The core of this teen book--a cheesy (literally) allegory about four characters navigating a maze in pursuit of happiness (cheese) with varying success--is identical to the cheese-quest story told in Johnson's grownup book. The only difference is that the opening and closing backstory that pads out Who Moved My Cheese? for Teens involves a group of teenagers kibbutzing in the cafeteria, not a group of adults attending their high school reunion.
Of course, it's hard to argue with the essence of Johnson's commonsense message: one of the few constants in life is change, and the sooner we learn to anticipate and adjust to change, the happier we'll be. But most criticisms of the book (and there have been many) boil down to the fact that Cheese is just too reductive and simplistic, and sometimes change in our lives can and should be resisted. (It hasn't helped that the book's popularity among corporate managers has come to be associated with layoffs... er, cheese removals.) But whatever your take on Johnson's philosophy, you'd do well to keep it to yourself. Otherwise, you can count on your teenager to form the exact opposite opinion. (Ages 12 and older) --Paul Hughes
I loved this book so much for myself and I had to get it for my daughter. Teaching her early what it takes to to prosper.Published 2 months ago by Ancona
This is a great and positive approach to helping teens deal with changes in schedule, moving, and or letting go of old routines they should have outgrown! Read morePublished 3 months ago by MLively
We all need to read stories like these to keep us motivated. A great story for people in a rut and for people who don't embrace change.Published 7 months ago by A Reviewer
The moral it presents is a good one for all to learn. But the method of presenting it is silly and got boring quickly.Published 7 months ago by Dana Shahraki