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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451214188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451214188
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lara Fox and Hilary Frankel are high school students.

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jane Trabich on February 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
As a former family therapist and parent of two teenage boys, I found Breaking the Code to be a refreshing approach to communicating with teens. You have a rare opportunity to glean the insights of two bright, perceptive, and sensitive teens. They are truly wise beyond their 16 years! The book is written in a clear and concise manner, with each chapter addressing different topics ranging from privacy to curfews to drugs to dressing and more! I especially liked how they recount numerous real life examples of everyday conversations and confrontations and give you the opportunity to reexamine them with the benefit of a teen's point of view. There is no doubt in my mind that you will see yourself in many of the scenarios. The book is far from one sided and in fact does give insight into the trials and tribulations that a teenager experiences in needing to have limits set on one hand, while desiring the independence to develop their own identity on the other.

Each of us struggles in trying to keep the lines of communication open during this difficult period of adolescence. One cannot help but garner many useful ideas that could be put to immediate practical use. I know I did. It is a resource for not only parents but also teachers and therapists and yes, even teens themselves! Just ask my son. I cannot imagine why such an exciting book has not come along sooner. Lara Fox and Hilary Frankel are two extraordinary girls who have shared a gift with us all...don't miss it!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ariadne on March 20, 2005
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After reading this book and gifting it to a friend of mine, I couldn't help but wish my own parents had had access to something like this when I was young. These two shockingly insightful and amazingly mature young girls give a very organized and factual account of how to deal with your teen, along with some much-needed interpretations on what your teen is truly thinking and feeling. Not only does it remind you of your own angst-filled days as a teenager, but it lends helpful advice to any parent struggling to get through that hard transition time when your child is no longer a "child" but not quite ready to leave the nest. I recommend this to ANY parent with teenagers of his/her own.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By miss maddy b on April 4, 2005
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Breaking the code is a must read for all parents who wish to communicate with their children in a whole new way. A very intuitve and innovative approach to take when dealing with issues in your teen's life.

I have found this book to be a bible for me and can't imagine life without it.

Thank you Lara and Hillary for teaching us what to say and how to say it, It really makes a world of difference. I applaude you both.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bart King on September 27, 2005
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Okay, this book would probably get a "four star" review, but I'm so impressed that two high school girls wrote it, I can't help myself. This book is surprisingly thorough in the different scenarios it plays out.

My only complaint is that the situations and remedies are sometimes absurdly "pro-teen." For example, teenagers are dreadfully insulting to their parents in the sample dialogues, calling them "bitch" or "psycho" routinely, and the authors (amazingly!) advise softballing these problems so they don't get worse.

Other than that, nicely done, ladies.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Susan Solomon on April 3, 2005
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Breaking the code is the only book to give a parent an honest look into what their teen is thinking and feeling--and alternative ways to communicate. Writing straightforwardly and honestly from their own experiences and those of their friends, Lara and Hillary provide a wealth of insight that will help parents re-think how they talk to their teens and understand how what they are saying is really being heard.

invaluable advice for teens adn their parents and a fun read! i highly recommend this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Robyn B. Faye on August 15, 2005
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Both my daughter, age 13 and I read this book and agree that it helps us to communicate with each other. The book is "right on" as she puts it. It helps us to not sweat the small stuff and to deal with the issues that we have been having problems with. We have a good and strong relationship which this book is helping to make even stronger. I encourage parents with kids of the teen years to read. I am an professional who deals with teens and find this book very helpful. I have told many friends and patients about this book.
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