From School Library Journal
Adult/High School-This is "a primer/workbook for friendship, using anecdotal evidence as much as hands-on advice to convey the meaning and responsibilities of these relationships." Writing in a warm, informal tone, the author uses personal experiences and related anecdotes to illustrate behaviors conducive to strong friendships. The book is primarily about "When Not to Mind Your Own Business." Gordon explores how to be a good friend to someone who is involved in violent or abusive situations, has an addiction, has a family member who is disabled, is suffering from depression and suicidal behaviors, loses a loved one, or is facing a terminal illness. He writes of the most difficult situation of all-when a suffering friend does things that are alienating. He repeatedly stresses the importance of becoming as informed as possible about a friend's medical or psychological condition. A section of general resources includes publications as well as helpful organizations. A valuable book.-Cynthia J. Rieben, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
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