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Grade 6 Up–Advice on issues that confront today's teenagers is given in a confident manner by the talk-show host. Factual information supports personal, no-nonsense guidance in navigating life's various challenges on the road to adulthood. Examples from the author's life further augment the points being made, illustrating both triumphs and mistakes, and their natural consequences. Content adequately covers relationships, sex, music, school, and philosophical reflections that will aid teenagers in developing their unique identities and value systems. Each of the four sections concludes with Instant Message-style remarks about wise behavior ("A Smart Operator is a kid who…") versus unwise behavior ("A Pinhead is a kid who…"). The theme is that young people who follow the guide and work hard, are honest, and help others will succeed and lead healthier, happier lives. The authoritative tone will appeal to O'Reilly's fans, but will not engage adolescents who are not eager for advice from an adult whom they do not consider to be a role model. The table of contents provides an organized overview of the material.–Sharon A. Neal, Immaculata University, PA
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Does the name Bill O'Reilly conjure up an advice maven for kids? Didn't think so. Yet here we have a book in which the Fox talk-show host goes into Dutch-uncle mode, offering his opinions about everything from families and friends to the Internet and sex (he lost his virginity at 20). Although written with Flowers, a former high-school teacher and coauthor of many books, this sounds like vintage O'Reilly: pithy and direct but also patronizing ("I like many things about you kids"). Each chapter begins with quotes from kids who have written into his show (!), followed by a short introduction and a personal O'Reilly story. In the alcohol chapter, for instance, he recalls watching a group of his friends get disgustingly drunk, which prompted him to vow never to drink. He ends with some general comments; for example, weatherman Willard Scott (lots of kid appeal there!) lapsed into alcoholism after his wife's death. Still, there's nothing wrong with most of the commonsensical advice O'Reilly dispenses; it's the sort found everywhere--do well in school, don't take drugs, avoid the wrong friends. But barf alert for the occasional instant-message inserts in which O'Reilly uses common IM terms to explore how two typical teenagers, one a "pinhead" and the other a "smart operator," would react to various situations. Bill O'Reilly talking kids' language: SMHID (scratch my head in disbelief). Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; 1ST. Edition edition (September 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060544252
  • ASIN: B00164CN3Q
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #775,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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77 of 99 people found the following review helpful By maxxumless on November 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
Not a bad book. It reads like a book more for ten year olds rather than for a young adult. My daughter (10) thought it was a bit simplistic but she reads and understands well beyond her level. I vote my conscience and voted for Clinton twice and for the life of me I cannot see where people get that this book is some type of conservative platform - it's a children's book with what I thought were good overall moral values. If you are looking for a book from a far left or right viewpoint written by an award-winning author then skip this book. It plays it right down the middle with allot of common sense ideas - ideas usually absent these days in kids lives.

Let your kids give it a try - it is after all geared toward them.
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378 of 499 people found the following review helpful By Todd and In Charge VINE VOICE on October 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Boy oh boy, as a father with kids who regularly watch the Factor I was looking forward to this book. But I have to tell you: it's a disappointment! Poorly written, little actual advice of a substantive nature, more platitudes and homilies that you could have written for Bill yourself. This one really looks like Bill is milking a cash-cow to death, and with the economy the way it is, we could all spend our money more wisely than purchasing this book. I hope that doesn't make me a "pinhead."
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359 of 478 people found the following review helpful By Magnus Liber on October 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Factor for kids misses the mark completely.

As someone who watches a lot of Bill O'Reilly, I can't say how much I was surprised by this book. What was he thinking? The factor is a political show for adults. Trying to do a tie in book for kids based on the factor is the dumbest thing ever! Didn't he consult with anybody? O'Reilly is a great success and should have had enough connections to pull this off, or at least be warned off of trying this disappointing idea.

Trying to slog through this book was just painful. It is like advice from grandpa trying to be hip. I really can't imagine any kids being so into Bill O'Reilly that they would want to try and drag themselves through this dry read. It has no real insights and is really an idea who's time has not come.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth I. Knight-Smith on December 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
In the interest of full disclosure:
I'm not big on watching TV in general but when I do watch, it's usually news. I occasionally watch Bill O'Reillys show on Fox News just as I occasionally watch Rachel Maddows show on MSNBC. I try to spend a little time with every network to see all the different perspectives out there & get a full picture of what's going on in the world. I am not a "fan" of either people mentioned above.

As some other reviews mention, Bill doesn't push an agenda with this book. He gives you his personal view on the subject, a real life example, & why you should think about his view on the subject. If you hate Bill because he's on Fox News, because he's Catholic, because he's a conservative, or you just think he's a jerk: this book is not for you. If you don't like being told that there is another point of view on the topics listed below &/or are not open to hearing a different point of view, this book is not for you. He tackles some "tough" subjects & mentions that this world has bad people in it, if you can't/don't want to admit to yourself or child that there are bad people in the world, this book is not for you. You are never going to agree with anyone 100% on 100% of topics, it's a statistical fact. His manor of speaking is abrasive & matter of fact, I personally prefer that to flowery BS, you may not. These should be common sense topics, "should" being the key word. Many kids (& adults!) could seriously learn from this book if they are willing to act maturely, really read it, think about what he said, consider putting his advice into action.

The chapter subjects are on the left, my short review of the message I got out them on the right.
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86 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Henry Toof on October 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As a college professor with 3 children and 5 grandchildren, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it heartily to parents wanting what's best for their children. A lot of the advice in this book might be considered "common sense" but really, it isn't all that common at all, considering the way many parents raise their children today (ways which, in my humble opinion, do much harm to their children's potential for future success).

If you have a child in high school or college, I highly recommend another book entitled "How to Ace Your Way Through College and Still Have a Life." It's the best college survival/success guide to come along in years, and like Mr. O'Reilly's book, shares smart, straightforward, sage advice.

Dr. Henry R. Toof

Cambridge, MA
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134 of 180 people found the following review helpful By R, your friendly neighborhood reviewer on October 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Parents, before you think; I should buy this for my child for all the insight it will surely provide, read my review. If you do happen to buy the book , your money will be wasted.

1. Because your child won't read it and

2.This book doesn't teach anything we havent already heard.

This book reads like a corny tv special that annoys very bored Americans. Mr. O'Reilly's writtings could relate to a child, but only because of the low reading level.

Since I know that Bill meant well with the book, I will provide two stars, but perhaps thats saying too much. His attemp at using "slang" was disgusting along with the way he tried to make kids think he could relate to them(even if he can in some issues). He has vitually no experience in divore or ridicule, as many other CURRENT teens across the nation has, and shouldn't have bothered with this book anyway. Maybe a REAL teen should have wrote the book? But why a 50+ man grappling for new fans. Again, don't buy this one its a waste of money and time.

Ill admit it, I got tricked into buying this book.
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