Reviews for Pressure : True Stories by Teens About Stress


Library Media Connection Reviews 2013 May/June
Each of the autobiographical stories in these anthologies authored by teenagers contains the authors' struggles with bullying, anger, or stress. The stories chronicle unfair treatment, abusive home situations, and the pressure to conform from the perspectives of these teen writers. Some of the stories are difficult to read, as the authors write about their experiences with violence, depression, abuse, or neglect. Each volume contains a concluding interview with an expert on where to seek help. As with any other anthology, some of the stories are better written, but it is clear that each of these has been polished at the Youth Communication writing program. Teens will identify with the writers. Sydnye Cohen, Library Media Specialist, Brookfield (Connecticut) High School. RECOMMENDED Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 November

Gr 8 Up--Teens from New York-based Youth Communication pen autobiographical essays about their struggles with bullies, anger about bad home situations and unfair treatment, and pressure to conform or be successful. While not graphic or overly profane, their well-written stories are often harrowing to read, with frank accounts of abuse, neglect, sexuality, and crushing loneliness. Vicious is the darkest of the three, focusing on the destructive results of cruelty. In contrast, what is most striking about Rage and Pressure is the teens' resilience as they seek aid, learn coping strategies, or find outlets for self-expression. Introductions and concluding sections provide general information and resources. Teens will identify with the writers, discover that their own problems are not unique, and be encouraged to find help, making these titles, particularly Rage and Pressure, solid choices.

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