Beyond Texting: The Fine Art of Face-to-Face Communication for Teenagers

Debra Fine. Canon (Midpoint Trade, dist.), $14.95 trade paper (136p) ISBN 978-0-9889696-0-5
Fine aims to help teenagers navigate their social and professional lives through effective communication. Suggesting that early relationships inform later ones, she encourages readers to move beyond their comfort zones to better understand themselves and others. Included are anecdotes about individuals facing various dilemmas (one student “comes across as disengaged in class” because she is shy and avoids eye contact with her teacher), as well as tips for making conversation, saying “no” to peer pressure, and balancing online and in-person relationships. Fine is keenly aware of the role technology plays in teenage relationships, while recognizing that building meaningful connections still requires work. Ages 13–up. (May)
Reviewed on: 06/16/2014
Release date: 05/01/2014
Genre: Children's
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