Monday, October 15, 2012

Seventeen's Terrifying True Teen Stories by Seventeen Magazine

Even the cover looks like a magazine
Hey guys, sorry for the no show lately. I was pretty sick and had to fly back to Singapore for a while.

While I haven't read Seventeen magazine for a long time (I used to sneakily read my sister's copies), I was fairly interested in this short compilation. While I'm way above the stated age, this is a interesting and informative read.

The book is filled with short but dramatic stories with equally dramatic titles. Things like "My Scalp Was Ripped Off in a Freak Accident", "I Got Caught Smuggling Drugs", "I Had Brain Surgery ....for Headaches" and so on, this book is full of cautionary tales from real life teens.

What made the book stand out was that at the end of each story, practical tips were given. Things like what to do if an intruder enters your home, how to play with fireworks safely and how to stay safe while cheerleading. These are topics that I think most teens don't consider (unless you're deeply weird like me and spend the time before you sleep searching topics like "Christian Patriarchy Movement" and reading, but I digress) and this is one way to give them this information. And since this is coming from Seventeen Magazine, I have a feeling that teens will be receptive to the advice here.

So if you need a subtle hint/method to pass information to a stubborn teenager, you should definitely consider this book. If you're wondering, the topics are:

- School Shootings
- Robbery
- Fireworks
- Freak Accidents
- Drug Smuggling
- Kidnapping
- Shootings (random shootings)
- Cheerleading Accidents
- Texting while driving
- Headaches
- Tattoos.

All of them pretty common and serious topics.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review.

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