From School Library Journal
Grade 7-12-- Newman presents first-person accounts by teens who are stressed out, anxious, or depressed; ``facts to focus on'' regarding the causes for these emotional reactions; and suggestions for ``moving in the right direction'' for those with similar problems. Clear, useful information follows each case history, although occasionally the narrative rules out one of the suggestions. When an individual complains that ``The directors of each activity . . . expect me to put their activity before anything else,'' the text advises, ``If you are so important to the activity, your occasional absence will be tolerated.'' Usually objective and easy going, the writing style becomes preachy and heavy-handed in relation to the problem of drug use. The author states, ``Parents who smoke, overeat, or take too many prescription drugs are displaying addictive behaviors that teenagers want to avoid.'' Young people caught up in or confused by the drug scene may be put off by this attitude and discount the advice. Other minor flaws such as typos and grammatical errors occasionally break readers' focus. Black-and-white photographs are effectively used, along with lists and chapter divisions to increase the book's readability. The lists of further reading and sources are current and include helpful organizations and their 800 numbers. --Dona Weisman, Northeast Texas Library System, Garland
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Kirkus Reviews
Taking the view that teenage years are more complex and difficult these days, freelancer Newman uses individual cases to demonstrate problems with academic pressure, divorce, bulimia, pregnancy, and other issues. The format is easy to follow: a profile complemented by multicultural photos, followed by bulleted ``facts to focus on'' and ``moving in the right direction.'' The author's and adolescents' voices sound real: ``Dad is on your back...''; ``I considered killing myself. I'm Catholic but I didn't care if I went to hell. That's how bad it is.'' But while sensible, the advice about how to make things happen--changing the situation, changing your thinking, becoming more aware, understanding--may be harder to turn into reality. Perhaps the title heralds Newman's sometimes on-target, sometimes flabby points in ``moving in the right direction''--it's always risky to tell people how to feel. Resources; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 10+) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.