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Surviving High School: Making the Most of the High School Years Paperback – March 1, 1997


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts (March 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890878250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890878255
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #878,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Becoming familiar with yourself is no easy task. In fact, it's going to take many courageous acts, some brutal, some ecstatic." This companion workbook to Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers is directed at the kids themselves. With subjects ranging from "Getting Your Driver's License" to "Romance" to "Being Gay," Michael Riera's non-judgmental tone and good advice make this a book that teenagers might actually like their parents to give to them.

About the Author

MICHAEL RIERA, Ph.D., is the author of Staying Connected to Your Teenager; Right From Wrong: Instilling a Sense of Integrity in Our Children; and Field Guide to the American Teenager. He is also an award-winning columnist, educator, television commentator, radio host, and national speaker on issues of adolescence, families, and parenting. A 19-year veteran of schools in the roles of counselor, dean of students, teacher, and consultant, Riera lives with his wife and two kids in Berkeley, California.

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61 of 77 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
As a guidance counselor (like the author), I agree that it is helpful to write to teens in a language they can understand (not filled with parental "shoulds", for instance). However, my husband and I changed our minds about sharing this book with our teenage sons after reading most of it (enough to realize it was going in the trash). We were shocked at the "anything goes" content. The author fills his book with comments from teens, with the intent to help the reader see how others have handled challenges. One particular comment in the "Sex" chapter was by a girl who explained why she feels better because she WAITED SO LONG (until she was 17) to have sex.
The author suggests that teens with questions talk with their guidance counselor or school nurse. Never was there ANY reference to talking to your parents as a possible resource. In fact, when considering WHEN you're ready to have sex, the author states that you should gather others' opinions and listen to how they answered this question. He then follows with teen stories (aged 15 and up), provided to help your teen make that decision of WHEN (instead of perhaps even choosing to wait until marriage - a word that was never ONCE mentioned in this chapter). He at least takes a moral stand regarding rape, but no other mention of anything wrong unless it doesn't feel right to you. Sex is much better with romance, but he admits that sex is still great without romance! (What's romance? Soft lighting and soft music? A committed relationship? How does he define "romance"? He doesn't.)
If you choose to buy this book with the intent to help your teen gain a better understanding of the challenges in high school, READ THE BOOK FIRST!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ben Jordan(jordan@chesco.com) on January 22, 1999
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Surviving High School, a book on the perils of post-secondary schooling, by Mike Riera. There is no prologue, no introduction -- the words contained within are the most important thing to the reader, and the author knows this. The book contains 18 chapters on a variety of dangers to the high school student: various chapters individually analyze and explain possible solutions to problems brought about by drugs, sex, social discrimination, homosexuality, and even things as seemingly simple as getting your driver's license. The author's experience is supported very well by interviews with a number of current students, who add their own knowledge and experiance. This gives the book less of the feel of most books concerning problems associated with the teenage yeasr, books scribed by Ph.D.'s and other doctorates who merely cite cases regarding the problem at hand. It is much easier to relate to the words of a 16- or 17-year-old than to that of a 42-year-old specialist. This is not to say that Mike Riera does not offer good advice, on the contrary. However, many teenagers find it hard to relate to or even consider information presented by anyone much older than themselves. This book is valuable for many reasons. First and foremost, it helps students in difficult times to realize that they are not alone in their suffering and offers them tried and tested solutions to their problems. Second, and nearly as important, it gives parents, teachers, and everyone else involved with young people a sense of the problem's facing high school students today. This is not to say that people do not care, but times change quickly and the problems of 20 years ago are not the problems of today's youth. Riera brings out the issues and deals with them simply and individually, making it easy to read.Read more ›
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 2000
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Surviving High School written by Mike Riera is a wonderful combination of factual information and personal experiences. This easy to follow book deals with issues such as friendship, sex, stress, parents, personal safety, drugs, and alcohol. Each chapter presents information in a logical manner. At the end of each chapter the reader finds a "Think About It" section. In this section, readers can really think about the topic and how it relates to their lives. I definitely recommend this book to high school students of all ages. I strongly feel that anyone can benefit from reading this book.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1999
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I am so thrilled to find someone who shares my thoughts and feelings about teenagers , not to mention my respect and love for them. I can not express in words how brilliant this book is and how deeply and beautifully Mike understands teenagers real needs and concerns. if you really want to have a better relationship with your teens and teens if you want a deeper understanding of yourselves this is a must buy book. Also be sure to get "Uncommon sense for parents of teenagers" another book by Mike Riera.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 1999
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I think Surviving High School is an excellent book for teenagers. The author, Michael Riera (a guidance counselor), talks of all the problems that teens will or have encountered with in high school. He brings up several issues including sex, alcohol and drugs, friendship, stress, money, and so much more. My experience with this book has been a real "eye-opener!" I don't like to do a lot of reading because there are very few books that keep my attention. This book really had me thinking and I really enjoyed it. I would commend this book to all teenagers between the ages of 13 and 20. Pick this up and read it! I certainly give it five stars and Two thumbs up!
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