The Secret is an international phenomenon that has inspired millions of people to live extraordinary lives. The Secret to Teen Power makes that material accessible and relevant for today's over programmed, stressed-out teens. It explains how the law of attraction can help teens navigate their friendships, relationships, schoolwork, money, and even more global issues like politics and the environment. It all happens through the basic principles outlined in The Secret to Teen Power that will bring happiness and fulfillment for all who embrace it.
The power of positive thinking is given a rather dubious makeover in this book, where readers are not only encouraged to think of the things they want but to act as if they are already in possession of their hearts' desires. Although the power of thought is undeniable to many, the method described here seems arrogant at best. The text implicitly tells teens that all they have to do to achieve anything in life is to really want it, think about it constantly, and act as if it has already been given to them. In fact, readers are cautioned against trying too hard or working toward a goal: "Relax, kick back, and feel fantastic." The questionable advice will likely deter thoughtful readers, and the cloying, falsified adolescent voice will turn off all teens. Harrington alternates between a desperate attempt at an authentic teen voice and a comforting, all-knowing narration to sooth the minds of those readers who find "all this technical stuff" far over their heads. Perhaps the worst moment in the text comes when Harrington implies that victims of natural disasters and tragedies have unintentionally brought their fates upon themselves. Because these people have "been conditioned to believe that you get what you're given in life," the implication is that they have somehow attracted tragedy in the same way that this book encourages readers to draw prosperity. Although this book does present some inspirational stories and creative suggestions, it will not appeal to teen readers, the precise audience for whom it was intended.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Harrington promises to reveal the most powerful law in the universe that teens can then use to "create the life of their dreams." He calls it the "law of attraction." He goes on to promote believing in oneself and following one's passions as a way to find fame and fortune. Thinking positive thoughts is all well and good, but when the author writes that optimistic thinking will clear up pimples or that avoiding news coverage about current events (because it will only attract bad thoughts) will keep you healthy and on the right track, it puts the credibility of this self-help guide in doubt. Then Harrington writes that whatever happens to you is a result of what you think about. "Victims of tragedy didn't ask for their fate (and they totally didn't deserve it). They probably didn't even know they were capable of attracting stuff. But still, there's an attraction. And that's because the law of attraction operates whether you know about it or not. People who don't know THE SECRET are attracting by default." This is cruel advice to give to an adolescent. If a 13-year-old who is being abused reads this, will he think that the abuse is his fault because he attracted it? What about a 17-year-old whose boyfriend hits her? Did she attract the violence? This is a philosophy of blaming the victims, placing the onus for bad things happening in their lives squarely on them.—Geri Diorio, The Ridgefield Library, CT
For Ages: 11 - 18 years old
For Grades: 6 - 12
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 7th September 2009
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Dimensions (cm): 18.5 x 13.4 x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.31