The Yes Book for Teenagers

Susan Louise Peterson
Vilnius Press (2013)
ISBN 9781940136004
Reviewed by Ben Weldon for Reader Views (11/13)


“The Yes Book for Teenagers” by Susan Louise Peterson is a collection of elaborations of what might be behind a simple yes answer that parents might give teens.  All of these yes answers are intended to encourage forethought in teens.  For example, if a teenager asks to go somewhere, the parent might say yes.  The book explains that the yes might really mean that he can go after he finishes his homework or chores, etc...

At the top of each page was an explanation of what might be behind a simple yes answer.  Following this there were five elaborations showing things a teen needs to think about after receiving a yes.  For example, “Yes might mean you have only part of the information” is followed by “Yes, you can go to the movies, but check the start and end times.” Each elaboration was remarkably specific and wasn’t easy to apply to my life.  

This book might be useful to teens that don’t think ahead, don’t anticipate the consequences of their actions, or don’t have very communicative parents.  This book also might help parents realize how to verbalize the intricacies of their yes answers.  Each elaboration was more like an answer with extra orders inside rather than mentally-stimulating reading. 

I would recommend “The Yes Book for Teenagers” by Susan Louise Peterson to teenagers with parents who don’t always explain answers.  The book offers helpful explanations to help teens go the extra mile and to think before they act.  The book was very short and could be read within hours.

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