Patty Campbell

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[The Teenage Survival Book] is a new edition of You, the self-consciously super-hang-loose sex and life manual that came out of the author's belated sixties consciousness (in 1975). Little is changed here, although at first glance it might seem that the inside is as new as the title because the author has scrambled the contents around. Gordon has also dropped much of the most valuable part of the original: those raunchy straight-ahead comics…. The leftover space is filled in with a lot of Gordon's own embarrassingly bad poetry, a long piece on Margaret Sanger by Toby Clinch, an inappropriate article titled "Toward a Successful Marriage," and some updated book lists. What seemed like so much fun six years ago now looks like sloppy and egocentric pseudowisdom caught in a time-warp. (p. 371)

Patty Campbell, in her review of "The Teenage Survival Book," in Wilson Library Bulletin (copyright © 1982 by the H. W. Wilson Company), Vol. 56, No. 5, January, 1982, pp. 370-71.∗

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