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The Guy Book: An Owner's Manual (Maintenance, Safety, and Operating Instructions for Teens) Paperback – January 8, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (January 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679890289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679890287
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

With such chapter headings as "Under the Hood," "Yielding the Right of Way: Consent," and "Avoiding Hazardous Conditions: STDs," Mavis Jukes's Guy Book offers friendly, accurate, and up-to-date advice for prepubescent and adolescent boys. Covering a range of topics, from masturbation to decoding girls' signals to making that earth-shattering choice between boxers and briefs, this wise collection of information and how-tos will appeal to the testosterone-ridden boy who would sooner die than ask his mom or one of his buddies about spontaneous erections or confusing emotions. On the other hand, Jukes encourages readers throughout to talk to friends and caring, responsible adults, and offers guy-appropriate lingo and tips to help facilitate tough situations. On breaking up with a girl: "Breaking up on a Saturday afternoon at your soon-to-be-ex's house (where support is available) would be better than springing it on a Monday morning at school." Humorous, ironic 50s-style illustrations feature pistons (accompanying male anatomy discussions), engines, and clean-cut boys and girls in big old cars.

Don't fret, girls! Jukes is also the author of It's a Girl Thing: How to Stay Healthy, Safe, and in Charge. (Ages 13 and older) --Emilie Coulter

From Publishers Weekly

Loaded with information about puberty, personal hygiene, dating, sex even the prom Mavis Jukes's The Guy Book: An Owner's Manual puts boys in the driver's seat. Cheeky chapter headings (e.g., "Under the Hood" and "Ignition System"), funky '50s photographs and loads of phallic car parts pump up the volume. Honest talk about the opposite sex and tips on respectful behavior plus a discussion about homosexuality and homophobia are included.

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Customer Reviews

I don't have any problem in saying this is the absolute best book on puberty and growing up for teen boys!
Jennifer D. O'guin
Again, as a parent buying the book, check out the table of contents first, read the index, and read the book before you give it to your kiddo.
Jackie-the-Greyhound
Great to read with your son....as everything, I mean EVERYTHING, you need to know and more than you wanted to know in some areas.
B. Christopher

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Mcgregor on August 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
I got this book for my son when we got to the point that he had so many questions (technical in nature) that I couldn't remember the exact answer to (or don't know, not being a boy). I turned to my male friends for help, and one recommended "The Guy Book," which he had given to his 5 boys and they liked a lot. My son loved it. It has a lot of info on boys, their bodies, their issues with friends, and such necessary details as how to buy a corsage and tie a tie. My son asked intelligent questions, sparked by the book, and has read bits of it over and over.

The book is laid out in a non-threatening way, with fun illustrations and enough silly entries that it draws the reader in so that when they get to potentially embarassing material they just keep on going. It's also divided up so that, like the car repair manual it emulates, you can dip in to the one specific piece of info you need and then put it down until later.

Because of his interest, I've given this book to my nephews and recommended it to friends with pre-teens. Some of my nieces found it really useful, too, because it explains a lot about how and why boys do certain things.

I recommend this especially to parents who have trouble talking to their kids beyond a certain age, or single moms who, like me, just don't know the right answer. (If you don't know the answers, I recommend you read it. Then you'll know what you need to know to answer the next set of questions.)

The only thing wrong with this book is that I didn't write it. ;-)
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Richie Partington VINE VOICE on February 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
I did, in fact, know from a young age that "scrotum" was the name of that particular part of my body. But I had absolutely no understanding of the startling, unnerving things that began happening to my body while I was in middle school. Despite spending hours and hours of quality time with my father, regularly working alongside him on his construction sites from a very young age, I was never given "The Talk."

Nor did I have a big brother or sister to guide me through an understanding of the physical changes, the intense feelings, or the perplexing social stuff at school. It was all totally baffling. The result was that throughout middle school I was a great student and a nervous wreck; a quiet kid filled with discomfort and uncertainty. It was bad enough to be picked on and called names without already thinking that the weird things I'd been experiencing were certain proof that there must be something wrong with me.

Unfortunately for me and my contemporaries, Mavis Jukes was still a high school student when I was struggling hormonally, emotionally, and socially in seventh and eighth grades. Fortunately for today's middle school students, Mavis grew up and eventually became an author. Thanks to her having written IT'S A GIRL THING: HOW TO STAY HEALTHY, SAFE, AND IN CHARGE, followed a few years later by THE GUY BOOK: AN OWNER'S MANUAL, today's Twenty-First Century middle school students can avoid being caught in the sort of position in which I found myself.

Today there are serious, potentially life-threatening consequences to traversing middle school while hamstrung by the ignorance with which I traversed it four decades ago.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Brad on February 6, 2012
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A lot of good things in this book and it had many good reviews- but I browsed through it before I gave it to my son.
I notice most people do not read what they give there children to read.

First - I think the minimum age for this book would be 14.
Any younger will just go over there head and be to confusing - to much information.

Second - there is a part about group masturbation that I found really odd.
True all guys masturbate- but in groups with friends?

That basically was a deal breaker and I found another book called
'Boy's Guide to Becoming a Teen'.
It hits all the points on sex plus drugs and dealing with emotional issues.
I think it is great and for ages as low as 10 thru high school.

My son really appreciated it and felt much less confused about everything.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
this is the most truthful manual ever written. a cool way to get inside a guys mind for the girls and a great book for advice for guys. when your done you can go back if you ever need help its sure to answer all your questions, and also has a great humour about it and derserves all4 stars i gave it.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "zaidacortes" on March 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is a life saver for single moms. I have two boys and many of the questions they have asked are in this book. Until I read this book, I didn't understand that walking around with an erection most of the time was normal. The "Guy Book" has also taught me about the changes that have occurred and about the changes that are still to come. Thanks to the "Guy Book" I don't think I'll get caught off guard with some questions and changes my boys are yet to experience. I appreciate that the author thought about including girls and some of their changes. A must read for any single female parent and a great book for boys experiencing puberty.
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