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Not Much Just Chillin' - Linda Perlstein

Not Much Just Chillin'

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Published: 31st August 2004
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Suddenly they go from striving for A's to barely passing, from fretting about cooties to obsessing for hours about crushes. Former chatterboxes answer in monosyllables; freethinkers mimic everything from clothes to opinions. Their bodies and psyches morph through the most radical changes since infancy. They are kids in the middle-school years, the age every adult remembers well enough to dread.
Here at last is an up-to-date anthropology of this critically formative period. Prize-winning education reporter Linda Perlstein spent a year immersed in the lunchroom, classrooms, hearts, and minds of a group of suburban Maryland middle schoolers and emerged with this pathbreaking account. Perlstein reveals what's really going on under kids' don't-touch-me facade while they grapple with schoolwork, puberty, romance, and identity. A must-read for parents and educators, "Not Much Just Chillin'" offers a trail map to the baffling no-man's-land between child and teen.

"Perlstein's interpretation of what's going on inside [middle schooler's] hormone-charged world is information every educator and parent should have. . . . A fascinating and important book."
-Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Linda Perlstein has a wonderful and compassionate way of presenting the incredibly poignant day-to-day stories of middle schoolers. A truly valuable book."
-ANTHONY E. WOLF, PH.D., author of Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall?

"Chillin' may not make parents feel more comfortable about early adolescence's arrival in their household, but it will certainly make them more prepared."
-The New York Times

"PERLSTEIN IS A GODSEND. . . . ELOQUENTLY ARTICULATING THE STUDENTS' HIDDEN PERSPECTIVES."
-Washingtonian

Prologue: at least they can't shove me inp. 3
I can't believe the day's almost overp. 11
Everyone else thinks it's a stupid plane crashp. 25
Any girl will obsess over at least 1 guy in their lifep. 39
Stop! don't touch! get Out!p. 50
I'm scary enough as it isp. 59
There's always next quarterp. 69
It's not you it's mep. 82
I can't make her do anythingp. 95
I barely ever have a chance to make fun of anyonep. 105
But what does this actually have to do with real life?p. 113
Purple, is that close enough?p. 128
I don't care about the snack passp. 135
Not much just chillin'p. 145
It's the jackie show!p. 151
I'm not that curious anyonep. 161
I love yo more than words can sayp. 173
Sometimes I wanna say stuff, but I don't wanna say stuffp. 177
Another survivor of the woodsp. 189
She started humping me! and I was like :-Op. 201
Now you have the persentage of your lovep. 210
She's lost to usp. 218
This is the most I ever typed in one day!p. 223
Why do people always take sex as a play thing?p. 232
There's nothing to be scared of in middle schoolp. 240
Epilogue: You get good at something and then you move onp. 246
Notesp. 251
Selected bibliographyp. 257
Acknowledgmentsp. 261
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780345475763
ISBN-10: 0345475763
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 31st August 2004
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.5 x 13.4  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1