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"Are you as tired as I am of books constantly telling you the same old Brady Bunch, Beaver Cleaver, goody-two-shoes BS
about doing your best to understand your parents, doing your homework, making curfew, getting a haircut, dropping that
hemline, and blah blah blah?" So inquires Jay McGraw, son of bestselling author Phillip C. McGraw, in the introduction
to the younger, hipper version of his father's Life Strategies. This funny, straightforward guide helps teens steer
rather than drift in life, dealing honestly with topics from peer pressure to TV addiction with the underlying mantra,
"Don't like it? Change it." Divided into the same 10 "Life Laws" that are in his father's book (from "We teach people
how to treat us" to "There is power in forgiveness"), McGraw urges teens to take control of their lives at every turn.
That said, he doesn't expect any young person to respond to the way his father's book is written, so he translates
"People do what works" to "The truth about why you can act so weird" and "Life rewards action" to "What are you waiting
for? Get it in gear!" He demands that his readers ask themselves hard questions about missed opportunities,
perceptions, self-sabotage, and personal shortcomings so they can figure out what's not working and fix it. Why? So
that they can turn dreams into goals--with specific timelines and strategies. There's no doubt that the book has the
enthusiastic pounding zeal of an aerobics instructor. But it makes a lot of sense, and if a teen took even a few of
these lessons to heart, he or she would be more in control than most adults. (Ages 13 and older)