From troubled teen to just the average teen, the Teen’s Guide to NOT Being Perfect by Tom Krause is a book that can relate to them all. Much to my surprise I enjoyed this book from the first line to the last.
When I first received this book I had my own preconceived notions of what it would be about and thought it may be a very cheesy, psycho-babble book geared towards teens. Boy was I wrong.
Teen’s Guide to NOT Being Perfect focuses on many Teen related issues like stress, weight loss, emotions, confidence, addiction and is more than just that. Aside from dealing with the issues Tom Krause gives his reader several ways to think about things teens come across in life and express their worries and triumphs.
I don’t think there has been one thing I haven’t really liked about this book. In my opinion, the chapters are the perfect length, not too wordy at all and certainly not too much to be overwhelming. In fact, I feel like the length of the chapters actually encourage the reader to keep reading.
Krause has some great points and not only incorporates his own personal stories, but he uses parables, stories from his previous students, and comparisons to enhance the story.
Each story aides the author in getting his point across to the reader. As a wise choice the stories are not necessarily those of only flowery nature, but something that any teen could enjoy and not turn their nose up at.
Aside from the great stories, at the end of each chapter there is a “discussion” section where the author prompts the reader to take action or answer a question in regards to the previous chapter. I think this is a great way for the reader to express what their thoughts are and to encourage them to actively think about what they are reading as well.
I don’t know if it’s quite necessary, but I think it would be a great idea for parents to go an additional step and read this book before the teen or even with the teen so there is even more room for discussion. Possibly even opening up the lines of dialogue that may not have been there before. There are a few sections, one which mentions suicide and another on addiction, that parents again may want to cover or discuss with their child.
My only fear is that, seeing Teen’s Guide to NOT Being Perfect on the shelf, some people may have the same preconceived notions I once had about this book and not pick it up, but I really do hope that through my review and maybe even some others that parents, teachers and teens will realize this is definitely a valuable book.
Author Tom Krause has also written Touching Hearts -Teaching Greatness, The Little Boy’s Smile and is a contributing author to many of the books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. Krause is not only a writer but also a motivational speaker and educator.