Sol Gordon Leah Deland Stenson - Essay

Leah Deland Stenson

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Teens who have the good fortune to read Gordon's self-help and how-to guide will learn ways to mitigate adolescent angst [in You!: the Psychology of Surviving and Enhancing Your Social Life, Love Life, Sex Life, School Life, Home Life, Work Life, Emotional Life, Creative Life, Spiritual Life, Style of Life, Life]. Covering numerous aspects of interpersonal relations and behavior—sex and love (hetero- and homosexual), drugs, depression, marriage, death, etc.—Gordon offers nonconde-scending advice and insightful analyses of common problem situations…. Appealing to browsers, the book has an eclectic, free-form format: bold chapter headings, photographs and drawings (including some nudity), poems, lists, text set off in boxes for emphasis, cartoon asides, and colored comic book inserts—e.g., "Ten Heavy Facts About Sex"—which, though lighthearted, don't pull any punches. The comics are explicit … while the accompanying text gives the hard facts…. One of the best books offering psychological help for teens to date, this doesn't insult readers by suggesting simple solutions or glibly telling them the "right" way to behave.

Leah Deland Stenson, in her review of "You!: The Psychology of Surviving and Enhancing Your Social Life, Love Life, Sex Life, School Life, Home Life, Work Life, Emotional Life, Creative Life, Spiritual Life, Style of Life, Life," in School Library Journal (reprinted from the February, 1976 issue of School Library Journal, published by R. R. Bowker Co./A Xerox Corporation: copyright © 1976), Vol. 22, No. 6, February, 1976, p. 52.