Llewellyn is a former middle-school English teacher, and she knows her audience well. Her formula for making the transition from traditional school to unschooling is accompanied by quotes on freedom and free thought from radical thinkers such as Steve Biko and Ralph Waldo Emerson. And Llewellyn is not above using slang. She capitalizes words to add emphasis, as in the "Mainstream American Suburbia-Think" she blames most schools for perpetuating. Some of her attempts to appeal to young minds ring a bit corny. She weaves through several chapters an allegory about a baby whose enthusiasm is squashed by a sterile, unnatural environment, and tells readers to "learn to be a human bean and not a mashed potato." But her underlying theme--think for yourself--should appeal to many teenagers. --Jodi Mailander Farrell
This book is helping convince my mom to let me leave school to get on with my life already!
First, I recommend this book to teenagers (or anyone old enough to read it) who thinks they don't have any options.
I have learned that I CAN be independant, and I CAN make my own decisions, and I CAN be treated like an adult.
You may think you are only a spudboy... But in actuality you're a real tomato!Published 2 months ago by E. Matos
I am very glad I discovered this book when my children were young. The author is a little strident and has a "hippie" flavor but it opened my eyes to another way of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Susan Weinroth
I remember a classmate of mine reading the first edition of this book back in the early 1990's. I wanted to put myself in my 17-year old shoes and see what he was reading about so,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by peace
An excellent resource for the homeschooling teen or the teen who just wants to take their life back. I really enjoyed reading it as did my two tween daughters.Published 5 months ago by S. Wilson
and now he reads this book in the park! He has gotten smarter since he became "unschooled". Thank you for empowering him! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Christie Drake
I have had the unfortunate experience of witnessing a fourteen year old girl become lost in the misguided and immature rantings of Grace Llewelyn. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Meredith Gibbons
I love this book! It's a very gentle, loving introduction to how to unschool. This book is for anyone who secretly wants to quit school but is shy, or unsure how to get started.Published 6 months ago by CATTA
Changed my life!
I had ADHD and was a lesbian and 12 years old, and it was my first year of middle school... Read more