Who Moved My Cheese? for Teens Hardcover – October 28, 2002
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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
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I have the adult version.
My goddaughter has been struggling with teenage matters and I felt this was a great book to share with her.
She's actually reading it and loves it.
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She was a bit puzzled why I had recommended it to her and was pretty sceptical about bothering to read it. To her credit, she gave it a go and finished it in a single sitting.
Since then she has taken great delight in winding me up about giving it to her. However, I know that she 'gets it' though, as a few weeks on she is still referencing the characters whenever a situation arises where 'change' is on the horizon.
She finds it hilarious to call me 'Hem' or 'Haw' at the first sign of any change resistance on my part - so for the sake of a couple of quid it has given us both something to joke about if nothing else. Who knows, something might just stick and be useful when she is faced with a difficult situation in the future.
From the offset this book, at 96 pages long, is a simple and effective way to take a look at your life and how to change it for the better. Having heard about this book during a Two Pints of lager and a packet of crisps episode, I was immediately interested, given it was used in context for Donna, a self doubting but positive and intelligent woman looking to be more assertive.
Myself, a fairly frequent doubter was hooked to this book and read it in just under an hour. This is a very simple book with complex ideologies of how people observe life's obstacles and attempt to tackle them or leave them be.
Revolving around two mice and two little people in a maze filled with challenges and delusions, this book takes into account the important things in life and how we must strive for them rather than sit back and act naturally. The opening of the book shows a group of high school students upset regarding a change to their school environment and how this will infect them but one kid pips up with the cheese and maze story that turns their outlooks around.
This simple story is great. The cheese is supplied, then taken away and when we see that one mouse refuses to budge until the cheese is returned do we associate with every character in this book. There are times of doubt and ignorance, but there are times of careless actions and spontaneous positive motions, such as the one mouse getting up and thinking about going out and taking the time and energy to get the cheese back. It's a simple notion and using the cheese as a symbol to any other real life goal such as jobs, love and life makes the association easier to comprehend. The pace of the novel, whilst only under 100 pages, is reflective of real life emotions. The initial settling, the shock to find said cheese gone, the doubt, the fear, the anger, the ignorance and then the day with the get up and get it attitude that reflects the positive nature of humans that many people are afraid to acknowledge, myself included.
A drawback of this book is the fact it is over quickly and perhaps not as simple and easy to accomplish as made out in other such self help books, such as Feel the fear and do it anyway.
What this book has however, is the ability for implementing a powerful remembrance in the reader's mind. There are black and white pages with a simple sentence, such as "What would you do if you weren't afraid?" That, depending on the reader's current troubles, will strike home a personal association with the characters in the book.
Whether you are the world's most proactive positive person, I would still recommend giving this novel a shot because it is short and snappy and will make you think and ponder and hopefully act.
Great lesson that more teens should read.
As for content, it's a good read to encourage and motivate teens. My daughter found it amusing but kind of basic, so although I would recommend the book, it would depend on the reader if they actually get anything out of it.