What Books Would I Buy for Teens this Christmas?

If I had to buy a teenager a book this Christmas, I would have to select one of the Girlosophy books by Anthea Paul. Give the gift of self-esteem. I would purchase J. C Burke’s ‘The Story of Tom Brennan’, any of James Moloney or Michael Gerard Bauers recent books such as ‘Don’t Call Me Ishmael’ or ‘Lost Property’ are great novels. Maureen McCarthy and Brigid Lowrys’ latest releases were also great this year.

I have reviewed briefly all the books I have mentioned above and if you click on the young adult reading tag, you can browse through to find something that might interest your loved one. If you have a specific child in mind, email me with some info about them and I might be able to suggest something more specific. I would need age, interests, reading habits to make a really good choice. I am heading off on an adventure Saturday so better be quick!

I usually buy my kids a book at Christmas. I have been doing it for so long, they would miss it if I didn’t. In fact I buy every kid I buy gifts for, books. One year I thought I’d do something different and get beach towels, I felt I was being a bit selfish, because I love books so much and actually enjoy selecting them for the kids. Several complained that they were relying on my present for their summer reading, so I went back to my original strategy.

A book often doesn’t seem much to a kid when they first open it. So don’t expect too much instant gratitude. It’s often weeks or months later that you get the phone call or email to say what a great present it was and how much they loved it. I’ve never had that kind of feedback with other toys.

Girlosophy: The Breakup Survival Kit by Anthea Paul

‘The Breakup Survival Kit’ gives a well balanced action plan for girls who have split up, whatever the circumstances. It contains some good, common-sense advice for young women and lays a positive path for moving forward into a new future.

As with the other Girlosophy books by Anthea Paul, it has healthy suggestions and gentle messages about keeping your self-esteem in tact and building on it in a situation that can be demanding. It has beautiful images and although a smaller format than the other Girlosophy books remains true to the uplifting philosophy and beauty of the series.
I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it for both young women and men to help to gain perspective during one of those trying times in life. Breaking-up is a big life challenge and most people experience it at least once in their life, this little book contains many wisdom’s that can ease that passage.

Girlosophy: The Love Survival Kit by Anthea Paul

I read “The Love Survival Kit” over 2 nights. It’s brilliant. It covers everything I would want to say to my daughter and know for myself. I wish I’d read it when I was 16. I had to learn many of the contents the hands on or rather hearts on way, complete with messy and painful learning experiences. Not that I think a book could have changed it all, yet I feel there are great signposts given in this book. It is reassuring as “The Soul Survival Kit”, it builds self esteem. Even for older girls like myself.

I have loaned this book to a few young women, who have totally raved about it. I am really impressed with Anthea Paul. My son said the other day when I was raving about her to his friends, “Move over Al Gore, mum’s got a new hero!”

I have a couple of her other books ordered, so I ‘ll be sharing more in the future.