S’LIFE, Slices of Life for Teens

The girl approached me after class surrounded by a small group of her friends.  I guessed her to be about 15.  It was clear she had something she wanted to say to me, but she had waited until the other students left and I had walked away from the classroom, out of their purview.  She spoke timidly, but her voice carried an unmistakable note of sincerity.  “I just wanted to thank you for what you said, “ she began,  “your words meant a lot to me.  You see, my cousin committed suicide about a month ago.  I really haven’t been sure how to handle it, but you’ve helped me start to figure it out.  I’m looking at things differently.  Thank you for your help.”

This girl was one of the 350 students I spoke to over a two-day period at one high school I visited.  I was there as part of a pilot project for my S’LIFE book for teens (formerly titled Girl Talk).  A select group of students had read my manuscript and I was there to discuss it with them and talk with the other kids as well.  I was pleased at how the students seemed to gravitate to my book, enjoying its content and format.  They gave me invaluable real-world feedback from the target audience that I immediately planned to incorporate into the book itself.  But what struck me the most was how much almost every kid I met over those two days seemed to gobble up every ounce of positive energy I offered them. I had motivational talks with those who had not read the manuscript and many literally begged for the chance to read the book as well.  This underscored the immense need that is not being fulfilled in our middle and high schools nationwide.

Several of the students graciously volunteered to talk with me on-camera.  You may watch this informative and moving video here:  Teen Video

And this is a brief glimpse at what the students thought about the book itself: Teens talk about S’LIFE, Slice of Life for Teens

What Teens Are Saying About S’LIFE:

“I like how it related to me…”

“…more than just the stereotypical [issues] that you see in movies…”

“I like the way it covered a whole spectrum of topics…”

“…it had chapters that were short and to the point…”

“…a brilliant idea…a lot of people need to read stuff like this.”

“…it really opened my eyes…”