life. Topics include peer pressure, popularity, TV addiction, ambition
and self-sabotage, all discussed with wit and enthusiasm by a youthful
Real-life examples provide insight into these and other adolescent
concerns in "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens," Richard Carlson's
newest edition to his motivational series. With the conversational tone
of a favorite uncle, the guru of keeping things in perspective offers 100
suggestions for dealing with stressful situations. Typically, the
concepts are simple -- encompassing such wisdom as "be creative in your
rebellion" and "be OK with your bad hair day."
Young adults prepared to tackle real-world finance will be well served
by "Street Wise, A Guide for Teen Investors." In an introduction to the
twists and turns of Wall Street, Janet Bramford provides information
about full-service versus discount brokers, stocks versus bonds, taxes,
investment clubs and stock-market careers. While directed to teens, her
book is a fine guide for beginning investors of all ages.
For more aesthetic challenges, Miss Teen California finalist Jennifer
Youngs offers sensible guidance in "Feeling Great, Looking Hot and Loving
Yourself." Along with tips about skin care, makeup and other components
of external beauty, there's advice about achieving inner radiance in this
self-improvement manual for young women.
That things can easily go awry in adolescence is evident in "Stick
Figure," Lori Gottlieb's real-life tale about becoming anorexic when she
was 11. Turned off by her parents' lifestyle, she challenges their
authority and vows to become "the thinnest girl at school." While
ultimately concluding that you can be too thin, Gottlieb offers wry
observations about an eating disorder and the image-obsessed society that
contributed to it.
From first crushes to first romances, love can be especially confusing
for young adults, and "Teen Love: On Relationships" can help sort it all
out. Rather than preaching, Kimberly Kirberger blends teens' reflections
and letters with adult counsel in her wise guide about adolescent
Relationships with friends and family are just one part of the
adolescent puzzle discussed in "Our Best Shot." In this handbook for
tackling tough teen issues, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Laura
Sessions Stepp illuminates the challenges of growing up today with
profiles of teens and tips for encouraging growth and preventing trouble.
* CHECK IT OUT is written by the staff of the Newport Beach Public
Library. This week's column is by Melissa Adams, in collaboration with
Andrea Jason. All titles may be reserved from home or office computers by
accessing the catalog at http://www.newportbeachlibrary.org.