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Inspired by the concerns of real teenagers, this thoughtful memoir addresses the many turbulent, confusing, and exhilarating situations teens face. Big questions such as Who am I?, What's important to me?, and What am I called to do on this planet? are explored in candid autobiographical essays as well as bits of wisdom garnered from relatives, ancient poets, popular movies, coworkers, and a host of other sources. Sexuality, drug use, friendships, stress management, and self-esteem are among the important adolescent topics that this personal memoir addresses with warmth, compassion, and wit.
About the Author
K. L. Hong is the executive editor at Search Institute and has contributed to many publications for and about youth and community development. She has been a personal mentor to teens at St. Joseph’s Home for Children. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
"Hong does not condescend nor does she preach, while sharing her life lessons." —VOYA
"An emotional journey through the many challenges of adulthood relationships, self-esteem, jobs, and loss." —David Walsh, author, Why Do They Act That Way?
"Hong navigates her material from confusion to clarity, touching on all the important, close-to-your-heart issues as she goes." —Patricia Hoolihan, author, Teen Girls Only: Daily Thoughts for Teenage Girls
"An honest story about important growing-up experiences and life lessons that feels like a conversation with a friend." —Sharon Rodine, director, Heart of OKC (Oklahoma City), Oklahoma Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Project
"In a guide that is achingly intimate and hands-on practical, Hong addresses teenagers as curious, moral, sexual, searching human beings." — Elizabeth J. Andrew, author, Swinging on the Garden Gate and Writing the Sacred Journey
"My [15-year-old] son enjoyed the book: 'It's like someone's just talking to me about their life and what they've learned.'" —Minnesota Parent