Monday, August 3, 2009

"Nerds, Druggies, Jocks. If television shows and movies are to be believed, teenage boys in America all fall into one of these three categories. But is this really all there is? Or are boys far more complex than we give them credit for?"

These powerful words are from the jacket cover for Malina Saval's new book The Secret Lives of Boys. To uncover the truth about the complex lives that young men now lead in America, Malina searched across America to meet and interview ten teens from all walks of life. From a teenage father, to drug abuser, a rich kid, and even a special "sheltered one," Saval tries to get reveal what makes the modern boy "tick." The New York Times had this to say about the book: "Parents, teachers and especially teenage girls will be fascinated to know that boys care about fashion, cry about girlfriends and have deep feelings. More important, they might see aspects of themselves reflected in these stories and realize, as I did, that boys aren’t so mystifying ­after all."

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