The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make: A Guide for Teens

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  • a sweet first self-help book for teens who are too caught up in drama or life difficulty to concentrate on getting into college
  • delves into advice on areas like maintaining self-worth, handling friends and parents, dealing with sex
  • students already daydreaming of academic satisfaction on a college campus won’t need much time with this, aimed more at those who daydream of anything else

An inviting and accessibly written personal development paperback tailored to readers eighteen and under, purchasing The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make might just rank as one of those decisions for teens who feel particularly unmoored by life.

Popular author Sean Covey (of 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens fame) once again balances casual cool with frank authenticity in his argument for readers to make wise choices regarding self-worth, dating, sex, friends, parents, and school — admittedly, all issues around which serious study for SATs and APs will revolve to varying degrees.

Covey incorporates visual pop into the tips and anecdotes he interweaves through each of the Decisions, balancing between (for example) cartoons and statistical charts to encourage students to stay in school and steer clear of sex-related challenges. He avoids a too-preachy style with practical tips on stress and time management that simplify the application of the advice he offers.

Covey’s tone can lapse into “afterschool special” on occasion, and the book’s topics won’t break barriers on teen self-help bookshelves. But 6 Most Important Decisions still surfaces as a worthwhile read for students in need of the grounding, confidence and focus it takes to keep their eye on the college-bound prize.