We all know that sullen one in the corner with that weird clothing that young people wear and then despair of the future. But enough about my place in the office…
We like teenagers, especially when they like to read, so here are some books for your moody (or non-moody) teenager:
Do you have any idea how lucky you are?
Not My Turn to Die: Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia by Savo Heleta describes his experience of as a young Bosnian Serb in the besieged (by Serbs) Bosniak- (Muslim) dominated city of Gorazde as the country was torn apart into ethnic factions during the war. Savo also describes how he overcame the hatred that such a situation creates and went his quest to make the world a better place, as he studies conflict resolution in South Africa now.
Comes the Darkness, Comes the Light: A Memoir of Cutting, Healing, and Hope by Vanessa Vega follows her descent into hurting herself to cope with anxiety and her gradual climb back to emotional health. Your daughter a Amy Winehouse fan? Maybe this can give her some insight into Amy’s troubled mind and her compulsion to cut.
Scheisshaus Luck: Surviving the Unspeakable in Auschwitz and Dora by Pierre Berg with Brian Brock follows 19-year-old Pierre as he is arrested by the Gestapo, being in the wrong place in the wrong time, shipped off to Drancy before being deported to Auschwitz and Dora, until finally escaping during a battle between the Nazis and the Red Army.
Did you fill out your college applications?
Scholarships 101: The Real-World Guide to Getting Cash for College by Kimberly Stezala gives you a reality-check on how to market yourself to get free cash. Yes, market yourself. You don’t need to be a star athlete or honor roll material, but with Kim’s help you can approach the scholarship application process like a pro.
25 Ways to Make College Pay Off: Advice for Anxious Parents from a Professor Who’s See It All by Professor Bill Coplin can help get your parents off your back by showing how they can step back and get perspective. Tip: Helicoptering does not help.
Do you have a summer job?
Yes, I’m building my own online…
Internet Riches: The Simple Money-Making Secrets of Online Millionaires by Scott Fox gives you the run-down on how to start your own successful business online. You might not be one of the millionaires, but it can beat the $5/hour at the local grocery store.
The Unofficial Guide to Building Your Business in the Second Life Virtual World: Marketing and Selling Your Product, Services, and Brand In-World by Sue Martin Mahar and Jay Mahar does exactly what the title says and you’ll get advice from everyone–our savvy authors, SL’s creator, professors studying virtual worlds, virtual fashion designer making over $100,000/year, and more.
No, I’m thinking long-term…
Career Match: Connecting Who You Are with What You’ll Love to Do by Shoya Zichy and Ann Bidou is a much-improved version of that test everyone takes and tells you that your ideal job is farmer (really, farmer?!?!). Instead, self-assess your personality (in a more friendly way than MBTI) and then get a range of careers that match that personality.
Smarts: Are We Hardwired for Success? by Chuck Martin with Peg Dawson and Richard Guare will “change how you think about your strengths & weaknesses & everyone who annoys you” according to its lovely editor. Another great skills profile that will help you realize what you really need to improve on and evaluate those around you.
Did you complete your extra credit?
Furnace of Creation, Cradle of Destruction: A Journey to the Birthplace of Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis by Roy Chester, Ph.D. has everything–explosions, natural disasters, lava, and mystery. Get on the trail of earth science with a renowned scientist and impress your friends and enemies.
Taking the Sea: Perilous Waters, Sunken Ships, and the True Story of the Legendary Wrecker Captains by Dennis M. Powers has something every book should have–pirates! Ok most are incorporating zombies right now, but I’m all for the piracy trend. Technically, they are “wreckers” but they steal loot with a lot of daring-do which is good enough for me.
Hope you like them.