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All About Me: The Teenage Edition    by Philipp Keel order for
All About Me
by Philipp Keel
Order:  USA  Can
Broadway, 2004 (2004)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

This is the teenage edition of a popular series of books used for journaling, self exploration and party games (other editions include those for adults, couples, and even pets). The author suggests reading the book, or recording thoughts in it, going through it in sequence or opening it randomly, using it as a private journal or sharing it with friends - but above all being spontaneous in answering the questions.

After the 'I.D.' section (which, amongst other queries, asks you to describe your personality in one word) comes 'Soon', which includes entertaining questions about predictions on the future. 'Money & Things' includes 'Things you wish you could afford'). 'Head Spin' asks about 'Something forbidden you have done'. 'Knock Knock' gets into topics like religion, reincarnation and karma. 'Friends' looks at friends found and lost, their traits, advice etc.. I like '1-800-Wishing', which has stuff like 'Something you wished for, you got, and you now regret'. You're asked to ask yourself if you'd pet a snake, what time period you'd most like to live in, one question you'd like to ask God, ... and on it goes.

All About Me : The Teenage Edition is a clever idea, a fun, fill-in-the-blanks diary of likes, dislikes and life experiences, that's sure to provoke thought and (in a group) get a lively discussion going. I wonder if more young women might be open to this sort of self-examination than young men, but recommend it to both sexes as an entertaining activity book that can lead to a better understanding of self and friends.

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