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What I Wish I Had Known About Becoming a Teenager

Wisdom and Advice from Teens in High School 

(5 Reviews)

Edited by Maura Thompson Hagarty


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Whether your teens are excited or apprehensive about the teen years, there is something in What I Wish I Had Known About Becoming a Teenager for them. High schoolers from across the country tell stories about their experiences, share insights about what they have learned, and offer great advice for young teens and preteens. They share what they wish they had known about becoming teenagers and touch on lots of topics relevant to teenage life. Find out more about these issues:

  • discovering who you are.
  • making and keeping friends.
  • living your faith.
  • staying out of harm's way.
  • dealing with peer pressure.
  • and much more!
Product Details

Copyright: April 19, 2007

Format: Paperback

Size: 6 x 9

Length: 110 pages

Item number: 3455

ISBN: 978-0-88489-662-3

ISBN-10: 0-88489-662-5

Customer Reviews

By Colin, teenager

I recommend this to other kids. It is a collection of advice about growing up. At school if you don't fit in a group, keep trying until you find the right one.

By Drew Fakler, teenager

This book tells me to never give up and to have faith in myself.

By Cassidy Bittle, teenager

I like the advice. It will help me in my future as a teenager.

By 13-year-old girl

. . . shows that teenage years really aren't what it looks like in movies or on television. It's an exciting time in our life when we can discover who we are.

By Brandon Yang, age 11

. . . interesting, gives good advice, and perfect for preteens and early teens.
Editorial Reviews

Catholic Library World, December, 2007

Nearly 600 teens responded to a request by Saint Mary's Press to share insights into their teen years on the following issues: finding yourself, friends, parents and siblings, faith, safety, technology, the media, peer pressure, and school success. This is truly a wonderful book filled with practical advice for teens by teens. Every preteen and teen should be given a copy of this powerful collection of astute advice, valuable sharing, and awesome insights. Teens poured out their hearts and frustrations in these touching short essays, quotations, poetry, and prayers.

This is a great book to give to a preteen before high school. It would also be a great discussion-starter for middle school religion classes and for parish youth group meeting talks.
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