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For Young Readers by Lindsey and Paige Oliver
7 Habits may prove helpful guide to teens
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    When asked to read a self-help book, the feelings of many teens and pre-teens can be summed up with a long, loud groan. It is a known fact that getting kids to read something they are not immediately “grabbed” by can be difficult — not to mention stressful for said child.  However, a book called “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens” is worth more than just one look.  Written by the son of Steven Covey, author of the widely popular “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, the book acts as a roadmap for normal kids who like to have fun and need an easy to understand guide for handling what life throws at them.
    Like many self help books, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens” is organized in a chapter format, with each chapter related to or building on the preceding chapters.  Each chapter focuses on a habit the reader can develop to be better organized or help get along with people more easily.  The book does a thorough job of explaining why each habit is useful and personal anecdotes to illustrate where specifically the habit will come into play in the adult world.
    Another interesting feature of the book is its formatting, designed with the purpose of holding kids’ attentions.  Cartoon figures in the margins, the aforementioned personal stories and changes in text that make points pop make the book fun to look at and easy to understand. These details keep young readers interested without diverting from the main point of the chapter.
    The content of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens” is the main reason to read the book, other details aside.  Sean Covey’s “7 Habits” encourage young people to be proactive, set goals, prioritize, have a good attitude, listen to others, learn to work with others and renew their new resolutions often. All the suggestions make sense, all are explained logically while relating themselves to real life scenarios kids can understand and all will help young people plan for the lives they choose to live. The habits are explained in a way that is not preachy and their benefits are stressed with the appropriate amount of sincerity.
    Because many children learn by experience, they may at first shun a book that tells them “this will be useful later on, so you better listen”.  But “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens” actually explains itself without lecturing and most children will see the logic in Sean Covey’s advice.  “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens” is a book anyone can read, if only they would take the time.
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