From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up–Exploring the philosophical and psychological aspects of communication, Carlson encourages young people to begin with a study of their own thoughts, feelings, and reactions, and clarifies the difference between conversation and having a dialogue with someone. After the self-examination process, teens can begin to improve their communication skills with the people around them, including those they don't like. The author mixes Eastern philosophical principles like meditation and selflessness with psychological examinations of language and communication scripts that people perform in their daily lives. The principles and terms will likely be unfamiliar to teens, and the writing style is often inscrutable. There are many wonderful tips to effective communication in the book, but the format of lengthy chapters with little variation is not well suited to this audience. Useful in libraries with strong New Age or Eastern philosophy collections.–Jane Cronkhite, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH
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"A practical focus on psychological survival." -- Publisher Weekly
"Carlson writes with intelligence, spunk, and wit." -- The New York Times Book Review
"Essential reading." -- Midwest Book Review