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Teen Guide To Parents: How To Manipulate Without Them Knowing is a work of non-fiction aimed at young adults, and was penned by author Kathleen Laziza. Both humorous and serious in its approach to social issues, this concise volume of situational advice seeks to take the negative associations away from the word ‘manipulation’. In the volume, teens are encouraged to carefully assess their social relationships with parents, teachers and other people immediate to their lives, and adapt their behaviors and thinking slightly to more easily avoid the typical struggles of clashing personalities, and develop their own sense of emotional agency.
In life, we all learn to get along with difficult people as we are socialized into the world, and this new volume of self-help by author Kathleen Laziza unlocks the key to that learning for young adults in difficult situations. The advice within is universal, setting down strategies that can be used in troubled family life, which also build skills to cope with the emotional struggles of the wider world in later life. Laziza’s narrative style is friendly, quirky and fun, but also realistic and down to earth in a way that is sure to resonate with her intended YA audience, and indeed beyond into adulthood. The volume is well presented and well organized, allowing readers to refer back and easily find strategies and contexts that they wish to repeat. Overall, Teen Guide To Parents is insightful and essential reading for any young adult looking to understand the social world better.