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Get Out of My Life...

But First Take Me and Alex Into Town
Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)

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Summary

Teenagers are tough and anyone who has their own needs help. Here it is: a witty, enjoyable and genuinely helpful guide that breaks the mould.

Get Out Of My Life offers practical alternatives to anger, nagging and frustration, and specific recommendations for developing better relationships with even the most difficult teenagers. This is the best survival manual for parents who find themselves marooned among volatile and incomprehensible aliens on Planet Teen. It looks at all the difficult issues of bringing up teenagers - school, sex, drugs and even suicide.

©2002 Tony Wolf, Suzanne Franks (P)2011 Audible Ltd

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Amusing but a bit thin in content and depth

Enjoyable quick book, certainly lightened the burden of raising teens these days but it's a bit light and airy. I wouldn't say if gave any real useful tools to apply in a practical manner

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A must for all parents of teenagers

This is a very clever and witty explanation of why teenagers act like they do ... and understanding that is a powerful aid to dealing with their issues and the difficulties inherent in relating to your nearest and dearest teens. It is full of moments where the authors put into words issues that the listener can relate to and give a logical explanation and insight. Much of it is common sense that gets lost in the fog of teenage angst, but they brilliantly put it into context and deflate the pressure. This should be compulsory listening for anyone with a teenager or a pre-teen.

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Outdated

I learned a little to be fair, and did stick with it to the end, but it REALLY needs updating to cover the 24/7 internet connected generation. The biggest criticism though... the narration was DREADFUL! Sounded like an 1950s information film. Snooty condescending tone made it hard for me to take ideas seriously.

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Good for Daughter /Morher

Reading the book through the stories as if conversations of parent Teenager was a good way to connect and relate to Teenager's own voice and they way they think, my only issue was the voices and conversations felt to me of a daughter and Mother which is useful if you are a Mum and have a daughter. Personally I have a son I didn't find a connection with them half as much. Girls and boys have different issues so If your a Dad with a son I would try to look for a book the concentrates more on Father / Son as you will likely get more out of it

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Fun but true

Very straight talking and informative, funny at times and deals with the tricky subjects too

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Not the updated version

Although you click the Audible link from the new edition: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Get-Out-Life-bestselling-teenagers/dp/1781253315/ref=sr_1_1?crid=Y0H1XVBAMDLX&keywords=get+out+of+my+life+but+first+take+me+and+alex+into+town&qid=1578248944&sprefix=get+out+of+my+life+but+first+%2Caps%2C167&sr=8-1
You get the older edition on Audible so it doesn't really cover the Social Media issues

I found that some of it was helpful but not as much as I'd hoped.

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fantastic

Loved this book very helpful and ive recommended it to friends! Narrator was fantastic,THank You.

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Ok, but...

I've got two teenage girls and quite a lot of what this author says is spot on. It's like she's been a fly on the wall in my house! However (admittedly, I'm not all the way though yet) I'm wanting to read about what parents DO with such things as nastiness from groups/and the whole social dynamics of when girls are left out of things and there's an undertone of meanness of girls who're "meant" to be friends. That's what's happening with one of my daughters and it's great to hear that that kind of thing does go on but if you've got the child who that's aimed at, then it'd be nice to hear how to manage it (and support your child) whilst it's happening. So, in that sense, it's not really telling me anything ...

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Great book for everyone

I found the book helpful, enjoyable, illuminating and hopeful.
I have passed it on to friends, colleagues and clients as many people struggle to understand what is happening in adolescence and worry about their role as parents.

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Dated

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Disappointingly dated but if you know absolutely nothing about teens this might be of some use. Worst of all the narrator is extremely patronising in tone. Unfortunately she seems to think that she is narrating to thick, badly behaved young teenagers instead of parents. It's also difficult to tell whether she is speaking the role of a teenager or a pathetic whiney parent. Probably the most irritating narration I've heard to date.

Has Get Out of My Life... put you off other books in this genre?

Not unless they're read by this narrator.

What didn’t you like about Lucy Paterson’s performance?

See above.

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