Notes on Being Teenage by Jana Rosalind
  

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Teens & YA's love to read and are the best authority on how it feels to be a teenager so we asked one of our teen Reader Review Panel members to read and review this title. Here's what Humaira had to say...

'This is a book that I am glad I have had the chance to read it at this age. It's great that others will do so too!

I’m a person who would say that they haven’t really had ‘proper’ difficult teenage years, compared to others but that’s not to say I didn’t have it easy. I wore a headscarf when most of my peers didn’t, I was painfully shy (still am sometimes) and I didn’t socialise well. I think Rosalind’s book was amazing; it tackled appearance and loving the way you look phenomenally. That particular chapter/segment appealed to me the most because I’ve always been so conscious, worried about what people thought about the way I dressed, wore my headscarf or even if it matched with what I was wearing. It was a fantastic read and I know it will be helpful for teens today; the writing style is great so it’s easy to read and understand so hopefully a lot of teens will read this without feeling a little lost. Obviously I recommend this for everyone to read!' Humaira Kauser, age 18

Synopsis

Notes on Being Teenage by Jana Rosalind

How would you describe yourself? Do you like to stand out, or fit in? Are you an Instagram junkie, or is Snapchat more your thing? Are you watching Zoella on YouTube, or reading Rookie on your phone? We're all different, and no-one's teenage years are the same. But we do all have one thing in common - being a teenager is about discovering who we are, and who we want to be. It can be tricky, building and forming your own identity and sense of self, and sometimes, advice from someone who has been there and done it in the not-too-distant past can come in useful. Enter Rosalind Jana, who's crammed more into her 20-odd years than most (including winning the Vogue Talent Contest for Young Writers AND 'Well Dressed' at the Observer Ethical Awards, but don't tell her we told you that...). Notes on Being Teenage covers all aspects of teenhood, from the serious (mental health issues, bullying, staying safe online), to the slightly-less-so (dating, style, fashion, starting a blog) and everything in between. Rooted in her own experiences as a blogger, part-time model and eco-fashion-expert, but also as a teen who struggled with scoliosis, bullying and her dad's depression, Rosalind is well-placed to offer advice and guidance to anyone navigating their teenage years. She's also spoken to loads of teens about their experiences, too, and their stories, problems, advice and wisdom are gathered here as well, along with interviews with inspirational and interesting people like Louise O'Neill, Juno Dawson and Rosianne Halse-Rojas. All this combines to form a warm, witty, wise book not just on how to survive but how to thrive as a teen. Essential reading for smart girls of any age.

Reviews

Superstar blogger/writer/student/model Rosalind Jana is a favourite of mine and this non-fiction book, which stretches from feminism to fashion to the pleasures and pitfalls of selfies , sounds like a must-read. Jim Dean Teens on Moon Lane

The phrase voice of a generation gets bandied around a lot but Rosalind Jana is certainly someone who can lay claim to that epithet. Her voice is smart, warm, feminist and funny and and Notes of Teenage is a wonderful blend of anecdote, advice and insight; Rosalind is like the online older sister you wish you had when you were a teenager and it's the sort of book I would have loved to give to the teenagers I used to work with. Anna James

Ros speaks like a confident and worldly best friend, who doesn't just tell you what to do, but shares how she did it, too. That's so very generous. Reading her words is a comfort, and a joy. She's smart and educated, kind and bold - I'm so impressed by her. Laura Jane Williams

By writing this guide, Jana has made me laugh, helped me make decisions, and more importantly, made me think. Aimee Sweet, age 14

About the Author

Rosalind Jana is winner of the Vogue Talent Contest for Young Writers, finalist of the Hospital 100 Club, winner of the Well-Dressed Award for The Observer Ethical Awards and winner of the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
272 pages
Interest Age: From 12

Author

Jana Rosalind
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Publisher

Wayland (Publishers) Ltd an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

9th June 2016

ISBN

9780750287326

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