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by Lauren Kessler

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In an effort to better understand her daughter, the author spent more than a year immersed in her daughter Lizzie's life. She observed Lizzie's seventh and eighth grade classes (including a week of sex ed), went to summer camp with her, and attended Lizzie's wrestling and track practices (and all the matches and meets too). She writes about all this in the book, and along the way also includes research she has gleaned about the brain of a teenager. For example, scientists have discovered that the prefrontal cortex of a teenage brain is still developing and forming. Since this is the part of the brain dealing with moral reasoning, rational decision making, and emotional control, this (along with fluctuating hormones) explains why Lizzie is screaming "I hate you!" one hour, and then acting like a perfect angel the next. Whether you are a mother or you just know a teenager, this is an interesting analysis of teenagers and a peek into the world of mother-daughter relationships. ( )
  justpeachy | Apr 6, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0670021695, Hardcover)

A veteran journalist navigates the mother-daughter relationship at its most crucial moment

With the eye of a reporter, the curiosity of an anthropologist, and the open (and sometimes wounded) heart of a mother, award-winning author Lauren Kessler embeds herself in her about-to-be-teenage daughter's life. In seventh- and eighth-grade classrooms, at home, online, at the mall, and at summer camp, Kessler observes, investigates, chronicles- and participates in-the life of a twenty-first-century teen. As she begins to better understand and appreciate her mercurial daughter, their relationship-at first a mirror of the author's difficult relationship with her own mother-lurches in new directions. With the help of a resident teen expert (her daughter), as well as teachers, doctors, therapists, and other mothers, Kessler illuminates the age-old struggle from both sides, gracefully interweaving personal experience with journalistic inquiry. Funny, poignant, and insightful, My Teenage Werewolf explores the fascinating and scary world of today's teen as it comes to grips with the single most important relationship in a woman's life.

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With the eye of a reporter, the curiosity of an anthropologist, and the open (and sometimes wounded) heart of a mother, writer Lauren Kessler embeds herself in her about-to-be-teenage daughter's life. In seventh- and eighth-grade classrooms, at home, online, at the mall, and at summer camp, Kessler observes, investigates, chronicles--and participates in--the life of a twenty-first-century teen. As she begins to better understand and appreciate her mercurial daughter, their relationship--at first a mirror of the author's difficult relationship with her own mother--lurches in new directions. With the help of a resident teen expert (her daughter), as well as teachers, doctors, therapists, and other mothers, Kessler illuminates the age-old struggle from both sides, gracefully interweaving personal experience with journalistic inquiry. Funny, poignant, and insightful, this book explores the fascinating and scary world of today's teen.… (more)

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