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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

You, The Owner's Manual for Teens: A Guide to a Healthy Body and Happy Life by Michael F. Roizen, MD and Mehmet C. Oz, MD

You,  The Owner's Manual for Teens: A Guide to a Healthy Body and Happy Life  
by Michael F. Roizen, MD, Mehmet C. Oz, MD and Ellen Rome, MD
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-0-7432-9258-0
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Description: A few years ago, we wrote YOU: The Owner’s Manual, which taught people about the inner workings of their bodies—and how to keep them running strong. But you know what? There’s a big difference between an adult’s body and your body, between adults’ health mysteries and your health mysteries, between their questions and your questions. So, teens, this book is for YOU. We’ll talk to you about the biological changes that are happening in your brain and your body. We’ll show you how to get more energy, improve your grades, protect your skin, salvage more sleep, get fit, eat well, maximize your relationships, make decisions about sex, and so much more. In fact, in these pages, we answer hundreds of your most pressing health-related questions. And you know what else? We are going to treat you like adults in one very important way: We’re not going to preach. We’re going to give you straight-up information that you can use to make smart choices about how to live the good life—and enjoy every second of it. Starting right now.

The Good Stuff
  •  Medical information is simply explained 
  • Non Judgmental or condescending in any way
  • Artwork will appeal to teens
  • honest and straight to the point - no beating around the bush
  • Answers and information about all those things you never want to be caught dead asking (trust me I could have used some of this info when I was a teen cuz I sure as hell wasn't going to ask my Mom or Dad and they were totally cool)
  • Practical advice
  • Question and answer sections in each chapter are well done
  • Talks about both physical and mental issues again with no judgements 
  • the section on pee and poop is hilarious and extremely well done 
  • The you tools are practical and useful, especially the exercises and recipe sections
The Not so Good Stuff
  • Some of the jokes/humour are seriously hokey and will make teens totally roll their eyes or sigh in disgust
  • Was a wee bit put off on teens behalf by the list of things that they thought were of most importance to the teen. It was very stereotypical and somewhat selfish. There are plenty of teens that are interested in changing the world and making it a better place and it is just as important to them as staying zit free and having cool clothes - it actually almost made me put the book down
 Favorite Quotes/Passages

"If you smell funkier that a Black Eyed Peas track, there's probably a good explanation."

"Laser bubble tattoo paints, which can be totally busted and removed with one laser treatment, are just coming out on the market, so ask for them if you're not sure that you'll want to live with that Glee tattoo forever,"

"There's no doubt that today's teens face tough choices and find themselves in tough situations, many of which, unfortunately, come with a fair amount of risk-real risk. But we also believe that a "don't do this" and "don't do that" approach is about as effective as a cell phone with no service."

Who should/shouldn't read
  •  A must have for middle school and high school libraries
  • A must have for every house with kids who are or are going to be teens in the very near future
  • good for both boys and girls
4 Dewey's

I received this from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review

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