From School Library Journal
Grade 8 Up-Based on a survey that the teenaged author created and sent out across America while she was a member of Teen People's News Team, this book examines the role of labels and cliques in teen lives. Her survey is included. Muharrar defines labels in general, discusses how they develop, and talks about the most common categories into which teens lump themselves and others, e.g., geek, indie, goth, and numerous racial slurs. There are lots of good suggestions for dealing with the names one is called and how to break the habit of labeling. Well planned and well executed, the text allows readers to really "hear" other teens weigh in on the subject. Self-evaluation tools are scattered throughout. Muharrar has created a compelling book for young people searching for meaning in a label-driven society. Readers will find both acceptance and guidance in her thought-provoking offering.Elaine Baran Black, Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 6-12. A high-school valedictorian in 2002, Muharrar surveyed teens throughout the country to compile this accessible, informative study of the destructive effects of stereotyping peers. Her introductory survey shows how easy it is to make assumptions based upon young people's looks, interests, clothing, and friends. Many quotations from teens (credited only by gender and age) show how common labeling is and how sexist it can be. Occasional thought bubbles contribute intriguing statistics, and "Try It" activities, though directed at teens, can be adapted by teachers who want to tackle this issue in group settings. A separate chapter on slurs and hate words covers racism, homophobia, and prejudice against religious groups and the disabled. The enthusiastic, conversational tone will make the compassionate message very acceptable to teen readers, who are given much to think about as well as ways on how to respond to the cliques that exist in most high schools. Roger LeslieCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved