilities and ADHD Give You the Tools for Academic Success and Educational Revolution, by Jonathan Mooney and David Cole (Fireside Books, a Simon & Schuster trade paperback, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020; 286 pp., $13 paperback). The authors share heart-wrenching stories of their early failures in a school system that they say values normality above all. Their stories, by showing how they came to recognize the limitations of schools, act as a handbook for others on how to achieve their potential. The authors outline successful alternative learning strategies, including methods that helped them in reading, taking notes, studying, and taking exams. Also includes easy-to-follow exercises and charts that allow students to work these skills into their routine.

Boys Into Men: Raising Our African-American Teenage Sons, by Nancy Boyd-Franklin and A.J. Franklin with Pamela A. Toussaint (Dutton, a member of Penguin Putnam, 375 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014; 196 pp., $23.95 hardcover). A how-to manual filled with true-life accounts from the authors' own experiences as the parents of four children, as well as those of other African-American families struggling with the challenge of raising teenage boys. Advises African-American adults on how to communicate effectively with their sons, serve as positive role models, and, when circumstances call for it, seek professional help. Also offers parents and educators advice in dealing with problems such as violence, drugs, peer influences, gangs, sex, and racism, as well as the effects of rap music, the media, and sports. Includes additional resources for parents and educators.

But I Love Him: Protecting Your Teen Daughter From Controlling, Abusive Dating Relationships, by Jill Murray (Regan Books, an imprint of HaperCollins, 10 E. 53rd St., New York, NY 10022; 193 pp., $25 hardcover). Points to the finding that one out of every three girls will experience some sort of date-related abuse before she graduates from high school. The author, who lectures widely on the topic in high schools across the country, writes that in every school she visits, she is approached by teenage girls in miserable relationships who, when confronted with the option of breaking up with the boy, exclaim, "But I love him!" Maintaining that many are not aware of the signs of a potentially abusive relationship, she identifies these patterns of behavior and shows how parents and teachers can help girls get out of such relationships. The book's bottom line is that teaching young girls to respect themselves is the best preventive strategy for unwise dating and abusive relationships.

The Struggle To Be Strong: True Stories by Teens About Overcoming Tough Times, edited by Al Desetta and Sybil Wolin (Free Spirit Publishing, 400 First Ave, N., Suite 616, Minneapolis, MN 55401; 182 pp., $14.95 paperback). The experiences recounted by these young urban writers cover a wide variety of hardships. Each of the book's chapters features one of seven "resiliencies" charted, and includes several of the book's 30 teenage essays. Each essay ends with a "Think About It" section to help readers find a common thread, as well as to test areas of similarity and difference between these stories and their own life experiences.

Nine Steps to Success: Teens Can Make It Happen, by Stedman Graham (Fireside Press, a division of Simon & Shuster, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020; 250 pp., $14 paperback). A guide for teenagers written by a Chicago business executive that aims to give young readers a better understanding of themselves, their strengths, and their desires, while helping them devise and achieve plans for realizing their dreams. Meant as a bridge between education and the real world, the book offers teenagers advice on boosting self-esteem, avoiding peer pressure, and handling the daily stress that comes with being a young adult.

Wild Words, Dangerous Desires: High School Girls and Feminist Avant-Garde Writing, by Helen J. Harper (Peter Lang, 275 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10001; 186 pp., $29.95 hardcover). Explores the struggles of young women who try to define themselves with, and against, the pleasures, premises, and practices that mark the female subject in feminist writing. Drawing on a study of six high school girls, the author, a Canadian educator, offers an analysis of female adolescent desire and identification as revealed in the acts of reading and writing. She recounts the difficulty young women in her study have in accepting the reality of multiple options in their lives.

The Uncollege Alternative: Your Guide to Incredible Careers and Amazing Adventures Outside College, by Danielle Wood (Reagan Books/HarperCollins, 10 E. 53rd St., New York, NY 10022; 319 pp., $14.95 paperback). Attempts to help young people weigh the benefits and costs of higher education and offers some alternatives to college. Filled with real-life stories of "uncollege" pioneers and plenty of facts and contact information, the book catalogs "uncollege" pursuits that include everything from jobs overseas to starting a business.

—A.E. Conrad

For more information on these books, contact the publisher or your local library or bookstore.

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