"The Teenage Guy's Survival Guide" by Jeremy Daldry; Little Brown & Co., $8.95, 135 pages
We've all seen it on television or in the movies; the uncomfortable scene between father and son, when they have the proverbial "talk." The "talk" where the father informs the son on the ways of the world, the "talk" that includes peer pressure, drugs, emotions and sex (this is also the talk where the son turns bright red and secretly repeats to himself "I can't believe he's saying this").
However, times are changing, those talks are happening less and less, and teen-age guys are left fending for themselves in the age of misinformation. We have had to rely on MTV, HBO and the latest song for all of our survival tips, but not anymore.
"The Teenage Guy's Survival Guide" by Jeremy Daldry is filled with tips for everything from shaving and kissing to asking a girl out. You're probably thinking, "I'm 16 years old, so I think I know how to ask a girl out and kiss her." Yes, you probably have been bombarded with images of these things on television and in the movies, but these techniques won't get you slapped.
"Why should I waste my time reading a book by an old man, who is out of touch with today's world?" That is the same question I asked myself, but then I opened the book and before I even started reading, the pages intrigued me. With bold print, pictures and different size print, the pages suck you in. It's as if you have to start reading just because it looks so interesting.
Let's face it guys, we're all going through the same things. So let's not try to pretend that our body, mind and emotions aren't changing, because they are.
An excerpt from the book will show you how funny it can be: "Don't, don't, don't tell a girl you would like to take her out and then turn up broke and have to resort to a hot date sitting in a bus shelter."
Here's a scenario: You're in the middle of class when the teacher calls on you for an answer to a question you weren't even paying attention to. When you finally begin your answer, your voice cracks. You look around in embarrassment, hoping that no one notices. However, the few smiles soon change into a few chuckles, then a roaring round of laughter. You slowly sit back down, smiling as if you meant to do that, when inside you want to be sucked into the earth. This book doesn't tell you how to make your voice stop changing, but it does explain why it happens and it lets you know that it happens to everyone.
The book answers these questions and lots more: Why do girls make me crazy? What's up with bad teen-age mustaches? Where is the best place to break up? Who can I talk to about private stuff?
This book touches on just about everything that has to do with the changes a teen-age guy goes through. If you have any questions, I am absolutely positive that this book will answer them or tell you where you can get the answers. It goes into subjects I couldn't even mention here.
We all get shy about asking our parents or even our friends about personal things, and this is a way to find out the correct information without the humiliation.
Jermaine Younger is a junior at City Honors High School.