It should mandatory for all boys (and girls would find it a good learning experience, too).
It's right on target with the things boys want to know.
By Barrie Levy With one out of eleven high school students in the past year experiencing some form of physical abuse — being hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend — young adults need to know where they can turn for help.
Even more teens (as high as ninety-six percent) reported emotional and psychological abuse in their relationships.
The approach is informative, realistic, and encouraging.
The emphasis throughout is on the need to talk about the abuse, get help, and know that abuse is never the victim’s fault.
Though geared toward boys, this book will prove critical for their parents and anyone else who cares for the sexual and romantic wellbeing of teenage boys. Smiler's extensive reading of the research literature on sexual and romantic development during adolescence, this is advice at its best. Savin-Williams, Ph D, professor of developmental psychology, Cornell University Issues of consent, gender roles, stereotypes, and the often-confusing and little-discussed emotions in boys' early sexual experiences add up to a substantive, thorough treatment of the topic.
— As a father (4 boys and 1 girl) and grandfather (10 boys and 5 girls), I can't think of a better book for young men and women or for their parents.
—Al Vernacchio, MSEd, author, In a society saturated by either disinformation or mis(sing) information, it's more than just "refreshing" to finally have a book that lays it all out for guys. Andrew Smiler's even-handed, judicious, and down-to-earth book will become the go-to book for teen guys—and those who love them.
—Michael Kimmel, Ph D, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, author, Hey guys!
goes a long way towards sensitizing the reader to normal adolescent male development without making it scary or deviant.
Parents may wish to read it as well to better understand the adolescent males in their life.
As a psychologist, I would suggest it to others to use in their practice with their clients and parents of clients.