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An intimate understanding of America's teenagers : shaking hands with aliens / Bruce J. Gevirtzman.


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Gevirtzman, Bruce J.
Publication date:
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2008.
  • Book
  • xvi, 267 p. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [261]-262) and index.
  • I'm, like, all
  • The rebel paradox
  • Mirror, mirror
  • Lily munster, or whatever's cool
  • The anti-midas touch
  • Dumb stuff
  • Athletes, arrogance, and angst
  • The slime who hurt our kids
  • When party became a verb
  • Snitchin' ain't bitchin'
  • Hard-bodied, soft-headed, and stone dead
  • Sex, oral sex, and "hey, everybody's doing it!"
  • Devouring junk
  • They bombed Hiroshima, didn't they?
  • Good and plenty
  • You vil go to ha'vid!
  • You mean, when you die, you're dead?
  • It's a matter of philosophy : remedies times 10
  • Can't! won't! not!
  • When all is said and done.
Publisher's Summary:
In this title, a veteran high school teacher takes us on an absorbing, close-up journey with teenagers, sharing their loves, hates, fears, fantasies, pain, pressures, dreams, and desires. Alicia is so obsessed with being popular, she does things that would shock her parents, if they knew. Hector is aware the gang that wants him to join may be the death of him, but he will not decline. Sam was a baseball star, but can't play the sport he loves anymore because he is wracked from football injuries, a sport his father will not let him quit. These are just a few of the teenagers readers will 'meet', in this candid book authored by a 34-year veteran high school teacher. Voted Teacher of the Year and Coach of the Year, Bruce Gevirtzman has worked with more than 8,000 students. Here, he shares with us the results of his years spent talking with teenagers about topics from life and lust to depression and death. Revealing honest, poignant words shared in conversations, classroom talk, interviews, surveys, and journals, Gevirtzman takes us inside the minds of today's teenagers, and also contrasts them with teenagers of decades past. Topics of this title include teen thinking and secrets on issues from sex, drinking, and drugs to peer pressure, self-imposed standards, and beliefs about what is important and painful in life.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)

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