Teens Talk by Malka Katzman is a book about the inner-most secrets of friends you wish you’d had when you were in high school.
That should tell us all we need to know about it.
The true stories of twenty-two teenage girls are presented in a diary-like format. Each chapter is about a different girl and situation. Teens Talk offers an intimate exploration of the complicated issues young people must grapple with.
There’s the girl who fears she’s got a terrible illness.
One of the girls, Malka, is leaving behind everything she knows to move to a new country. Anyone who’s ever moved as a child will relate to what she’s going through.
Another is shocked when she learns why she’s lost her best friend. What teen doesn’t have bumpy patches with friends?
The issues are the kind that can take over a teen’s entire world. While learning how each kid faced her challenge, readers are bound to identify with much of what they are going through.
Teens Talk is an opportunity for teenage girls to read about people like themselves. At this delicate developmental stage, it’s vital for them to see they aren’t alone, even when they have problems and fears that they might not have admitted to their best friend.
There aren’t many books specifically for frum teens, so this is an important contribution for a group of readers that could use a lot more attention.
I’d recommend the book to parents as well. It’s an important reminder of what it is like to be a teenager. Carefree, it’s not. Reading this may make us all a bit kinder, a bit more patient and understanding toward those sometimes challenging young people.
From Israel Bookshop Publications.
We received a review copy of this book.
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